Has it been a year since we last saw the Fratello Marionettes perform? This year they were back and we got to see them at the spacious Clark County Library Theater. The only downside was that because it was an actual theater instead of a multi-purpose room like last year at Windmill Library, the lighting wasn’t the best for photos but I got a few to give the feel of our experience. The photo above is from the lobby while we waited for the doors to open.
The kids had a blast, the theme this year was the Carnival of the Animals (they even have a curriculum guide here). Three stories were interwoven: the three little pigs, the tortoise and the hare, and the ugly duckling. My kids aren’t too familiar with the stories except E knew about a version of the three little pigs that I especially appreciate as an attorney: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (amazon affiliate link). The good thing about that was that she didn’t see the wolf as a scary figure (“He was just trying to borrow a cup of sugar, Mama!”).
I can’t say enough wonderful things about the artists/performers. They took the time after the performance to let the kids see the marionettes, moving slowly around the stage so everyone had a chance to get up close and personal with the stars of the show. R waved to the marionettes and even shouted “luh ooh!” (love you!) a few times. I love that children interact with puppets on a personal level, they just suspend their disbelief and go with the flow. I’m glad my kids let me borrow their wonder at the world when we experience things together. I had shared the info about the show online so a lot of our friends made it and they all enjoyed it as well.
If you’re not checking out the Clark County library District’s story times and shows you are missing out, the summer programming is really top notch but we love going year round. I forget that Henderson has a separate library district so I should also add their events calendar to my radar. We are looking forward to what the Fratello Marionettes come up with next year!