File puptcrit/puptcrit.0604, message 292


Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 09:59:15 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
To: Elizabeth-AT-lucedesigns.com, puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: [Puptcrit] Puppet guild -Baroque marionette opera at NWPC


Northwest Puppet Center presents Carter Family's annual 18th century  
marionette
opera, "The Tragedy of Tragedies: The Life and Death of Tom Thumb"

May 12 through 21, 2006.  Champagne reception Friday May 12, after  
performance.

Carter Family Marionettes' annual 18th century marionette opera, "The  
Tragedy
of Tragedies: The Life and Death of Tom Thumb".


This rollicking risque and satirical libretto was penned in 1731 by  
Henry Fielding
(the notorious author of "Tom Jones"). The lively music includes pieces
by Arne, Hasse and the Celtic harpist O'Carollan, as well as British  
ballads and
airs. "Tom Thumb" was one of the most popular operas in England and  
Ireland
throughout the 18th century and continued to be staged for nearly 100  
years. The
diminutive hero, Tom Thumb, meets up with a lusty giantess, King  
Arthur, the Wizard
Merlin, a ghost, and a hungry cow in this farcical work, which  
anticipates later
trends in British "Panto" and Monty Python. The Carter family join  
forces
with great fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld, outstanding harpsichordist,  
Jillon Stoppels
Dupree, and woodwinds whiz Mark Roberts. A lively fusion of  
marionettes, folk music,
and baroque opera.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors (65+) and youth (up to  
age 16)

Showtimes are Fridays -AT- 8:00 p.m., Saturdays -AT- 2:00 & 8:00 p.m., and  
Sundays
-AT- 2:00 p.m.

Contact the box office at 206-523-2579

info on the web at http://www.nwpuppet.org or email info-AT-nwpuppet.org



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