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The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is proud to announce a virtual open house presented with Open House New York. Taking place on October 17 & 18, the open house will offer an in-depth look into the history of the theatre and its puppeteers, followed by “Puppet Time,” our first-ever Puppet Slam showcase.
11:00 AM ET:
Part I: A History of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre facilitated by Swedish American puppeteer Cinna Vesterberg
From its origin in Sweden, through its journey to Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park’s Centennial Exhibition in 1876, to its final, current destination in Central Park, Cinna will explore this schoolhouse-turned-marionette-theatre’s intriguing history and place as an Historic House Landmark.
Part II: Behind the Scenes with Swedish Cottage Marionette Puppeteers facilitated by Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Artistic Director Bruce Cannon
The Swedish Cottage puppeteers’ history began 63 years after the Swedish Schoolhouse debuted at the Historic 1876 Centennial Exhibition. Bruce Cannon will take us through the history of the puppeteers and their fascinating journey as a puppet troupe into the 21st century.
12:00 PM ET
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre presents Puppet Time
With support from the Puppet Slam Network, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, housed in the historic theatre in Central Park, will be presenting a digital family-friendly Puppet Slam, “Puppet Time,” originally planned to be performed live during Open House NY weekend. Brought to you virtually from various sites in Central Park. The hour-long “Puppet Time”will feature familiar and never-before-seen marionettes, performances that demonstrate the collective and individual talents of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre puppeteers, past and present.
“Puppet Time” is funded in part by the Puppet Slam Network (a project of IBEX Puppetry).
Download our fun activity book for kids to follow along as you watch The Princess, The Emperor and The Duck!
Perfect for educators, parents and kids (Grades: Pre-K – 3), enjoy different activities you can do at home while learning more about the Swedish Cottage, the art of marionette puppetry and the story.
Follow our easy tutorial, using simple materials found around the house. In just a few easy steps, you’ll be able to make your own unicorn puppet, based on our new show, Wake Up, Daisy!. We’d love to see your creations! Post your puppet using #cpfanywhere and tag @cpfnyc.
Click to download our custom coloring pages from our past shows at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre! Print them out or save them to open up on a digital application. Share your creations with us! Email it to us at email@example.com or share via social and tag us @cpfnyc and #CPFanywhere
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