Join us as we celebrate the historic art form. Overture’s first-ever Puppet Festival brings together the traditional and the modern, the enchanting and the irreverent, all to surprise and delight you and yours.
“There are so many great puppet companies touring that I thought it would be fun to group them into a festival,” said Tim Sauers, Overture’s VP of Programming and Community Engagement. He booked this grouping of puppetry performances to provide programming for families and friends to have quality time together while sharing in a new experience.
This is a particularly unique festival for the Madison community, and very few US puppet festivals incorporate international and nationally touring companies as ours does.
Check out the titles below! You can buy tickets to all three for as low as $76. Individual tickets start at $25.
MANUAL CINEMA’S LULA DEL RAY | FRI, MAR 31, 2017 at 7 PM |Capitol Theater
With overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette,and live music—and virtually no dialog—this is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. A lonely adolescent girl living with her mother in the desert becomes obsessed with a soulful country music duo. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and into a world of danger, deception, and disappointment, all hauntingly depicted in shadow and light.
Ages 6 and up.
THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES | SAT, APR 1, 2017 at 1 or 3 PM | Promenade Hall
Hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender and laugh with Dog. In this ecologically inspired tale performed by the famed Puppet State Theatre Company, a French shepherd sets out to plant a forest and transform a barren wasteland acorn by acorn. Their uplifting and unforgettable story shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world.
Ages 6 and up.
ERTH’S DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE | SUN, APR 2, 2017 at 1 or 4:30 PM |Capitol Theater
It’s the ultimate play date – 65 million years in the making!Observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of life-like dinosaurs and other creatures. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, these puppets are so realistic you may want to run and hide—but don’t! You won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show.
PLUS! A special VIP package gives you great seats in the first several rows and the chance to take the stage with a dinosaur before the show! Limited availability.