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March 8, 2011 > Pastor performs Marionette show

Pastor performs Marionette show

Submitted By Steve Norman

The National Puppet Theater has been creating and performing marionette shows throughout the country since 1950 at schools, fairs, theatres and television. This presentation of "Peter and the Wolf" is sure to capture the interest and imaginations of audiences of all ages. "My family started the National Puppet Theater, a few years before I was born. Making puppets and doing puppet shows was just a normal part of growing up in the Norman family. My earliest memory is being set down for a nap in an open puppet trunk as a baby. While most children went on a vacation during the summer months, I was traveling the country performing with my family. The marionette Peter and the Wolf was packed in storage for many years until my daughter and her husband rebuilt and restored the show to its original charm in 2008" says Reverend Steve Norman.

The string puppet version of "Peter and the Wolf" features traditional music and beautiful handcrafted marionette puppets. Based on the Russian children's musical symphony composed by Serge Prokofiev in 1936, the show promises to be a delight to young and old alike. Prokofiev was commissioned to write the symphony in order to cultivate "musical tastes in children from the first years of school". The result was the creation of a colorful cast of characters, each represented by a musical instrument. Peter is identified by the violin contrasting him with his grandfather and the slow, deliberate bassoon. The flute plays the bird theme. The oboe represents the quack of the duck. The wolf is represented by haunting French horns and the cat by the clarinet.

Admission is free, but guests may bring items to donate (children's book, art paper, colorful crayons, fun art supplies or stickers to share) that will benefit low-income families with preschool age kids identified through the Compassion Network.

Popcorn and drinks will be offered for a donation to support Clean Water Wells in Africa. For more information on the National Puppet Theater, visit

Marionette show
Saturday, March 19
2 p.m.
New Hope Community Church
2190 Peralta Blvd., Fremont
(510) 739-0430

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