The Storytelling Guild partners with the Craterian Theater to bring two free performances to children of the community. A professional puppet theatre group is hired for these performances and it gives children, many who would not otherwise be able to attend the theater, a chance to enjoy a professional performance at no cost. This program allows the Storytelling Guild to expose children to another form of storytelling, through the magic of puppets. Children are asked to bring a book donation to this event and those books are distributed with our ‘Pass the Book’ program.
On Sunday, January 20, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre will present “Malika, Queen of the Cats” based on a traditional story from Palestine and adapted from the book “Sitti and the Cats” by Sally Bahous, “Malika,” written by Tears of Joy artistic director Nancy Aldrich, features a royal cat who is a benevolent figure. Years ago in Palestine lived a kind and generous woman called Sitti. One day, Sitti rescued a kitten from a tree, only to be introduced to a group of magical, talking cats who lived in a cave outside the village. Malika, the queen of the cats, rewarded Sitti’s good deed with bags of gold and silver. But when Sitti’s selfish neighbor Um Yusef demanded the same gifts of Malika, things didn’t turn out quite as she expected. This exciting new play uses a traditional Palestinian fairy tale to introduce students to Middle Eastern culture and the power of giving to others.
CO-SPONSORS: Storytelling Guild and Craterian Performances
Sunday, January 20, 2013
1:30 PM and 3:30 PM
The program is free and donations of books will be accepted. Last year the "Ugliest Duckly" performance delighted hundreds of parents and children. The Guild collected hundreds of books to distribute in our community through Pass The Book.
About the Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre:
The theatre is recognized nationally for its commitment to excellence and innovation. Four of their productions have received American puppetry's highest honor, the Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry. Tears of Joy performs in theaters, community centers, festivals and schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. Each year they perform for over 250,000 people.