Mar 7

BUGTOWN FOLLIES PUPPETS ON MARCH 8!

Come see the insect world in way you’ve never seen before! The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage invites you to enjoy this one of a kind production of Bugtown Follies presented by the Robert Rogers Puppet Company.

As part of the Just 4 Fun Series, Goodwill Theatre will present Bugtown Follies for two performances Saturday, March 8 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. The Goodwill Theatre’s 2013-2014 Just 4 Fun Series is sponsored by Visions Federal Credit Union.

Bugtown Follies is a hilarious vaudeville pageant hosted by Master of Ceremonies and grasshopper extraordinaire Bugsby Berkeley. He heads a cast of all-star insects who perform in the craziest vaudeville show ever. Acrobatic ants, jumping fleas, tap dancing spiders, cavorting caterpillars and even a butterfly beauty pageant are all part of the fun in this supersized, imaginative close-up look at some of nature’s wonders. This show is appropriate for young children, especially those ages two through 10.

Robert Rogers has been fascinated and captivated by the art of puppetry since childhood. Growing up, he had a chance to see the inspiring work of some of the world’s greatest puppeteers: Sergei Obratzsov from Russia, the Bunraku Theater of Japan and America’s own Bil Baird. Rogers received his B.F.A. from the School of Arts of New York University in 1976. His post graduate work continued at the University of Iowa where he studied theater arts and playwriting. He first worked as a professional puppeteer for the Starry Night Puppet Theater in Vestal, New York, with whom he toured extensively and “learned the ropes”. His own troupe was established in 1980; its first production being a memorable adaptation of the classic story, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Many plays and productions later, the company continues to seek new horizons.

Robert Rogers has received grants from the New York State Arts Council, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the New England Touring Foundation, the Danbury Cultural Commission, the Meserve Memorial Fund, and the Puppeteers of America. His puppets have been exhibited at the Scott-Fanton Museum, the Roberson Museum and Science Center, the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier, and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Gallery at Bradley International Airport.

Rogers is also the founder and artistic director of The American Puppetry Project, a non-profit organization which fosters the artistic growth of students through active participation in projects involving the art of puppetry. Besides working as a puppeteer on stage and a fine artist in the workshop, Rogers is also a playwright, composer and cellist.

Tickets for Bugtown Follies are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students and children. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Doors open approximately one hour before show time. General Seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy. Refreshments will be available for sale.