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Wren Wertin
Special to the DailyJim Gamble's Puppet Productions can be a pretty furry business. He brings "Peter and the Wolf" to valley families today at the Vilar Center.
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Prokofiev the Puppet plays the narrator, and teaches the audience about the language of music, a.k.a. “notes.” Gamble’s rod puppets perform on a

proscenium stage in a curtain of light, which was designed specifically to accommodate small touring companies such as his.

He currently employs nine puppeteers who perform in any of 24 puppet shows. The entire company puts on in excess of 2,200 shows a year, roughly 30 percent being during school assemblies. For those performances, Jim Gamble Puppet Productions has garnered kudos from both educators and critics.

Puppets from the Gamble studio don’t always remain with the puppeteer; some have found their way to Disney and other high profile arts productions.

“Peter and the Wolf” is performed at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek twice today, at 1 and 6 p.m. It’s designed for all ages. For more information call the Box Office at 845-TIXS or visit http://www.vilarcenter.org.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at wrenw@vaildaily.com or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.


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