Original puppet show coming to library

Published 11:59 am Friday, October 11, 2019

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By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

“Dr. Thylacine’s Hall of Cryptids,” written by Mark S. Smith and Craig Isley of the Central Alabama Performing Arts Guild, will be performed at the Chilton-Clanton Public Library on Oct. 26 at 4 and 7 p.m.

“I believe it is the first all original production for Central Alabama Performing Arts Guild,” Isley said.

“Dr. Thylacine’s Hall of Cryptids” will feature local puppeteers and actors from the Guild. Many of the participants will be seen as actors as well as performing behind-the-scenes as a puppet.

Mary Schiermann, president of CAPAG, described the show as a family-friendly, Halloween-themed event.

Admission is $5 at the door.

Smith has created the puppets for the show and recently taught a workshop on puppet making at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

Isley said he and Smith would perform an annual Halloween puppet show when they were young for their church’s Halloween carnival.

“We just had so much fun back in the day doing that that we’ve always talked about getting together and trying to do a puppet-type event,” Isley said. “My involvement with the Guild has given us the opportunity to do that. It will be the most elaborate and probably best production we have ever done.”

The Chilton-Clanton Public Library is located at 100 First Avenue in Clanton.