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Press Release

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

"Carnival of the Animals – Puppet Show"

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 Carnival of Animals on Wednesday, November 15, and Thursday, November 16, at The Riverview Theatre, 600 Clyde Fant Parkway in downtown Shreveport.  Wednesday & Thursday performance times are as follows:  the first show is from 9:00 – 10:00 am, 2nd show is from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon.  Teachers may choose their preference days and performance hours to attend.  Tickets are $5.00 per person, cash or checks only.

Carnival of the Animals, in the words of the French composer, Camille Saint-Saens, is a grand zoological fantasy for orchestra.  Puppet Arts Theatre, inspired by this famous musical score, set the show in a circus.  It is a hilarious romp through animal, clown, and other creature acts.  Chickens on a seesaw, an elephant, and tortoise and the hare re-create their famous race.  Rabbits on a trampoline and a six foot tall bird are featured in this show designed to entertain. Children from the audience join the professional cast on stage and perform with the puppets made by the company.

Puppet Arts Theatre is a professional touring company under the direction of Peter Zapletal, an award-winning puppetry producer.  His television specials, produced for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, have been seen nationwide on PBS.  Mr. Zapletal received MA degree in puppetry from the Academy for Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic.  He will be joined on stage by Erica Flannes and Lesley Raybon.  Jarmila Zapletal, a professional puppet maker and designer, shared in the creation of the puppets and the sets for the production.

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 exciting theatrical experiences.  Puppet Arts Theatre is on the Performing Arts Touring Program of the Mississippi Arts Commission.

A Teacher’s Guide for Carnival of the Animals is available.  For more information contact the Theatre of the Performing Arts’ office at 318-525-0740 or 318-621-8914.