FARMINGTON – Adults and students in grades five and up are invited to a hands-on workshop in Chinese shadow puppet theater from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Foothills Arts Center in downtown Farmington.

Participants will make shadow puppets and learn how to use special lighting and sound effects to bring stories to life. Instructor Ian Bannon is the teaching associate for the internationally acclaimed Figures of Speech Theatre of Freeport.

Shadow puppetry is a magical, multi-dimensional art form employing visual design, storytelling, dramatic effects and more. Participants will draw inspiration from environmental themes, build shadow puppets and adapt traditional tales to create an original performance.

The workshop is part of the Foothills Arts Center’s new community project called “Hurricane of Change: What’s Happening to Our Environment?” The project culminates in the spring with a multi-media production to be performed by area adults and youth.

Workshop fees are $15 a person, with special discounts for families and for early registration. In addition, Foothills Arts Center has a “pay what you can” policy to make all of its programs affordable to all people.

For more details or to sign up, contact Foothills Arts Center Director Anne Geller at 778-0448 or [email protected] or visit

The Foothills Arts Center, a nonprofit community arts organization founded in 1989, brings together adults and children, artists and audiences to share the arts in an atmosphere that encourages learning, exploration and collaboration.

The Hurricane of Change project is funded in part by the Horizon Foundation, the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Community Foundation.

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