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Open Hand Theater's Saturday morning puppetry performances

April 3 Br'er Rabbit in Love Puppets with Pizazz

To capture the heart of the beautiful Miss Meadows, Br'er Rabbit asks the Magic Bunny to make him a love charm. She agrees only if he will supply the ingredients: a whisker from a wildcat, a tooth from an alligator and a foot from a chicken that has been eaten by a wolf. Mischief and trickery abound in this wonderful, fast-paced African-American folk tale. Puppetmaster Nancy Sander, the "Puppet Lady of Ohio," has been performing for over twenty-five years. As principal puppeteer for the nationally syndicated television show, "Hickory Hideout" she received an Emmy Award for her work in children's television.

April 10 * Spinning Straw Into Gold * Purple Rock Productions

It's the Miller's daughter that gets the short straw, so to speak. She has to straighten out the mess her father has gotten her into with the King.

But she also has tricks up her sleeve as she heads for the castle, desiring to be queen. Roland Dupres presents this beloved tale of Rumpelstiltskin in a classic hand puppet style, but the audience gets to help out as characters ask them important questions. It's the kind of puppet show people think of when they say "puppet show"!

Performances are at 11 a.m. at the Castle on North Salina Street.

Tickets: $6 for children, $8 for adults

About Open Hand Theater

Visit the castle on North Salina Street

On the web: www.OpenHandTheater.org

E-mail: info@OpenHandTheater.org

Telephone: 476-0466

Mail: 518 Prospect Ave., Syracuse

Artistic Director: Geoffrey Navias

Producer: Leslie Archer

A World of Puppets Saturday morning puppetry performance season

OPEN HAND THEATER celebrates 12 years of delightful performances in its acclaimed family puppetry series:

A World of Puppets 2009-2010

The first two Saturday mornings of each month at 11 A.M.

Open Hand Theater's A World of Puppets series brings master puppeteers and performers from around the country to spin their magic in front of delighted children and families. Open Hand Theater's Castle on North Salina Street is a warm and welcoming 1890's mansion with a gallery and a gift shop to browse. On Saturday mornings the series welcomes parents with children, grandparents with grandchildren, and everyone in between.

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