LEWISTON – Lewiston Adult Education will offer an introductory puppetry workshop, “The Magic World of Puppetry,” facilitated by the creator/director of the Mikendelin Marionette Puppet Theater International.

The program, sponsored by Lewiston Adult Education, will run for six weeks from 9 to 11 a.m. beginning Tuesday, June 15. The fee is $20 plus a lab fee of $20.

The workshop is designed for parents, teachers, adults and children 3 and up accompanied by an adult. It will include the history and development of the art of puppetry; puppet design and building; performing skills for audiences of all ages; ventriloquism; using puppetry as a communication tool; entertainment; domestic and commercial use of puppetry; TV and stage shows; and the use of puppetry in education and therapy.

Mikendelin Marionette and Puppet Theater, an international touring company since 1976, has a growing family of more than 350 characters. It is an outreach program of SHOWME, INC., a non-profit organization, and the Social History of Our World Museum of Education in Sabattus.

The directors, Pat Lathom (also a ventriloquist), and her husband, Wally (the 6-foot dancing bear), combine talents to create characters, build the puppets, write the plays and design the sets and costumes. The master puppeteers have traveled in the U.S. and in 36 countries on four continents.

The Lathoms share the art of puppetry at day care centers, schools, nursing homes, U.S. military bases, libraries, museums and for private functions. They are experienced in working with persons with disabilities.

For more information or to register, call 795-4141. A complete listing of Lewiston Adult Education’s summer classes can be found at the Web site, www.lewistonadulted.org.

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