Monday, June 18, 2012

Bigfork Almanac Has Big Puppets, Shadows, Music, and Fun

The glaciers made Northern Minnesota look this way. Nature’s trees, animals and seasons helps it turn into a beautiful garden with a different look for each season. The people add character to its history. And “what’s happening” is why it is interesting. THE ALMANAC in Bigfork at The Edge Center this week mixes all this together into a really “different” story of this part of the world through the ages. It’s a play with fourteen-foot puppets, stories told in shadow, tall tales, cooking, music and games.

Puppet shows through out the world are not just for children. They are part of entertainment for all ages. Call it “devised”, call it collaborative, call it really original, or just call it fun. It’s still THE ALAMNAC and will be on stage at The Edge Center in Bigfork June 21 to 24. Thursday through Saturday performancea are at 7PM and Sunday at 2PM. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children and $3 student rush.

The people in the area created the incredible colors and caricatures in this production. The puppets were made by teams of students and adults, as was the story line over the past few weeks. This magic was created under the direction of Theresa Linnihan, a New York puppet master, teacher, and performer. It’s all part of The Edge Center’s mission to bring a variety of art forms to the community. There will be a question and answer period after the Thursday through Saturday shows where you can learn all you want to know about this special event.

THE ALMANAC starts with the Ice Age and includes tidbits about how hard it can be to farm here, what early pioneers brought to the Bigfork including American Indian legend Busticogen, why Blue Jays are so tough, recipes, poems, a booby-trapped John, some original music and much more. In short, it is an almanac of humor, history and original visual images. If you want a really “different” theatrical experience, this is it. Come and see for yourself.

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