Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Northwest Puppet Center Keet


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The Northwest Puppet Center in Seattle's Maple Leaf neighborhood is a regional treasure. The average American thinks of puppetry as being an art form for children, unaware for the most part of the rich and sophisticated puppet theater traditions of Europe and Asia. The puppeteers of the Carter Family Marionettes are world class performers and puppet makers. Their productions delight and the rich detail of their sets and puppets would be the envy of any designer from the live stage. I grew to love puppet theater through my husband's infectious admiration for the art. We were so fortunate to see a Japanese national touring Bunraku company perform in San Francisco (we were seated right behind Diane Finestein!), and a Sicilian national company perform "Orlando Furioso" in Marin, and an Indonesian company complete with gamelan orchestra perform the most amazing shadow puppet works, plus countless productions of famed puppeteers, Lewis Mahlman and Randal Metz in Oakland. So, to find Seattle is home to one of America's premiere puppet theaters is a thrill. The Carter family are among the most practiced and professional troupes in the nation. The puppet center they founded has been developed on the site of a former church and includes a museum, theater, outdoor picnic area, and a large children's playground which features this carved climbing Keet.

6 comments:

Bibi said...

I don't know this place, but look forward to checking it out.

JM said...

That must be the coolest place! I really like the house colours and the carving wood!

静水盈盈 said...

I took my daughter there for a holiday show years ago. Before that I passed that several times but it never occurred to me that it was a theatre. Very unique structure inside and out.
Thanks for the picture, and Happy Holidays, Kim!

Dsole said...

Great colours Kim!
Cheers form a cold Madrid :) Hope everything's ok

Dan said...

Like Dsole, I love these colors. Thanks for showing this off.

Chuck Pefley said...

Like Bibi, I also wasn't aware of this. I do remember spending time in Cefalù, Sicily a couple years ago visiting a puppet theater. Incredible works of art, each one. And the show I saw was great fun! Thanks for posting this one, Kim.