LEWISTON — Well-known children’s poems spring to life when The Crabgrass Puppet theatre brings their delightful show, “Haiku, HipHop and Hot Dogs” to The Public Theatre at 2 p.m, Sunday May 19, with additional school day morning matinees May 20-22. 

Thrill to the adventures of “Fearless Flying Hot Dogs” and dance with the Funky Snowman. Watch as The Goblin overcomes his fear and makes friends with the terrifying boy on top of his bed. Crabgrass Puppet Theatre’s exciting fusion of poetry and puppetry includes poems by Jack Prelutsky, David McCord, Calef Brown, Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, and others.

“Haiku, HipHop and Hot Dogs” is a seamless tapestry of puppetry and poetry, performed by hot dog vendors from a hot dog cart that turns into a puppet stage. This isn’t puppets reciting poetry. This show creates the world of the poem, the action of the poem, the emotion of the poem, blending the best of poetry and puppet theater. The poems in performance range from gentle strokes of the imagination – to wacky hilarity – to magical whimsy – to a rousing musical finale. Co-creator Bonny Hall says, “Puppetry is a terrific medium to arouse a child’s interest in poetry.

“The best poetry has the power to create pictures in our heads –to make us feel emotion — to make us laugh and cry. It’s a small step from watching puppeteers bring a poem to life to wanting to read that poem — and then wanting to read more, and more and more.”

The Crabgrass Puppet Theatre has been delighting audiences across the nation with their whimsical humor and puppetry since 1982. Their popular productions of “Jabberwocky and Anansi: Spiderman of Afric”a have also been previously performed at The Public Theatre. This acclaimed Puppet Theatre has been awarded two Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA, the highest puppetry award in the United States.

Performances are Sunday May 19th at 2 p,m,, Monday May 20, at 9:30am and 11:30 a.m., Tues, May 21, at 9:30 a.m., 11:30am and 4:30 p.m., and Wed, May 22, at 9:30 am. Advance reservations are required for weekday performances. Tickets are $5 (children 18 and under), and $10 for dults. For tickets and more information, call 782-3200 or visit www.thepublictheatre.org

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