Experience the Little Pirate Mermaid this summer


I love the arts!  All kinds of art!  One of my favorites is the puppetry arts.  The skill of the puppeteer is truly something to marvel at.  How is that they can take a solid wooden face and make me feel as if I am right there experiencing their emotions with them?

I fell in love with the Muppets as a child, and you better believe I was tuned in each time the show was on television.   I even made my own Beaker doll when I was in high school.  Yes, high school!  Did it in my Home Economics class!

Jim Henson truly captured my heart from a young age.  As a matter of fact, I think we can even go back further than that!  I LOVED Sesame Street too!  My mother told me that I was a BIG fan of that beloved yellow bird, Big Bird!  And I made sure to pass my love for these adorable puppets onto to my children!

Puppets appeal to us.  They create an illusion of life through movement, gestures, sounds, and words.   They are fun and poke fun at others.  They face conflicts and fears.  They help audiences experience a world unlike their own where flying through the air is normal or talking to dinosaurs is welcomed.  A puppet show is a beautiful theatrical experience that audiences of all ages can delight in, and the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta will bring a fun-filled family puppet show just in time for summer fun!



Flap your flippers, and prepare to make a splash! The Little Pirate Mermaid returns to the puppet stage with a swashbuckling twist, June 7- July 17. What’s in store for the mermaid princess turned helpful pirate and her buccaneer beau? Take the plunge to see! This fantastical fish tale features a bountiful ocean of puppets, characters, original music, stunning stage effects and bubbly action! Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s whale of a tale, The Little Pirate Mermaid is a part of the Center’s 2016-2017 Family Series.

Led by skilled puppeteers Reay Kaplan, Lyndsay Ricketson, Amy Sweeney and Tim Sweeney, this pirate quest includes more than 40 handcrafted marionette, shadow and hand-and-rod puppets, created onsite by the Center’s talented staff and master puppet builder Jason Hines. Marionettes and lighting effects are combined to create the illusion of underwater weightlessness for the mermaid princess and friends, while boisterous sounds and other puppetry styles are used to bring other scenes, like the naval battle and attack of the monstrous squid, to life. By combining a well-known fable with high seas adventure, the shipshape tale of The Little Pirate Mermaid is the perfect adventure for pirates of all ages.

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As part of the Center’s ASD initiative, a sensory-friendly performance of The Little Pirate Mermaid will be held on Sunday, July 10 at 1 p.m. This special afternoon will allow guests with autism sensory disorder to experience the show and Create-A-Puppet Workshop in a comfortable and safe setting with staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD. Along with a quiet zone in the lobby, several performance alterations will be employed including theater lights dimmed down (but not out), consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk during the show and leave their seats, if necessary, and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. Create-A-Puppet Workshop classrooms will be brighter, quieter and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs.

Recommended for ages 4 and up, The Little Pirate Mermaid is presented in the Mainstage Theater, June 7- July 17 with discounted preview days, June 7-8 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Regular show times are as follows:

 Tuesday – Friday*: 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

 Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

 Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

*There are no performances on Monday, July 4, as the Center is closed on Mondays.

Sensory-friendly show times are as follows:

 Sunday, July 10: 1 p.m.

* Create-A-Puppet Workshop will be held after the show from 1:45- 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for $10.25 (members) and $20.50 (nonmembers).  They can be purchased online at WWW.PUPPET.ORG  or by calling the ticket sales office at  404-873-3391. All-inclusive show tickets include the Worlds of Puppetry Museum admission, as well as entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, where kids can make their own Stingray Marionette Puppet.

Guess what Atlanta readers?  We have a family four pack of tickets to give away to the June 11 showing at 11 am.


Giveaway ends June 7, 2016.

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  1. Arlynn Suarez says
    Ahoy Matey!! Can't wait to splash with pirates, find some pirate's booty and walk the plank at Center for Puppetry Arts! :-)
  2. Rene Juan says
    Yo Ho! A pirate's life for me! My family would love exploring for treasure or the magical world or Pandora! :-D
  3. Paula Hogsed says
    Fabulous! I used to enjoy traditional Punch and Judy shows in England growing up, i'd love for my 3yr old to see some puppet shows, they're so unique and special!
  4. Nicolette Rodgers says
    This is great! My 5 year old has already decided she wants to be a puppeteer when she grows up :-)

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