Puppets on the rock

  • Sat Feb 13th, 2010 12:42am
  • Life
Above: the green bird that features in the performance. Above right: in the puppet show by Oregon Shadow Theatre being presented on Lopez Island

Above: the green bird that features in the performance. Above right: in the puppet show by Oregon Shadow Theatre being presented on Lopez Island

On Saturday the Oregon Shadow Theatre presents their show “The green bird: a Mexican story” as part of the on going series “puppets on the rock.” The company are preforming under the auspices of the Lopez based Northwest Puppet Center. The center’s creative directors, Chris and Stephen Carter, received requests for puppet theatre appropriate for all ages, and so the idea for the “puppets on the rock” series was born. This was designed to organize and host a variety of quality puppet theatre, and Saturday’s show promises to be just that.

“We love their work” says Chris Carter, talking about the Oregon Shadow Theatre. “People in American have an idea that shadow puppetry is all black and white, but shadow puppets can be vibrant. It looks like stained glass windows come alive.” With the promised additions of live music and humor, Carter is very excited about showing the “The Green Bird” to the public. “People can expect a lot of magic, they can expect to be amazed.”

Performed at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, the show is the magical tale of friendship brought to the stage by Deb Chase and Mick Doherty, founders of the award-winning, Portland based troupe. In this performance, Miguel never returns from the carnival so Luisa sets off to find her friend. The heroine meets skateboarding skeletons, the revolutionalry Pancho Villa and other fantastic characters.

There is a chance to take part in a free workshop with shadow master Deb Chase on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1.30p.m. Register with the library (468-2265)