Northwest Puppet Center will continue its season of puppetry on Lopez Island and expand to present puppet shows in Friday Harbor, as well.
On Thanksgiving weekend, islanders and their friends and family can see the premier of Carter Family Marionettes newest production, “Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” The performances will be Nov. 26, 2 p.m., at the Marie Boe Theater on the San Juan County Fairgrounds and on Nov. 27, 11 a.m., at the Lopez Community Center.
“Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is an old folk tale motif woven into an amusing poem by Goethe and later immortalized by Mickey Mouse in Fantasia. The Carter Family has conjured up a new phantasmagoria by pairing it with a 19th century Parisian hand puppet play by Louis Emile Duranty.
Stephen Carter translated this play from a rare antique volume in Northwest Puppet Center’s research library. Carter Family Marionettes, a favorite act at the San Juan County Fair, has also added their own touches of humor, love and fantasy to the production.
Stephen and Chris Carter, founders and artistic directors of Carter Family Marionettes, spent most of the fall building the puppets, stage and sets for this show and rehearsing it in their barn workshop on the southend of Lopez. The cast of characters are hand carved of linden wood by Stephen and costumed by Chris. The Lopez gypsy band, Ciapa Matei, is featured as part of the soundtrack for the show.
Advance tickets are available on San Juan at the SJ County Fair Office and on Lopez at Blossom Organic Grocery and Islehaven Books. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.