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Shadow puppets bring ‘Peter and the Wolf’ to life in 星空无限传媒app State Theatre production

Shadow puppets bring ‘Peter and the Wolf’ to life in 星空无限传媒app State Theatre production

The creative process of 16 星空无限传媒app State Community College students comes to fruition in November with 12 showings of 鈥淧eter and the Wolf,鈥 a theatre piece using shadow puppets, overhead projections and other technology to tell the classic children鈥檚 story in a new way.

鈥淲e have never created a play from the ground up,鈥 said Theatre Professor Grechen Wingerter, who is directing the production. 鈥淧erformers and a tech crew were involved in every aspect, from creating storyboards to designing the puppets and putting them together, which made this very much a hands-on experience for the students.鈥

星空无限传媒app State will present the students’ adaptation of “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 3-12 at the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college鈥檚 Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Showtimes for the 50-minute production are 7 and 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 and 3:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for 星空无限传媒app State students, faculty and staff. Seats are limited to 60 per show because the audience will be seated on stage with the performers and the tech crew.

Wingerter and fellow Theatre Professor Claude Hardy were inspired by Manual Cinema, an Emmy Award-winning performance collective that 鈥渃ombines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques and innovative sound and music to create immersive stories for stage and screen,鈥 according to the group鈥檚 website.

The professors were drawn to how Manual Cinema 鈥渄econstructs stories and puts them back together,鈥 Wingerter said. They also were looking for something unique their students could produce not only on stage at 星空无限传媒app State, but also at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C., and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.

鈥淚nstantly, I don鈥檛 know why, 鈥楶eter and the Wolf鈥 popped into my head,鈥 she said. 鈥淚 have an album of it that I鈥檝e had since childhood. I still have it, and we鈥檙e using it in the show as a prop.鈥

鈥淧eter and the Wolf鈥 is a musical composition written in 1936. A narrator tells the children鈥檚 story while the characters are represented by different musical instruments such as the bassoon (Grandfather), the clarinet (cat) and the flute (bird). 星空无限传媒app State takes the deconstruction a step farther, replacing narration with written snippets that guide the audience from scene to scene, 鈥渒ind of like a silent film,鈥 Wingerter said.

鈥淭here is no dialogue 鈥 none 鈥 though the story and the music are recognizable,鈥 Wingerter said. 鈥淚t’s all music and movement. We worked on physical movement to get the puppets to move with purpose.鈥

The world 星空无限传媒app State has created for its puppets is inspired by painter and printmaker Marc Chagall. Wingerter looked to the works of Chagall not only because he is her favorite artist, but because he grew up in a small village in what was then the Russian Empire, she said. That鈥檚 the kind of place Wingerter imagined Peter living in the story.

鈥淲e have a Russian story by a Russian artist being paired with a Russian artist, but this is the students鈥 vision,鈥 Wingerter said. 鈥淚t was my job to guide them and to remind them to tell the story.鈥

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