Junior Auxiliary of Leland presents PUPPET ARTS THEATRE production of “The Carnival of the Animals,” during Leland Frog Fest and 20th anniversary celebration of The Jim Henson Delta Boyhood Exhibit. Made possible in part by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, this performance will be presented at Leland High School Auditorium during the festival on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm. For more information call (662) 686-7383 or visit www.lelandfrogfest.com.
CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS is, in the words of the French composer Camille Saint-Saens, 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.