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Puppet show will open eyes and ears
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Children’s Theater

Gainesville Lions Club

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St., Gainesville

When: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Nov. 17

How much: $5

Contact: 404-310-0905

Donations can be mailed to: Children’s Theater, P.O. Box 963, Gainesville, GA 30503

By taking the kids to watch a puppet show this Saturday, you can help people in the community with hearing and vision loss.

The Gainesville Lions Club has scheduled its annual Children’s Theater for Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Gainesville Civic Center.

The Children’s Theater is one of the group’s two major fundraisers. Proceeds go to help purchase hearing aids, eyeglasses and the support of many other community projects.

Children’s Theater Chairman Jim Schwartz said the puppet shows are always a big hit with both parents and children.

“We’ve never had a bad one they’ve always raved over it,” Schwartz said.

For a donation of $5, children will get the opportunity to watch That Puppet Guy, Lee Bryan, an Atlanta-based puppeteer. Schwartz said no child will be turned away from the show.

Bryan will preform “The North Pole Fa-La-La-La Follies.” The show features a colorful cast of characters including a wise-cracking fruitcake, a musical goose, the “not-so-abominable snowman and many more. The zany residents of the North Pole perform in their annual talent show and some “hilarious holiday high jinks” ensue.

The show is geared for children in pre-kindergarten to age 5. The holiday production promises to “sleigh” the audience.

Show times are 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The 45-minute performance will conclude with a behind-the-scenes puppet demonstration where children can see how the various puppets are brought to life on stage. Children will also be able to pose for photos beside Bryan and the puppets after the show.

Donations and tickets can be purchased at the door or by sending a check to The Children’s Theater, P.O. Box 963, Gainesville, GA 30503.