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Press Release

Contact Person: Gloria C. Gipson, Executive Director
Phone: 318-525-0740 / 318-621-8914 (2nd Line & Fax)

"The Toad Prince"
(A Chinese version of “Beauty and the Beast”)

Leon Anderson

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Teacher's Guide

Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport is planning a special performance for the month of November for day cares, head start, and school aged children, grades Pre-K thru 5th, as we present The Puppet Arts Theatre from Jackson, MS, under the direction of Peter Zapletal, Artistic Director. This 2-day arts-in-education field trip will feature a puppet performance of “The Toad Prince” on Wednesday, November 2, and Thursday, November 3, at The Riverview Theatre, 600 Clyde Fant Parkway in downtown Shreveport. Performance times are as follows: Wednesday, November 2, the first show is from 9:00 – 10:00 am, 2nd show is from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon. Thursday, November 3, the first show is from 9:00 – 10:00 am and the 2nd show is from 11:00 – 12:00 noon. Teachers may choose their preference of days and performance hours to attend. Tickets are $5.00.

“The Toad Prince” is a colorful Chinese retelling of “The Beauty and the Beast” filled with memorable characters.  In this version, Indri, the main character, a son of a Water Sprite and the King of the Toads, inherits the ugliness of his father.  How Indri, the Toad Prince, is transformed physically and spiritually is an enchanting story with a moral to remember. With its delicate Oriental flavor, the puppet show will appeal to boys and girls of all ages.

The Puppet Arts Theatre is a professional touring company under the direction of Peter Zapletal, an award-winning puppetry producer and animator.  Mr. Zapletal received a degree in puppetry from the Academy for Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic.  He will be joined on stage by Olivia Hansford and Lesley Raybon.  The voices for the puppets are provided by Kimberly Stoutner, James Goodman, Oliver Stoutner, and Peter Zapletal.  The designs of the puppets were done by Erica Flannes and set design for the production was created by Jarmila Zapletal, professional puppet maker and designer. The Puppet Arts Theatre is devoted to bringing exciting and memorable performances to its audiences.  Since 1968, this theater has thrilled children of all ages from Boston to Tampa and throughout the Southeast with magical and thrilling theatrical experiences. 

A Teacher’s Guide for “The Toad Prince” is also available. Tickets may be purchased by cash or checks. For more information contact the Theatre of the Performing Arts office at 318-525-0740 or 318-621-8914.