Paperhand’s 13th Summer Pageant, “City of Frogs,” Features Giant Puppets, Masks, Stilts, and Live Music

City of Frogs

Saxapahaw, NC-based Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s 13th annual summer spectacular, City of Frogs, will feature giant puppets, masks, shadow puppets, stilt walkers, and live music. Paperhand will perform this puppet pageant on Aug. 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26; Aug. 31-Sept. 3; and Sept. 7-9 in the Forest Theatre on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus and on Sept. 14-16 at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

On its website, Paperhand Puppet Intervention proudly announces:

“Sound the trumpets and sing it from the hillsides…. This new show is an extraordinary modern fairy-tale epic for all ages.

“An ancient witch has traded her heart for eternal life with the mysterious Man of Beasts. A wooden boy, cut free by the Scissors of Fate, sets out on a journey to help the witch find what has been lost.

“Ignored by the busy population of the city, the boy must find friends in strange and forgotten places…. Come see what adventures await!

“Using giant puppets, masks, stilts, painted flats, junk, and paper-cut shadows, Paperhand tells stories that reflect our humanity (or lack there of) back to us, hoping to inspire people of all ages toward a better world.”

Paperhand Puppet Intervention will perform City of Frogs in Chapel Hill on Friday-Sunday, from Aug. 10th to Sept. 9th, plus Labor Day (Sept. 3rd); and the puppet makers and manipulators extraordinaire from Saxapahaw will also perform City of Frogs in Raleigh on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 14-16.

Evening shows begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by preshow entertainment starting at 6:20. There will also be Sunday matinee performances at 3 p.m. on Sept. 2nd and 9th, with preshow entertainment starting at 2:20. For a complete list of preshow entertainers, click

SECOND OPINION:  Aug. 10th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by Kristin Collins:

Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents CITY OF FROGS at 6:20 p.m. preshow and 7 p.m. show Aug. 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26 and Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2:20 p.m. preshow and 3 p.m. show and 6:20 p.m. preshow and 7 p.m. show Sept. 2, 6:20 p.m. preshow and 7 p.m. show Sept. 3 and Sept. 7 and 8, and 2:20 p.m. preshow and 3 p.m. show and 6:20 p.m. preshow and 7 p.m. show Sept. 9 at the Forest Theatre at the corner of Cameron Ave. and Country Club Rd. on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus; and 6:20 p.m. preshow and 7 p.m. show Sept. 14-16 at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.


Chapel Hill: $12 ($8 children 4-12 and children 3 and under get in free).

Raleigh: $15 ($10 NCMA Members, $7.50 children 3-12, and children 2 and under get in free).


Chapel Hill: Tickets sold at the door.

Raleigh: 919-715-5923 or





Forest Theatre: (directions: and map:

N.C. Museum of Art: (directions/map:


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