“Banana for Turtle” is a set of vignettes that involve five animal friends—Monkey, Python, Parrot, Elephant and Turtle. Created in the style of classical marionette, performance speaks humorously to issues of early childhood.
Visual perspectives of the world, confusion over obtuse language terms, means of measuring, social interactions that require polite behavior, physical activity and of course most important learning about the identity of self are concepts that children in preschool to early grades address regularly in their daily lives.
These five animals bring these problems to life in a gentle, engaging puppet drama. Before a performance, teachers or parents may want to lead a discussion of those moments when students have been confused by language or when a new concept became clear to them. Activities such as identifying individual personal characteristics would lead children to recognize their own individuality—just as each character in the story has his or her own personality. Follow up activities may include creating a simple puppet show by children that addresses the problems that they have confronted and solved themselves.
Vince Paul, Music Hall’s President & Artistic Director, notes that “as the downtown area real estate becomes increasingly in demand, it’s imperative that our city’s non-commercial performing artists be able to continue to present their work in the heart of the Entertainment District. The artists of PuppetART create top-notch, finely crafted work that has been entertaining children and families for some twenty years, and Music Hall is thrilled to be able to help them sustain their success.”
PUPPETART, DETROIT PUPPET THEATER, HAS BEEN ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATING CHILDREN AND ADULTS FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS THROUGH ITS THEATER, STUDIO, AND MUSEUM.
AT PUPPETART THE APPRECIATION OF ART BEGINS! "Our mission is to explore a variety of cultures and to foster an appreciation of the wisdom of traditions, the beauty of spirit, and the art of diverse communities, through puppet performances, exhibits, and classes".
PuppetART’s museum presents puppets from around the world as well as puppets related to the history of puppetry in Detroit. We invite you to explore our collection of puppets from all over the world and discover the history and artistic value each piece holds.
Legendary Dragon Applesauce created by detroiter Ed Johnson.