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Tag Archives | Allan Stevens

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Review: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at The Puppet Co.

The fairytale of Sleeping Beauty is a beloved classic, and what better way to tell the ancient story then through the timeless art of puppetry? The Puppet Co. Playhouse in Glen Echo Park is well-known for their original adaptations and hand-crafted puppets. Their current production of Sleeping Beauty stays true to the tale, while adding […]

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Review: ‘Len Piper’s Pinocchio’ at The Puppet Company

The Puppet Co. presents Len Piper’s Pinocchio, an adaptation of the classic story of a wooden puppet’s adventurous quest to become a real, live boy! Inspired by the book of Carlo Collodi, script-writer Leonard Piper highlights the original Italian influences in this production with great success. Directed by Allan Stevens, this production is recommended to […]

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‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ at The Puppet Company

The Puppet Co. presents Snow White and the 7 Dwarves, an adaptation of the Grimm’s classic with a mixed cast of actors and rod puppets. Playwright Christopher Piper uses intricately-detailed puppets and animation in this version to keep things interesting, while also celebrating the original plot. Allan Stevens is the director of this production, as […]

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‘Cinderella’ at The Puppet Co.

The Puppet Co. presents Cinderella, arguably the world’s most beloved fairy tale, with over thirteen hundred different versions of this story spread over countries and cultures. One thing about The Puppet Company that I have always loved is their affinity for the older, lesser-known versions of our childhood favorites, and such is the case with […]

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‘Circus!’ at The Puppet Company

Juggling bears, flying trapezes, and tightropes! The Puppet Co. presents Circus!, a spectacle of tricks and feats led by a band of marionettes, beautifully crafted by the talented Len and Pat Piper, Christopher and Mayfield Piper, and Allan Stevens. Set Designers Allan Stevens and Mayfield Piper frame the stage with a red and white striped […]

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‘The Nutcracker’ at The Puppet Co.

I have seen and reviewed The Puppet Co.’s production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker several times, and each time I see it I fall in love with it even more. Two years ago I wrote a review that described my feelings and adoration for The Puppet Co.’s The Nutcracker, so I have asked my editor to […]

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‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ at The Puppet Co.

The Puppet Co. presents The Three Billy Goats Gruff, a classic children’s tale brought to life with impressive marionettes, written by Len, Pat and Christopher Piper and directed by Allan Stevens. Performer Christopher Piper is interactive with the kids from the second he steps onstage. Asking for a louder “good morning” from the children, he […]

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‘Rapunzel’ at The Puppet Company

The Puppet Company Playhouse presents Rapunzel, a re-imagining of the classic fairy tale through the use of puppetry. Directed by Allan Stevens and written by Duane T. Bowers, this adaptation more closely favors The Brothers Grimm version of the tale, bringing a fresh perspective of the story to a new generation. Allan Stevens’ set design […]

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‘The Wizard of Oz’ at The Puppet Co.

Back by popular demand, The Puppet Co. presents The Wizard of Oz, adapted from Frank Oz’s beloved tale with a script and puppets by Christopher Piper, and directed by Allan Stevens. Set and Costume Designer Allan Stevens uses shades of grey in both the set and period costumes for the 1900 Kansas State Fair. A […]

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‘Pinocchio’ at The Puppet Co.

The Puppet Co. presents Pinocchio, the classic story of a wooden puppet’s adventurous quest to become a real, live boy! Directed by Allan Stevens, this production is adapted from Carlo Collodi’s Book by Vera C. Hughes, and is recommended to be enjoyed by children ages five and up. The action takes place in front of […]

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‘Hansel and Gretel’ at The Puppet Co.

The Puppet Co. presents a kinder version of the childhood classic Hansel and Gretel. Inspired by Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic version Hänsel und Gretel, instead of the wider-known version by the Brothers Grimm, and adapted for puppetry by Len, Pat, and Christopher Piper, this production trades out the murderous stepmother for a gentler one, and includes an array of […]

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‘Sleeping Beauty’ at The Puppet Co. by Julia L. Exline

The Puppet Co. Playhouse presents the iconic classic Sleeping Beauty, directed by Allan Stevens and adapted for puppets by Duane T. Bowers. Nestled in the family-friendly Glen Echo Park, The Puppet Co. are masters when it comes to children’s entertainment. The Playhouse is set up to be as welcoming as possible for families; with the […]

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‘The Nutcracker’ at The Puppet Company by Julia L. Exline

The Puppet Co. presents Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, a holiday classic beautifully re-imagined through puppetry. The multi-talented Christopher Piper, who holds the titles of performer, puppetmaster, and mask and puppet designer, also directs this visual stunner. The original staging, music arrangement, and design concepts  are credited to Allan Stevens. The colorful set is decorated […]

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‘Peter and the Wolf’ at The Puppet Co. by Julia L. Exline

The Puppet Company Playhouse presents Sergei Prokofiev’s musical adventure, Peter and the Wolf, a classic Russian composition. This story has been told many different ways throughout the years, with every medium having one binding factor – music. Looking for this answer, performer and puppeteer Christopher Piper asked the young audience, “If you’re going to tell […]

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‘Circus’ at The Puppet Co. by Julia L. Exline

Juggling bears, flying trapezes, and tightropes! The Puppet Co. presents Circus, a spectacle of tricks and feats led by a band of marionettes, beautifully crafted by the talented Len and Pat Piper, Christopher and Mayfield Piper, and Allan Stevens. Set Designers Allan Stevens and Mayfield Piper frame the stage with a red and white striped […]

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‘Cinderella’ at The Puppet Co. by Julia L. Exline

The Puppet Co. presents Cinderella, arguably the world’s most beloved fairy tale. This version, set in the opulence of 17th Century France, provides a different perspective on a childhood favorite, which I find very welcome in our world where Disney reigns supreme. Performers Christopher Piper, Allan Stevens, and Molly MacKenzie use beautifully detailed rod puppets […]

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‘The Nutcracker’ at The Puppet Co. by Julia L. Exline

The Puppet Co. presents Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, a holiday classic beautifully re-imagined through puppetry. The multi-talented Christopher Piper, who holds the titles of performer, puppetmaster, and mask and puppet designer, also directs this visual stunner. The original staging and design concepts are credited to Allan Stevens. I always have a great time when […]

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