Community Workshops: (see website for Workshop Schedule)
Mon-Fri, Aug 6-10 & Aug 13-17
The Cultural Center is pleased to present its 10th annual Kalevala Puppet Pageant performance in New York Mills on Friday, August 17th, in conjunction with the New York Mills Civic & Commerce Corn Feed. Both the Corn Feed and NYM Puppet Pageant will be held outdoors behind the New York Mills VFW again this year!
We are also excited to be headed back to Perham for our second annual Perham Puppet Pageant performance on Saturday, August 18th! This year the performance will be held at the Perham Pioneer Grounds during the annual Perham Pioneer Days Festival.
The Puppet Pageant is an original large-scale street theater play based on stories from the Finnish national epic poem, The Kalevala. Adults and youth ages 5 & up (children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling) are invited to participate. There are two weeks of workshops leading up to the culminating performances on August 17 & 18.
Dance, music, acting, costume design, performance skills, and stilt walking will be taught by Anne Sawyer, Creative Director and Puppeteer who has worked with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in Minneapolis, along with Assistance Director Lisa Winter of Wadena.
During the two weeks of workshops, participants will create and build puppets and props of all sizes in addition to learning the story and performance of the narrated play. Stilt walking will be included again this year as an added element to the performance (optional for older youth and adult participants).
Cost to participate is $50/child with a $100/family max. In order to encourage adult participation, there is no fee for adults. Scholarships are available based on need (no one will be turned away based on an inability to pay). Volunteers gladly welcomed.