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Puppet workshop, free show at Warren Cultural Center

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 9:53 a.m. CDT

GREENFIELD — The acclaimed Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre will offer local children and adults the chance to learn about puppetry and perform during a three-day artist-in-residency June 12-14 at Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield.

Community members will join with the puppeteers to present “Immigrant Stew at the Chat ‘n’ Chew,” a performance written by Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander.

Students who have completed third grade (this spring) and above can sign up to participate in the three-day workshop/camp. Cost is only $2.50 for the entire program. Mornings will be spent rehearsing for the performance; afternoons will include workshops where they will learn to make puppets and about music and history. Adults are invited to join in the rehearsals. No theater experience is necessary.

The free public performance will be presented 1:30 p.m. June 14 in the Warren Cultural Center auditorium. (Free-will donations appreciated.)

To register, contact Angie Engles at Adair County Extension, phone 641-743-8412.

The program is sponsored by Warren Cultural Center, Adair County Extension, AmericCorps State of Promise, Greenfield Lions Club and Greenfield Optimist Club, supported in part by Humanities Iowa.

“Immigrant Stew at the Chat ‘n’ Chew” deals with universal issues brought on by generations of immigration into the rural Midwest. The script will make the audience laugh, while thinking about serious issues. The performance is accompanied with music by Ron Hillis.

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre was founded in 1974 to provide quality performances and workshops, educating the public about the art of puppetry and establishing a regional center, Owl Glass Puppetry Center, in 1985 in West Liberty. The troupe has performed at six national festivals, numerous regional festivals and traveled to 28 states. In addition, they have performed at international festivals, traveling and touring in Germany, Japan, Austria and the Czech Republic. Eulenspiegel is known for witty scripts, original and expressive puppet designs, soft-sculpted, hand-dyed scenery, evocative music and strong graphics.

To learn more about Eulenspiegel, go to www.puppetspuppets.com. Information about the Warren Cultural Center is available at www.warrenculturalcenter.com.

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