Puppetry is an ancient art form that has transcended time and crossed cultural boundaries to entertain generations
of children and adults. The Catskill Puppet Theater takes great pride in carrying on in the living tradition of the
old traveling puppet troupes, bringing high quality children's theater to over 100,000 people each year. Now they’re
coming to The Centenary Stage Company to wrap up this season’s Family Fun Series with their performance of The
Lion’s Whiskers on Saturday, April 13 at 2pm in the Sitnik Theater of the David and Carol Lackland Center. Audiences
will also have a chance to participate in a workshop where they can create a take-home puppet of their own after the
Lion’s Whiskers is a delightful musical adaptation of a traditional Ethiopian folktale, featuring a charming
cast of human characters as well as everyone’s favorite African animals. When lonely Minya marries a widowed
man with a small son, she goes to a Wise Man for advice on winning the heart of the little boy. He tells her that
she must first pluck three whiskers from a Wild Lion! In doing so she not only finds the courage to tame the lion,
but also the secret to gaining the love of her new family. The show features a multitude of masks and with puppets
of all sizes ranging from three quarter sized to life-sized to “gigantic” and is highlighted with shadow
puppetry and original songs
Since 1979, John Potocnik and Carol Mandigo, co-founders of the Catskill Puppet Theater, have been touring internationally,
enchanting young and old with their delightful musical productions. Combining backgrounds in art, music, drama and
American folk culture they are one of the nation's finest touring companies, receiving accolades from such premiere
venues as the Calgary, Winnepeg and Ottawa International Children's Festivals, The New England Puppetry and Family
Theater Series, the New York State Museum's Kid's Series and hundreds of schools, fairs and festivals.
After the show, children can participate in a workshop with the puppeteers creating their own puppets to
take home and will learn how to us them behind a special shadow screen with the group.
The workshop is available
for an additional $18.50 per person, with a limit of 50 people. To purchase tickets or to find more information
call the CSC box office at (908) 979-0900.
Theater of the Lackland Center (Directions)
The Centenary Stage Company moved to the Carol and David Lackland Center (located at 715 Grand
Ave, Hackettstown) in August, 2010. With a 22,000-square-foot performance space, the facility is the most sophisticated
performing arts venues in northwest New Jersey. The center includes a new state-of-the-art 500-seat theatre (Sitnik Theater),
a black box theater (The Edith Bolte Kutz ’42 Theater), a dance studio, scene shop, a costume shop, green room and dressing
rooms. In addition to housing the theatre, the 68K square foot Lackland Center is home to a variety of cultural activity, and
including WNTI, the College's listener-supported public radio station, CCTV, Centenary's Comcast-licensed television studio,
and gallery space for visual artists.
Named in honor of Carol Burgess Lackland, A Centenary graduate (Class of 1954), and her husband, David A. Lackland, a Centenary
College Trustee, The David and Carol Lackland Center, has been designed to enrich student life and bring new cultural opportunities
to northwest New Jersey. ...more(including photos, progress reports, and 'Tour Lackland with Carl')
Lackland Center Seating
Sitnik Lower Level Seating Seats assigned on a best available basis.
Seating Seats assigned on a best available basis.