Pamper your children with an original puppet show presented at the Upstairs Artspace in Tryon on Saturday, July 9, at 3 p.m. It’s free and open to children and adults alike. Kids who are five to ten years old will enjoy preferred seating.
Puppeteer and puppet artist Madison J. Cripps is a professional from Asheville where he is an active member of the performing arts community, including the Asheville Puppetry Alliance. As a performer, Cripps brings his hand-carved marionettes to life with improvised drama, humorous puns and songs. As an artist, he has a studio in Asheville’s River Arts District where he constructs puppets and teaches workshops.
The puppet show at the Upstairs will star some of Cripps’ most popular characters, including Wophie the Dog, Frog and Zombie. All are on display at the gallery’s current exhibit where Cripps has smaller hand puppets for sale. Cripps sets up his own stage and provides musical accompaniment with a harmonica.
Following the show, children will get a chance to interact with the puppets. Juice and cookies will be served. The puppet show is made possible by the Jim Freeman Memorial Fund.
The Upstairs is located at 49 S. Trade Street in Tryon next to the movie theater. For more information, call (828) 859-2828.