Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Macon Library Summer Wrap-up

  • Kids got the chance to see what it takes to perform a puppet show. Read more about the experience here.
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  • Children could catch a behind the scene look at what it takes to perform a puppet show on Tuesday afternoon at the Macon Public Library.
    Peter Allen of Parasol Puppets entertained the children with a special program as part of the summer reading program, "Dig Into Reading".
    Allen has been performing as a puppeteer and actor for close to 40 years, according to his website. He was born in England and has been doing puppet shows since he was 8-years-old.
    Allen and his wife Debbie, who is also a puppeteer, reside on a farm outside of Jamesport.
    Parasol Puppets tour with their puppets all over the mainland U.S., Hawaii and Canada.
    Prior to the puppet show Allen removed the curtain and explain how the artist arranges puppets and props before a performance.
    To the delight of the audience, he transformed a piece of cloth, a head and a rubber band into a puppet of a baby. The "baby" quickly became real in the imaginary minds of the children by interacting with them, drinking a bottle and trying to take a little nap.
    Allen also showed the children how simple household materials, like an empty toilet tissue roll can be used to make a puppet.
    "It was really interesting how between the skits he showed the kids how to make the puppets," said librarian Jan Eaves. "The kids not only had fun, but also the grown ups."
    Every child also received various prizes such pencils, gift certificates, treats, books and more.
    The puppet show was the last program in the "Dig Into Reading" summer reading program.
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