PAPERHAND PUPPET INTERVENTION

CREATING.  INSPIRING.  INSTIGATING.

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Hello Lovers of Puppets!

Our 17th Annual 2016 summer show

The Beautiful Beast is coming for YOU!

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“Humbaba” from Paperhand’s 2016 summer show “The Beautiful Beast”

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We will take a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales by peering through different lenses to explore the beauty, monstrousness and magic of these creatures. SO…

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Great for all ages!

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“The Zangamash” from Paperhand’s 2016 summer show “The Beautiful Beast”


"The Wumpaflump" from Paperhand's 2016 summer show "The Beautiful Beast"

“The Wumpaflump” from Paperhand’s 2016 summer show “The Beautiful Beast”

At the Forest Theatre, Chapel Hill, NC
Aug 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28. Sept 2-4. Labor Day: Sept 5
Matinees Sun: Aug 21, 28 & Sept 4

All shows begin at 7pm with a 6:20 pre-show, except for matinees that start at 3pm with a 2:20 pre-show. *Sat shows at the Forest Theatre usually sell out! Get there EXTRA early or, if possible, choose a Fri or Sun.

Tickets are only available at the door. No pre-sale tickets. General admission.


At the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Sept 9-11

Details, tickets & showtimes on the NCMA website


At The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Sept 17-18. Matinee: Sun Sept 18

Details, tickets & showtimes on The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro website


***** Have questions? Visit our Q&A page here *****

Forest Theatre crowd

Over 1,000 people at the Forest Theatre during Paperhand’s 2015 summer show A Drop in the Bucket.


Volunteer and see THE BEAUTIFUL BEAST for FREE!

“Enkidu” from Paperhand’s 2016 summer show “The Beautiful Beast”

GREAT BARTER! Volunteer to help at the door during “THE BEAUTIFUL BEAST” at the lovely Forest Theatre and see the show for FREE!

Simply send an email to: susan.zimmerman620@gmail.com

You may also read the Volunteer Inquiry form below or click HERE for all the juicy details.

We hope you’ll join us this season!


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Puppet Intervention is a puppet theater company based out of Saxapahaw, NC. For over fifteen years we have been creating original large-scale puppet extravaganzas complete with giant puppets, masks, shadow puppets, stiltcropped-Paperhand-logo1.jpeg dancing, painted flats, live music and so much more!

Our shows tell stories of the human heart, illuminate myths from around the world, and inspire young and old alike through their unique brand of creative expression. We create extraordinary puppets that entertain, bring joy, instigate wonder, and inspire contemplation about the incredible world around us.

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“The Painted Bird” 2014. Photo by Joshua Gira.

SUMMER SHOW

Each year we write, create, build and perform a large summer pageant-play-extravaganza. These performances last about an hour, include an ensemble of professional musicians who create an original score of music and involve a cast of puppeteers, which has included as many as twenty-eight performers. Our summer extravaganza is attended by over 16,000 people!

Through our annual summer performance, Paperhand Puppet Intervention helps create a community that shares picnic blankets, ideas, experiences and a love of wonder.

Take a look at our past Summer Shows here.

From “A Drop in the Bucket”. Paperhand’s 2015 Summer Show. Video by Dilip Barman.


Photo from Paperhand's 2015 summer show A Drop in the Bucket. Photo by Luck Photography.

Photo from Paperhand’s 2015 summer show A Drop in the Bucket. Photo by Luck Photography.


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Puppet from our 2016 summer show “The Beautiful Beast”.

JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST

The puppets don’t sleep…

So keep in touch with us and join us year round as we bring puppet love to the world: parades, performances, art installations and some years even a winter show!

Email paperhand.org@gmail.com with the subject:

“Add me to the email list!”


"A Drop in the Bucket". Photo by Lee Capps

“A Drop in the Bucket”. Photo by Lee Capps

INDY WEEK names Paperhand one of the

Nine Great Local Theater Performances of 2015

“Paperhand Puppet Intervention: A Drop in the Bucket (Forest Theatre)—One of the strongest shows in Paperhand’s 16 years of puppet pageants reminded us of what the I Ching calls the taming power of the small. Adults revisited the vivid worlds of imagination they knew as children, tiny towns raised their political voices, and a chorus of owls asked gentle, insistent questions about our future. Jennifer Curtis’ soundscape was a bonus.”


 

OUR FULL YEAR CALENDAR

July 2016

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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  • Art Show: Paperhand Puppets' One More Drop in the Bucket
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  • Art Show: Paperhand Puppets' One More Drop in the Bucket
  • Work/Play Day
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  • Work/Play Day
  • Hot Diggity Days
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BIG NEWS. GREENSBORO HERE WE COME!

Carolina Theatre of Greensboro

Sat September 17, 7 pm. Sunday September 18, 3 pm.

In 2016 we will spread the puppet love and expand our summer show beyond the Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh…to the Carolina Theatre of Greensboro! For the first time will travel away from our homes and our families with a heap of puppeteers, puppets, props, and musicians and bring our summer extravaganza to another city!

Please tell your friends! We’d love to see them Greensboro this coming summer!


 

Photo from "A Drop in the Bucket" by bellbottombleu

Photo from “A Drop in the Bucket” by bellbottombleu

Thank you, thank you, for making this world a better place by bringing so much joy, inspiration and creative thinking as we watched fabulous productions. All ages share this together, and that’s another bonus!

Robert and Janice
Marveling for ten years with you


WE ARE ACTIVE YEAR ROUND!

Throughout the year we are deeply steeped in our community and take part in public celebrations, parades, weddings, civil support (“interventions”) and general acts of vivacity! We also create learning opportunities, host workshops and spread knowledge of the great world of puppetry!


Centro’s annual Day of the Dead 5k & Street Festival

PAPERHAND IS AVAILABLE FOR…

Visit our Hire Us page for more details!

Parades
Puppet Roving
Events
Celebrations
Puppet Rental
Puppet Installation
Performance
Collaborations
Commissions
Workshops
Educational Opportunities
Residencies



"The Painted Bird" 2014. Photo by Deborah Amaral.

“Love and Robots” 2009 winter

SUSTAIN US

Donate to Paperhand using Paypal!

We believe we add an important component to the fabric of life and we hope you do too! Help us continue bringing incredible low cost “No one turned away because of lack of funds” performances by making a donation.

Among our long list of expenses are: monthly studio rent, utilities, paint, lumber, tools, materials for costumes, theatre rental, sound professional, lighting professional, moving trucks to safely haul the puppets, etc! etc! etc!

We rely on our own practice of frugality, creativity and a huge amount of volunteerism, so no amount is too great or too small.

THANK YOU for keeping Paperhand Puppet Intervention alive and thriving!