Overture Presents First Annual Puppet Festival

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Contact: Sarah Knab, Overture Center, 608.258.4438 /

Here is a video about the festival.

Overture Presents First Annual Puppet Festival

Three Days of the Festival Feature Performances and Interactive Workshops; Special Gallery Exhibition Open Now Through April 9

Madison, Wis. – From March 31 to April 2, 2017, Overture Center welcomes local and touring artists and puppeteers to celebrate one of the oldest art forms – puppetry. The inaugural festival features gallery displays, professional performances, interactive workshops and Kids in the Rotunda performances.

Puppet Festival Schedule

  • Art Gallery: Puppets! Puppets! Puppets! | Saturday, March 4-Sunday, April 9 | Playhouse Gallery

o   Features marionettes, paintings of puppets, a table puppet and shadow puppet videos by many local artists as well as an artist from Virginia and one from New York

o   Free

  • Festival Kick Off! | Friday, March 31 at 5 p.m. | Rotunda Stage and Playhouse Gallery

o   Puppet play-station and an interactive Shadow Puppet Theater presented by First Act

o   Family-friendly refreshments available

o   Free

  • Manual Cinema’s Lula Del Ray | Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. | Capitol Theater

o   With overhead projections, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, live music and virtually no dialogue, the Chicago puppet troupe mythically reinvents the classic coming-of-age story.

o   Tickets start at $25 (Puppet Festival Package includes 7 p.m. performance)

o   This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Crane Group.

  • Family Toy Theater Workshop | Saturday, April 1 at 9 a.m.-Noon at MMoCA | Sunday, April 2 at 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Overture in Promenade Hall

o   Led by local artist, Felice Amato, familial groups will create small toy theater sets and puppets to tell a fun family story in a culminating sharing session puppet show.

o   Tickets are $15/family and include materials

o   Families are encouraged to bring photos or other items to personalize their project

  • Puppet Play Theater | Saturday, April 1 at 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & Sunday, April 2 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Rotunda Lobby

o   Child-sized puppet tents and a variety of puppets will be available for children and families to experience with open-ended and creative play during the weekend.

o   Free

  • Kids in the Rotunda: Taiwan Puppets | Saturday, April 1 at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. | Rotunda Stage

o   Taiwan Puppet Troupe of University of Wisconsin – Madison presents the 200-year old folk art of “Glove Puppet,” created by the Taiwanese Puppetry Theater

o   Free

  • The Man Who Planted Trees | Saturday, April 1 at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. | Promenade Hall

o   In this ecologically inspired tale performed by the famed Puppet State Theatre Company, a French shepherd sets out with Dog to plant a forest, transform a barren wasteland acorn by acorn and remind us that one man can make a difference.

o   Tickets are $26 (Puppet Festival Package includes 3 p.m. performance)

  • Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live | Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. | Capitol Theater

o   Designed by professional paleontologists, life-like dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures are brought to life in this entertaining and educational show.

o   Tickets start at $25 (Puppet Festival Package includes 4:30 p.m. performance)

The Puppet Festival Package offers tickets to all three shows starting at $76. Single tickets starting at $25 and are available in person at the Overture Center Ticket Office (201 State Street), online at or by phone at 608.258.4141.

OVERTURE CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Madison, Wisconsin features seven state-of-the-art performance spaces and five galleries where national and international touring artists, ten resident companies, and hundreds of local artists engage people in nearly seven hundred thousand educational and artistic experiences each year.


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