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Children’s Event: Tall Tales: Stories and Songs from Old New England and a Shadow Puppet Workshop

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 11:30am to 2:00pm
Registration is NOT required

Puppet Showplace TheaterTall Tales: Stories and Songs from Old New England and a Shadow Puppet Workshop

Brad Shur and Chris Monti

Ever wanted to sing along with a sea shanty? Or dive deep into a fox’s den? Join Brad Shur and Chris Monti from Puppet Showplace Theater for a whirlwind tour of New England's lesser-known folklore. Discover a giant sailor, a fashionable bear, and the world's largest wheel of cheese. Drawing from 300 years of stories, songs, and local history, this show is a delight for audiences of all ages. All ages are welcome, although the event is most suitable for ages ages 4 and up. Following the performance stay for a hands-on shadow puppet workshop. Design and construct your own shadow puppet character and practice animating it on a shadow screen.

Brad Shur is the Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace Theater. He performs regularly and teaches puppetry classes to students of all ages, Pre-K to adult. As protégé of master puppeteer Paul Vincent Davis, Brad trained extensively in glove puppetry and currently performs two of Davis’ classic shows at venues across New England.

Chris Monti is a writer, singer, and musician based in Somerville, MA. He has opened for and toured with country-blues great Paul Geremia, and he has had the pleasure of playing music with the Providence Wholebellies (led by harmonica wizard Chris Turner). Monti regularly performs for children all over New England.

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Most programs held in the Bayard Henry Long Room on the Athenaeum's first floor are amplified and assistive listening devices are available for patron use.

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To request ASL interpretation services for any of the Athenaeum's programs, please contact Hannah Weisman at 617-720-7617 or