Full of colors, masks, puppets, actors and music, Turtle Island at PuppetART Detroit Puppet Theater will whisk you and the kids into a whimsical world inspired by Native American legends on Saturdays from April 7 to 28, 2012.
Turtle Island is the story of two brothers learning through their adventures in the world that all things are connected. It also shares their struggle to understand that people "are a living part of the natural world," PuppetART's website says.
Throughout the month of April, PuppetART will celebrate national and local ties to puppetry. Detroit itself has deep roots in the art dating back to 1929, when puppeteer Paul McPharlin formed the Marionette Fellowship near Woodward Avenue and Hancock, according to a PuppetART press release about the month's celebrations.
The first National Puppetry Conference Festival also was held in Detroit, it says, and "brought together prominent puppeteers from all over the United States and Canada to celebrate puppetry and share new works." This local event eventually led to the establishment of the Puppeteers of America!
On the last day of Turtle Island – April 28, 2012 – the show ends with a Day of Puppetry event. Open to all ages, it will be a mix of Native American festivities as well as a fun celebration of puppetry's history.
PuppetART Detroit was originally formed in 1995 by three Russian puppeteers after they had traveled through parts of the United States and Michigan, making it the only "professional resident puppet theater" in southeast Michigan, PuppetART says.
Turtle Island, a story inspired by the legends of the native North American people, is performed at 2 p.m. on April 7, 14, 21 and 28. There's also a special performance Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 10 a.m. The Turtle Island shows are recommended for children ages 7 and older.
For more information on Turtle Island at PuppetART Detroit Puppet Theater, check out Metro Parent's listing.