About the Show:
Who is George? He’s a tortoise, a giant Galapagos tortoise! Watch George grow up among lizards, sea turtles, and sea lions, along with hungry goats and dancing birds with blue feet. This show tells the true story of the last tortoise to be found on Pinta Island in the Galapagos archipelago. All the way from Virgina, Barefoot Puppets brings us an “uplifting eco-fable,” as described by The Smithsonian, that shares an important lesson about humans’ impact on the environment. This adorable show was awarded the UNIMA Citation of Excellence in 2005, the highest honor in puppetry arts. If you love animals, tortoises, the environment, and adorable puppets, Galapagos George is the show for you! You’ll fall in love with these islands…and this not-so-little tortoise.
All ages welcome, especially enjoyed by ages 5-10
Hand, rod, and shadow
Length: 50 minutes
The show was supported in part by a grant from the Puppeteers of America Endowment Fund.
Feb 17 (Sat): 10:30 am | 1:00 pm
Feb 18 (Sun): 10:30 am | 1:00 pm
Feb 19 (Mon): 10:30 am | 1:00 pm | 3:00pm
About the Artist:
Barefoot Puppets has been performing, presenting workshops, partnering on arts integration programming, and participating in residencies since 1997. Under the direction of company founder, Heidi Rugg, the company has toured throughout the country (and beyond!) sharing puppetry with schools and libraries, as well renowned venues such as The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, The Smithsonian Discovery Theatre, and The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.As a puppetry artist and teaching artist, she approaches her works with equal parts curiosity and empathy. Rugg has a passion for performances that create and strengthen connections to communities and the natural world. Rugg is known for tackling complicated themes, breaking them down for young audiences while infusing the subject with rich language, vibrant visuals, and a joyful exuberance for the creative process.Sharing her artistry as a teaching artist, Rugg leads master class workshops in puppet building and manipulation; she has a special passion for arts integration and working on “tricky” curriculum connections. She has undergone extensive training and professional development with Kennedy Center Artists Programs and Partners in the Arts. Rugg continues to further her own personal studies and artistry with renowned master artists around the world.
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