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October 25, 2011 > Marionette Hansel and Gretel Show

Marionette Hansel and Gretel Show

Submitted By Steve Norman

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to the Nutcracker marionette performance last December, New Hope Community Church is sponsoring a marionette version of Hansel and Gretel as a gift to the community.

The National Puppet Theatre is proud to present a delightful musical adaptation of the favorite Grimm's fairy tale, featuring music from Engelbert Humperdinck's opera. The wicked witch, candy cottage, exploding oven, and dancing brooms all combine for great entertainment for young and old alike. The string puppet version of Hansel and Gretel features beautiful handcrafted marionette puppets created by The National Puppet Theatre.

The National Puppet Theatre has been creating and performing marionette shows throughout the country since 1950 at schools, fairs, theatres, and on television. This presentation is sure to capture the interest and imaginations of audiences of all ages.

Says Rev. Steve Norman, "My family started the National Puppet Theatre in 1950, 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."

Rev. Norman's father Eric and uncle Len Piper formed the National Puppet Theatre and toured the Midwest performing primarily at schools. As time passed the touring company branched out to television, fairs and other venues. Rev. Norman's cousins and siblings also performed with puppets and have gone on to careers in theater and puppetry.

New Hope Community Church hosts events such as the puppet show to let the community know that they are here and that they care about the neighborhood. Worship is at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday and childcare is provided. For details, contact Steve Norman.

Marionette Hansel and Gretel Show
Saturday, October 29
2 p.m.
New Hope Community Church
2190 Peralta Blvd., Fremont
(510) 739-0430

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