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Puppets in Space! New exhibit tours the cosmos

POSTED: January 19, 2012 12:20 a.m.

The Center for Puppetry Arts invites families to take an intergalactic journey of discovery.

"Space!" takes the audience on a fun-filled, rock-n-roll exploration of the cosmos. Performances run Jan. through March 11.

A band of extraterrestrial musicians guides amateur astronomers on a tour of planets, stars, meteors and more. They can feel the gravitational pull with Sir Isaac Newton, gaze at Saturn's rings with Galileo and rock out on the asteroid belt.

Ever wonder what fuels the sun or where the planets got their names? Find out in this galactic trip filled with special effects and an eclectic musical score of 15 original songs.

"Space!" is written and directed by Jon Ludwig with music composed by John Cerreta. Blending rod, shadow and blacklight puppetry with projections, this show offers a unique take on science for families, schools and other groups.

The show is part of the 2011-12 Family Series at Center for Puppetry Arts, presented in the Mainstage Theater.

Showtimes are 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 4, 2 p.m. March 11.

Single show tickets include admission to the Museum Exhibits as well as the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, where kids can make their own Extraterrestrial Hand Puppet.

Tickets are $9.25 members, $16.50 nonmembers. They can be purchased online at www.puppet.org, or by calling 404-873-3391.



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