An original shadow play based on the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
January 24, 2019, 7 PM
January 25, 2019, 5:30 PM
at Nordia House
$10 for NNW Members
$15 for non-NNW Members
$5 Arts for All program participants
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Thumbelina is one of Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen's most delightful characters, a miniature girl born from a flower who has to find her own way in the world of nature. In this OST production, Thumbelina journeys through a series of natural habitats to discover her home in the land of the flower fairies. Through the seasons of the year, Thumbelina has adventures with frogs in a pond, flying beetles in a tree, a swallow in the woods, a mouse in a field and a mole in his underground home.
While the plot of the play follows Andersen’s story, the script supports a comedic subtext linking music of the 1960s and 1970s to Thumbelina’s desire to find her home in a land of flowers.
Oregon Shadow Theatre is a Portland, Oregon based company specializing in the ancient art of shadow puppetry. Their award-winning shadow plays have toured the United States and Canada, including performances at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts, the Northwest Puppet Center in Seattle, and at theatres, museums, schools, libraries, and festivals from coast to coast.
Oregon Shadow Theatre's production of "Thumbelina" has been awarded the UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry, the award created by Jim Henson as the highest honor in American puppetry.
Deb Chase has been specializing in the magic of shadow puppetry for twenty-five years. She has created numerous shadow plays for the OST, and has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. She has designed shadow puppets for many theater companies and has taught shadow puppetry for years as an artist in residence at schools and theatres.
Mick Doherty is a musician and voice actor. Specializing in traditional music, he has produced numerous album projects, has composed music for theater, video and film productions, and has toured internationally as a solo performer and ensemble member. Mick plays with several bands, including the Portlanders and the Snakeskinners.