Overture's OnStage program gives young students a peek behind the curtain
By Pamela Cotant for the State Journal
As kindergartner Charlie Rohrer watched a puppet performance at the Overture Center on Friday, he was curious about how the Red Bird character was able to swoop around the stage.
Because the performance of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia was done in black light, it was difficult to see how the puppets were being manipulated. Charlie thought perhaps kite string was being used.
“I wanted to ask them about how they moved the bird,” Charlie said.
Charlie also said he wondered how a stage prop was manipulated to make it appear that the caterpillar in the “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” story ate part of an apple. So he was glad when some of the performers answered questions from the audience at the end of the show and demonstrated how some of the puppets worked.
Charlie and other students in the 4- and 5-year-old kindergarten programs at Blessed Sacrament School attended the show through the OnStage Student Field Trips program at Overture…
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