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The Puppet-o-Rama festival is coming up fast!  It is a comprehensive festival that offers workshops, performances and talks all by amazing puppeteers!  It runs from Fri July 30th to Monday morning of August 2nd, and takes place at the Seattle University campus on Capitol Hill.  You can sign up for the whole shebang for $227, OR, you can sign up for one of the two full days for $100 (a pretty sweet deal considering the plethora of activities you get).

Even more flexible, you can just show up for a string of open-to-the-public performances, for which you do not have to have a festival pass. These are $8 for kids and $10 for adults, and look totally awesome. Below is a list of all the performances that are open to the public and you can find descriptions of all of them here:

*Friday, July 30, 9:45pm: Puppet SLAM!   (adult audiences only)
*Saturday, July 31, 1:00pm: Rogue Artists Ensemble “Frog Belly Rat Bone” (all ages)
*Saturday, July 31, 7:30pm: Leonidas Kassapides “Karaghiozis Saves the Econmoy” (all ages, adult themes)
*Saturday, July 31, 9:00pm: Mind of a Snail “Plasticity Now” (all ages, adult themes)
*Sunday, August 1, 1:00pm: Peter Allen/Parasol Puppets “The Amazing Mysto’s Magic Show” (all ages)
*Sunday, August 1, 4:00pm: Thistle Theatre “The Tale of Two Bad Mice” (all ages)

All tickets for public shows available through Brown Paper Tickets.

I’m excited about “Karaghiozis Saves the Econmoy”:
Karaghiozis Saves the Economy is one of the dozens of neotraditional satyrical shadow plays that prove once more that slap-stick-shadow-adventurous-anarchy on the bigger than life screen can bring peace and magic to multicultural world.

And also “Plasticity Now!”
Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. are a shadow puppet duo from the Sunshine Coast of B.C. Since 2003, Jessica Gabriel and Chlo Ziner have been developing a multi-layered style of visual storytelling using an overhead projector (OHP) as their main light source. Their performances combine originally crafted puppets, music, masked characters, recycled waste, and eclectic experimentations in lighting and timing.

And actually, there is a special promotion where you can buy tickets to both these shows (one is at 7:30PM, the other at 9PM on the same night) for $15! You will see this option on the Brown Paper Tickets website on your way to check out.

If you have any questions, contact Artistic Director Nick Hubbard at: artistic-director@puppet-o-rama.org

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