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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 21, 2002

(Mahwah) – PuppetFest!, a festival of workshops, performances and contemporary art exhibitions is scheduled at Ramapo College of New Jersey December 4 through 8 in the Berrie Center. Patrons have the option of purchasing individual tickets or purchasing a PuppetFest! Passport at $30 for adults and $18 for children, which provides access to all PuppetFest! events for one price. Though two of the workshops are sold out, tickets are available for the following events:

Mum Puppettheatre Workshops
Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5
Rehearsal Hall
Workshops are scheduled at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on December 4 and at 11:30 a.m, 1:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on December 5. Tickets are $5.

Mum Puppettheatre presents: From the Ashes
Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m.
Sharp Theater
From the Ashes uses hand-carved figures based on Japanese-style Bunraku puppets and actors for profound moments that change our perceptions of the everyday world. If there were a Pulitzer Prize for puppetry, Mum Puppettheatre would win it, hands down, wrote a reviewer in the Edmonton Sun. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors and $7 students.

A Family Album: Susanmarie Cunningham
Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m.
Sharp Theater
Susanmarie Cunningham’s startling life-size soft sculptures tell a hilariously playful yet poignant story of growing up. The startling life sized soft sculpture worn by Susanmarie and student volunteers are used to illustrate important life skills. The life skills incorporated into the talk include learning to be a good friend, tempering romance with wisdom, the importance of self-reliance, using your own uniqueness to build self-esteem, and how to be happy and proud of yourself. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors and $7 students.

Mock Turtle Marionettes presents: The Workshop
Friday, December 6 at 1 p.m.
Sharp Theater
Performance and puppet-making for teachers and students going for teacher’s certification and early childhood students.

Mock Turtle Marionettes presents: African Dance Workshop
Saturday, December 7 at 12:30 p.m.
Tickets are $2; registration is a must.

Mock Turtle Marionettes presents: The Dancing Granny
Saturday, December 7 at 3 p.m.
Sharp Theater
Tumbling out onto the stage with live music, dance, marionettes, shadow puppets, paddle puppets, a Bunraku-style puppet and the Great Bird of Mali, The Dancing Granny is a spectacle for all ages. Over 20 puppets tell tales from West Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors and $7 students.

Box of Light Theater presents: Peter Pan
Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m.
Sharp Theater
Peter Pan mixes actors with human sized shadow puppets, projected computer animation and audience participation. In Box of Light’s Peter Pan, three performers control fifteen puppets and a set consisting of several layers of projectile fabrics. At times the large puppets, some nearly the size of the performers, are seen in three dimensions on stage and at times they are seen as two-dimensional projections. The projections have all the detail and life of the puppets manipulated by the performers. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors and $7 students.

Bread and Puppet Theater
Tuesday, December 10 at 7 p.m.
Friends Hall
Bread and Puppet Theater performances address social, political, and environmental issues. This performance includes Insurrection Mass with Funeral March for a Rotten Idea and How to Turn Distress into Success: A Parable of War and Its Making. Admission is free.

Exhibition: Figure and Puppet
Through December 20
Kresge and Pascal Galleries
I think Figure and Puppet is the most exciting show we have done here in the Berrie Center,” says co-curator Sydney Jenkins, director of galleries at Ramapo. The primary focus is on contemporary artists, with a few earlier examples. The exhibition begins with a small historical section in the Kresge Gallery and a large constructed scene by Peter Schumann of Bread and Puppet Theater, and ends in the adjacent Pascal Gallery with contemporary projection works by Tony Oursler. The exhibit runs through December 20.

For more information, contact Jane Stein, director of the Berrie Center, (201) 684-7148.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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