Hobey Ford, winner of puppetry’s highest honor, the UNIMA Citation of Excellence, will perform his show Rainbow Bridge and Other Tales on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at The ArtsCenter. This program is part of the 2009-2010 SuperFun Show Series. SuperFun shows provide exciting, age-appropriate entertainment options for families that are fun, affordable, and educational.
After dazzling audiences with his performance of Tales of Light last year, The ArtsCenter is thrilled to welcome Hobey Ford back this season. Ford is considered both an innovator in puppetry craft and a master storyteller. In Rainbow Bridge and Other Tales, Ford uses shadow puppetry to present three folktales from around the world. The title story, about a people’s migration across a rainbow, comes from the Native American Chumash tribe of southern coastal California. The performance also features two other tales: “El Coqui” is the story of a tiny frog from the rainforest of Puerto Rico, and “Three Billy Goats Gruff” is a classic Nordic tale updated with a modern twist. Additionally, the ever-popular Peepers Puppets and “Foamies” will be on hand to end the show.
Ford employs complicated mechanisms and careful manipulation to bring his puppets to life. He is renowned for his techniques of creating with carved foam rubber, which he uses in his “Foamies.” Ford founded the Golden Rod Puppets in 1980 after moving to North Carolina, and since that time he has worked at such venues as The Smithsonian Museum, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Jim Henson International Festival of Puppetry, as well as schools, festivals, and libraries across the country.
For tickets or for more information, please visit the web site at www.artscenterlive.org or contact the Box Office at (919) 929-2787, ext. 201.
All tickets are $7 and children 2 and under receive free admission.
The ArtsCenter is located at 300-G East Main Street, Carrboro.