Sandglass Theater's Winter Sunshine Series continues with Cardboard Explosion! by Brad Shur

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PUTNEY — On March 25 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sandglass's Winter Sunshine series for young audiences continues with Brad Shur's Cardboard Explosion! Get ready to exercise your imagination in this brand new and highly interactive show! Cardboard Explosion! is a choose-your-own-adventure style of puppet performances, powered entirely by audience participation. Puppeteer Brad Shur gathers ideas from the audience, and then instantly brings stories to life on stage with characters and scenery made entirely from cardboard. Prepare to be amazed and inspired by never-before-seen creative possibilities! Recommended for all ages 4 and up.

In addition to these public performances Brad will be teaching a Workshop at the Brattleboro Food Co-op community room on Building Puppets with Recycled Materials on Sunday, March 26, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each participant will craft their own unique character, giving new life to boxes, bags, bottlecaps and more. Once the puppets are completed, learn how to make them move and use them to tell stories. This workshop is appropriate for students 5 and up (students under 7 must attend with a grownup). Please reserve your spot by contacting Sandglass Theater at 802-387-4051 or emailing info@sandglasstheater.org.

Sandglass Theater's Winter Sunshine series is Southern Vermont's favorite puppet theater event for young audiences. Winter Sunshine provides a lively respite from the cold, a creative interlude between snow shoveling and wood schlepping, and the shine of laughter through the darkness of our Vermont winter months. Sandglass is headed into its 10th year of producing our family series. This series aims to bring some laughter, cheer and entertainment to family audiences, offering a range of live puppetry and theater performances for affordable prices. Audiences can partake in hot chocolate and freshly baked concessions and enjoy the family programs.

Brad Shur grew up making art out of any materials he could find. In puppetry, Brad discovered a medium that let him share his passion for all forms of creativity: sculpting, writing, performing, and more. Brad began performing in puppet shows while he was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. He then hit the road, touring nationally with several puppet companies before beginning to create his own full length shows. As a puppet builder, Brad has created characters for American Idol, Dolly Parton, and a number of theater companies and independent performers. As a teaching artist, Brad has led workshops at the Center for Puppetry Arts, the National Puppetry Conference, the Puppeteers of America National Puppetry Festival, and at camps, schools, and colleges across New England. Since 2009, Brad has been the Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace Theater where he has created four original shows: "Dr. Doohickey's Monster Machine," "The Magic Soup and Other Stories", "Tall Tales" and "Robin Hood." He also trained extensively with master puppeteer and Puppet Showplace Resident Artist Emeritus, Paul Vincent Davis. Brad`s newest creation, "Cardboard Explosion!" brings together puppetry, design, and creative improvisation to energize audiences to become art makers themselves. Brad hopes that families and school groups will leave the theater ready to transform their old cardboard boxes into something magical.

This show is funded in part by C&S Wholesale Grocers and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Tickets for all Winter Sunshine shows are only $9 and are available emailing info@sandglasstheater.org or calling 802-387-4051. Getting tickets in advance is highly encouraged as seating is limited. You may also take your chances at the door, payable by cash or check. Sandglass Theater is an accessible, 60 seat theater located at 17 Kimball Hill, Putney.


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