Come see an eye-catching array of over 150 puppets from around the world ( 15 different countries) as we celebrate creativity and the ingenuity of people from a variety of world cultures. Also included are puppets that represent our own American favorites from movies and stories. Latest additions are Bross marionettes from Germany and an exciting display of Mexican puppets . . . Viva los titeres!!! Open the 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month 1- 4 pm.
Like puppets? We have plenty . . .
At the Fine Arts Center, 58 South 100 West Brigham City
Watch for periodic special puppet shows .
(call 435-723-0740 or email us at email@example.com for more information)
Piggie Tail Tales and Tongue Twisters
Come see "Piggie Tails" - a few old and some new stories with and about pigs, help us celebrate with "Positively Pompous Pig Patter" a few songs and some lively puppet characters. We will be learning about the story ( And book) "Pigasso and Mootise" by Nina Laden, and make a related pig craft.
This show will be performed at various Weber County Libraries July 2016.
(still left: the Eden library Tuesday morning July 26. )
Puppets in the City
Saturday August 13, 2016
The Fine Arts Center along with The Northern Utah Puppetry Guild and Historic downtown Brigham City 's Farmer's Market will be celebrating a Saturday full of youth arts and crafts and Puppets!!! Come see puppeteers from around the state perform. Check out fun related wares like puppets and dress up clothes, face painting, balloon tying including a balloon tying class, . Puppet events will be set up inside the ( roomy and air-conditioned ) downtown Union Block Building in downtown Brigham City, and just a hop, skip, and a jump our local Farmer's market. Puppet shows and puppet demos are planned every half hour from 9:30 to 2:30 with booths closing down shortly afterwards.
Puppet Museum Background--
Here is a fun hands on place for "kids" of all ages to learn about world culture and enjoy puppets. We have everything from hand and sock puppets to marionettes. See authentic Indonesian shadow and rod puppets. See hand carved log masks from Africa, and marionettes from Burma and India, our own Sound of Music specials, and much, much more. Open Museum time includes demonstrations, a Punch and Judy show at 2 pm, free puppet making activities, and puppet story time. Puppet tours and workshops are also available by appointment.
The World of Puppetry Museum was opened in 2000 and has continued to grow with new exhibits on the art and history of puppetry. People have been making puppets since we have had written history, notes Susan Neidert, Fine Arts Center director. In a world where most people were not literate, puppets were used to convey religious and public messages as well as to entertain. In China puppets preceded live theater, so later actors wore elaborate masks to appear as puppets. Shadow puppets may have been among the first example of puppets. The World of Puppetry Museum has a variety of puppets, old and new, domestic and foreign. Different kinds of puppets are made all over the world, and examples of puppets and marionettes from Indonesia, Burma, Africa, India, Czechoslovakia, Nepal and a Chinese silk hand puppet join the familiar Kermit and Lamb Chop in the museum. A 1930s marionette and a 1940-50 Howdy Doody puppet set are found in the show cases, along with variations on the old Punch and Judy shows popular in England. Both adults and children alike will recognize characters from The Sound of Music and fairy tales.
Puppets are great story tellers. They can also tell us alot about ourselves, how we feel, or entertain us with music and dance. Hands on exhibits at the World of Puppetry Museum include a barrel full of loveable hand puppets and a large mirror to perform in front of, a few boxes of marionettes where you can pull the strings, and a shadow stage complete with instructions on hand shaped shadows and a couple sets of stories like the three bears or the three little pigs. Or you can try your hand at making your own puppet craft. All craft activities are free, but donations are welcome. Periodic special puppet shows suggest a small admission fee, average $2 per person or $5 per family.
Special thanks to The (Utah) Office of Museum Services who through funding awarded by the state legislature are now offer small grants to museums like ours to further develop exhibits. We also thank the Neidert Family, Carolyn Frank, Alida and Dr. Tom Hannum, The Randy Jones family, Jill Rasmussen, Trevor Wilkerson, Karen Everton, Dona Price, Rosemarie Howard, Kenway Miller, Silverio, DeeAnn Nichols and Arlene Heck for puppet donations.
Want to see more on puppets and puppet resources? We are members of Puppeteers of America- see www.puppeteers.org