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Barefoot Puppets come to WTA’s Gateway

How does a spider beat an elephant in a bout of tug-of-war?? You’ll find out when the nationally recognized Barefoot Puppets presents Trickster Tales! at WTA’s Gateway at 329 West Main on Friday, January 27 at 4 pm and 6 pm.

This 45-minute performance stars Anansi the Spider in two traditional folktales of the Beluba and Ashanti peoples. In addition to Anansi, you will meet Elephant, Hippo, Namibi the Python, Osebo the Leopard, a swarm of angry hornets and an even angrier Sky-God! Colorful scenery, original music, lots of puns and an eleven-foot stage create a wonderful backdrop for the antics of these expressive rod and hand puppets. It’s a high energy show with fun for all ages!

The January 27th performances are a joint project of the Wayne Theatre Alliance and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County.  The performances are made possible by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Barefoot Puppet Theatre has been building and performing original works since 1997 when founder and director, Heidi Rugg, began building puppet shows from the basement of her home in Richmond, Virginia. The first show was originally designed to fit in the back of a Volkswagen Golf! From these humble beginnings, the company (and the touring vehicle) has grown significantly and now tours nationally to libraries, schools, and theaters while continuing to create new works for children and their families.

The company has thrilled audiences at Boston’s Puppet Showplace Theater, The Center for Puppetry Arts, The National Zoo, The Smithsonian Discovery Theater, and The Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts. In 2005, Barefoot Puppet Theatre was awarded a UNIMA Citation of Excellence, the highest distinction in North American puppetry.

Tickets for the performance are $4 for children and $6 for adults.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office 540-943-9999. Remaining tickets will be available at WTA’s Gateway at the time of performance.

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