Giant Puppets! You Love Giant Puppets!

This week, my orchestra is presenting a children’s concert with a Hallowe’en theme. I bring this up not to self-promote (I believe we’re sold out, anyway), but because our collaborators in this program are the brilliant folks behind one of the Twin Cities’ most underappreciated theater troupes, and I wanted to remind everyone that they exist, and that they are worth your time and money.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre is not your average presenter of puppet shows, and the performances they put on down on East Lake Street are not just for kids. For instance, their current production, Company of Angels, is billed as “the heart-rending story of a young German Jewish artist, Charlotte Salomon, who died in Auschwitz — but not before she had completed… a dazzlingly brilliant collection of nearly 1300 autobiographical paintings.” The story is harrowing enough, but when you add Heart of the Beast’s hauntingly beautiful staging and life-sized puppet actors, it takes on a whole new level of emotion.

Oh, and in case you have kids, and are looking for something a bit more traditional — Heart of the Beast considers itself a part of the neighborhood it inhabits, and presents free kid-friendly puppet shows for residents of South Minneapolis every Saturday morning. (Everyone else can get in for $2.) Hard to beat that…

1 Comment so far

  1. JasonT (unregistered) on October 25th, 2004 @ 4:43 pm

    I have yet to go to a HotB show, but I attended my first May Day parade this year, and it was unbelievable. I wish every parade had their floats in them.

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