05/26/2011: ""Thumbelina" At The Fair"
Original Flower Child Comes to the Fairground -- Northwest Puppet Center is proud to present a fanciful and visually stunning version of "Thumbelina" performed by Oregon Shadow Theatre, Sunday, May 29 at 2:00 pm in the Marie Boe Building an the County Fairgrounds.
Oregon Shadow Theatre brings their award-winning combination of intricate, brightly colored shadow puppets and live music on hammer dulcimer, electric guitar and a crazy assortment of percussion and sound effects.
Thumbelina, one of Hans Christian Andersen's most delightful and beloved characters, is a miniature girl born from a flower who has to find her own way in the world of nature.
The tiny but brave heroine journeys through a series of natural habitats to discover her home in the land of the flower fairies. Through the seasons of the year, Thumbelina has adventures with frogs in a pond, flying beetles in a tree, a swallow in the woods, a mouse in a field and a mole in his underground home.
The visual design of this colorful shadow play is drawn from Art Nouveau, the decorative art movement of the late 1800s which is characterized by its flowing organic lines and its nature themes.
Art Nouveau had resurgence in the 1960s. The art and music of the Rock 'n Roll era inspired much of the visual and aural design of the play, linking music of the 1960's and '70s to the original Flower Child's desire to find a home in a land of flowers.
The humor, art and music of "Thumbelina" will entertain audiences of all ages. Tickets for the show are available in advance at SJ County Fairgrounds office or at the door day of show.