Back by Popular Demand: Tanglewood Marionettes with “Cinderella”

On Sunday, April 22, the award-winning Tanglewood Marionettes returns to Flushing Town Hall for a special presentation of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. This family show and interactive arts workshop are sure to inspire a love for puppetry in children and adults alike.

Set in the eighteenth century and featuring a dozen lavishly costumed marionettes, this production of Cinderella is a Tanglewood Marionettes showpiece. The story unfolds as the pages of a giant book open to reveal each beautifully painted setting–the village square, the rustic kitchen, the magnificent ballroom, plus many more (one of our scenes even “pops” right out of the book!).

All your favorite characters will be there, from gentle Cinderella to the bumptious Step-Sisters and the charming Prince, and each marionette is manipulated with precision and grace by talented puppeteers. While the telling is based on the original beloved tale, this presentation brings a few new surprises: Cinderella’s method of conveyance to the ball is NOT your traditional coach-and-four, and, when all hope seems lost, a clever little bluebird saves the day for Cinderella.

Puppeteers Peter Schaefer, Jennifer Tebo and Stephen Hancock will lead the performance.

In March, Flushing Town Hall’s presentation of Tanglewood Marionettes’ The Dragon King, along with a family-friendly workshop, sold out. The underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, featured colorful sea creatures, an exciting adventure, and gorgeous puppets.

Founded in 1993, Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally touring marionette theater based in New England. Large, beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, colorful sets, and integrated lighting and sound create a fully immersive theatrical experience. Its highly skilled puppeteers have spent many years perfecting their art and delighting audiences of all ages as they bring a repertoire of classic tales to life. Tanglewood Marionettes is the recipient of two UNIMA awards, puppetry’s highest honor, for The Dragon King and An Arabian Adventure.

Prior to the show, the Tanglewood Marionettes will demonstrate the basics of marionette puppet manipulation through an interactive arts workshop. Participants will be provided with handcrafted marionettes and learn simple movement techniques to express emotion. The marionettes are unpainted to showcase the construction and joining techniques.

Tickets to the interactive arts workshop are $8/$5 Children and free for members with tickets to 2:15 pm show. Space is limited to 25 participants.  The workshop is strongly recommended for ages 8 years old and up.  Past experience has taught us that children younger than 8 will find the marionettes too complex and will be frustrated by the workshop.  If a child younger than 8 wishes to participate, we ask that they are accompanied by a parent.

Tickets to family performance – ideal for children in kindergarten through sixth grade – are $14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children. For more information, visit  www.flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700 x222.

This winter and Spring, Flushing Town Hall will continue to open its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program”, which is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture, all 13- to 19-year-olds (whether a member or not) are welcome to attend any performance for free.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

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