Public Theatre goes for giggles with ‘Jabberwocky’

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LEWISTON — The Public Theatre will present the nationally acclaimed Crabgrass Puppet Theatre’s production of “Jabberwocky,” one of the best-known and silliest poems in children’s literature, later this month.

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s famous nonsensical poem, “Jabberwocky” is the tale of a young boy who sets out on a quest to find the fierce Jabberwock and travels through a mysterious landscape filled with such wondrous creatures as the slithy toves and the Jubjub bird.

The production uses a variety of whimsical hand and rod puppets to tell this  adventure story, complete with daring deeds, imaginary animals and a climactic battle between boy and beast.

“Jabberwocky is a humorous and entertaining introduction to poetry, as well as a delightful romp through the world of language and literature.

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Crabgrass Puppet Theatre has performed” Jabberwocky” at such venues as the Smithsonian Institution, Detroit Institute for the Arts and the North Carolina Museum.

The 50-minute show is appropriate for all ages, including adults.

To view video clips of “Jabberwocky,” visit crabgrasspuppets.com/jabbervid2.html. For a copy of the study guide provided by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre, visit www.thepublictheatre.org.

Performances are at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22; and 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, May 23-24, at the theater at 31 Maple St. Reservations are required for the weekday student matinee performances. For tickets, $5 per child, or more information, call 782-3200 or visit www.thepublictheatre.org.

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