Fairy Circus to take place at Peach Fest

Date: 8/12/2009

WILBRAHAM The Tanglewood Marionettes will be performing at the Wilbraham Peach Festival on Aug. 22 at 3 p.m.

Tanglewood Marionettes' presentation of "The Fairy Circus" begins with a brief demonstration of the art of puppetry. Through humorous interplay, the audience will learn about various forms of puppets, from the simple glove puppet to the sophisticated marionette. Then it's on with the show!

Featuring over 20 beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, "The Fairy Circus" is a showcase for turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers!

Founded in 1993 by Anne and Peter Schaefer, Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally touring marionette theater based in New England. Their repertoire consists primarily of classic tales performed by skilled puppeteers who have spent many years perfecting their art. They also specialize in school assembly programs and have toured throughout the United States with National School Assemblies based in Valencia, Calif. Locally, they have performed at:

The Children's Museum in Boston

The Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline

The Boston Athenaeum,

The Yale Art Gallery

First Night, Boston

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

In 1997 and again in 2001, Tanglewood Marionettes was a featured performer at the Puppeteers of America National Festivals in Toledo, Ohio, and Tampa, Fla. Tanglewood Marionettes has also been invited to perform annually at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Ga.

Peter Schaefer was born into a family of puppeteers, and has been performing with hand puppets, rod puppets, and marionettes since he was knee-high. After refining his skills with a local puppet company for several years, he decided to join forces with a fellow puppeteer and form a new company - Tanglewood Marionettes. Since its inception in 1993, Tanglewood Marionettes has toured nationally with great success.

To see a full schedule of events at the 2009 Peach Festival, see next week's Reminder.