The top floor of my old grade school has been invaded by puppets. Squallis Puppeteers has brought their unique blend of storytelling and hand-made puppets to the halls of what used to be Our Mother of Sorrows school. (If you attended Forecastle, you saw their giant, ten-foot-tall puppets wandering through the crowds and dancing throughout the festival.) And this Saturday, they open their space to the public and present a show and workshop.
This is part of their First Saturday series, where they present one of their scripted puppet shows and hold a puppet-making workshop afterwards. This month showcases “Rage-O-Saurus Rex,” a tale about two dinosaur friends, a baby T-Rex and Pterodactyl, who struggle with their tempers. A wise volcano provides wisdom to the two baby dinosaurs. After the show, you can stick around to attend a puppet-making workshop where you can create your own dinosaur puppet.
The family-friendly group has been performing in Louisville since 1997, but have only been at their current location for a few years. The doors for the First Saturday show open at 12:45. The show starts at 1, and the events of the day should be over by 3. It’s $5 per person for admission to the show and an additional $5 for the workshop. You can visit them this Saturday at the old school, 770 Eastern Parkway. For more information on First Saturdays or to book your own puppet show, you can contact Squallis Puppeteers at 502-636-1974 or [email protected] Of course, you can also visit their website.
Photo Credit: Squallis Puppeteers