Giant Puppets Take the Stage at the Ritz

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The dinosaur and the ant will be on stage at the Ritz in Blytheville.

The Ritz Civic Center in Blytheville will be filled with shrieks of delight on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30 PM when The Arts Council of Mississippi County presents Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre with their giant puppet musical, Aesop's Dinosaur Fable.

Aesop's Dinosaur Fable is a mammoth musical featuring nine-foot-tall glow-in-the-

dark dinosaur puppets and a live actress. The Ant, wee "TryANTasaurus," played by actress and puppet builder Holli Rubin, attempts to teach the dinosaur to "Prepare today for the needs of tomorrow," because The Farmer Ant's Almanac predicts an ICE STORM blowing their way. Puppeteer and lyricist Jerry Bickel performs as the giant prehistoric dinosaur puppet.

The musical was inspired by the theater troupe's cultural exchange projects in the Caribbean. A Carnival atmosphere prevails in the show. Cool classic Greek and hot island motifs mix in the music, dance and design of the play. The transformed classic becomes a musical fable for modern times. Blending elements of music, lighting, special set design, sound, costumes and puppets of all sizes, the story comes to life on stage.

Bits 'N Pieces Theatre has been creating original musical productions adapted from classic children's literature for 35 years. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the company spends most of the year on national tour. This season's touring production has already thrilled audiences in Japan, the Czech Republic, Taiwan and the United States.

Aesop's Dinosaur Fable is part of the 2012-2013 Series presented by The Arts Council of Mississippi County. This fun for all ages, live family show will be performed at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 16th at the The Ritz, 306 W. Main in Blytheville.

Adult tickets are $10.00, and children twelve and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Clearly this is a great family entertainment value. For more information, call (870) 762-1744, or visit the website www.artsmissco.org.

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