Puppets are Coming to the Piedmont!

If you haven’t heard of Paperhand puppets, get ready to be impressed. The Paperhand Puppet Intervention is a puppet theater company that has specialized in creating magic and wonder for the past 18 years. The company is based out of Saxapahaw, NC and focuses on original, large scale puppet creations and performances with live music, dancing and more- all with the goal of promoting peace and social change. They are active year round, providing entertainment for parades, weddings, festivals and the like. Their main performance, however is just around the corner- the summer show! The summer performance is a annual tradition in the Piedmont, so if your in town, make room on the schedule!

This year’s program description:

Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents its 18th annual giant puppet theatre pageant  “OF WINGS AND FEET”. Join us this summer for a whimsical, paradoxical juxtaposition of myriad forms and flights of fancy. Everything moves! And yes, we move. Forward hopefully.

Spend an enchanted evening discovering what it means to be human…when you’re a bird. Or, a turtle. Help humanity find its unique place in the world by joining the Circus of Beginnings and Ends. Witness the magic and mystery of the living land, sea, and sky in an epic spectacle of struggle and resistance for our times. See, hear, and feel all this and more at our 18th annual giant puppet extravaganza for all!

Using masks, big puppets, stilts, painted cardboard, shadows and illumination, Paperhand explores story, reflects on life’s mysteries, deepens our connection, and inspires young and old. An all new original score by an all-star Paperhand band with Shana Tucker, Beverly Botsford, Jonathan Henderson, Will Ridenour, Quran Karriem, “pro” Pete Lewis!

Mark your Calendar!

Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins painting the Resistance Goddess for Paperhand’s 2017 show “Of Wings and Feet”

At the Forest Theatre
123 South Boundary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Aug 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27
Sept 1-3. Labor Day: Sept 4

Performance begins at 7pm with a 6:20 pre-show.

Matinees Sunday Aug 27 & Sept 3

(NO Matinee Aug 20th)
On Matinee Sundays an additional early show will start at 3pm with a 2:20 pre-show, followed by the evening performance beginning at 7pm, pre-show at 6:20.

*Saturday shows at the Forest Theatre usually sell out! Get there EXTRA early or, if possible, choose a Friday or Sunday. Same great show, more elbow room.

Tickets are only available at the door. No pre-sale tickets. General admission. Suggested Donation $15 Adults, $8 Kids 4-14, Free 3 and under.

Pre-show Schedule: August 4th, Katharine Whalen; 5th, Bulltown Strutters; 6th, Django Haskins; 11th, The Obligations; 12th, The Bucket Brothers; 13th, Ellis Dyson; 18th, TBA; 19th, Charles Latham; 20th, Tim Smith Trio; 25th, Thelonious; 26th, Jef the Mime; 27th (matinee), Kate Rhudy; 27th (evening), Blue Cactus; Sept 1st, TBA; 2nd, Jimmy Magoo; 3rd (matinee), TBA; 3rd (evening), Shannon O’Connor; 4th, Gabe Pelli & Will Ridenour.


Circus cart from Paperhand’s 2017 Show “Of Wings and Feet”

At the North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road. Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 839-6262

September 8, 9 & 10

All shows at 7pm with 6:20 pre-show.

Purchase tickets, view showtimes & see details on the NCMA website. Tickets also available at the door.

Pre-show Performers: September 8th, Gabe Pelli & Will Ridenour; 9th, Ellis Dyson and The Shambles; 10th, Coffee Creek.


Building flamingoes for Paperhand’s 2017 show “Of Wings and Feet”

At The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro
310 S. Greene St. Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 333-2605

Saturday, Sept 16
7pm performance; 6:20pm pre-show with special guest Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands

Sunday, Sept 17
3pm performance; 2:20pm pre-show with special guests Cakalak Thunder

Check the Carolina Theatre event website for tickets.

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