Puppets bring ‘Peter and the Wolf’ to life
BEAVER CREEK – Using cutting edge technology to bring one of the oldest and most adored theatrical art forms to life on-stage, master puppeteer and perennial Vilar Center favorite Jim Gamble presents the timeless family score “Peter and the Wolf” Saturday at the Vilar Center at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Using his unique imagination and charm, Gamble presents the classic story through his life-like puppets. Gamble’s style, appealing to both children and adults, makes the show accessible and engaging to even the youngest audience, and a must-see for the entire family.
Sergei Prokofiev penned “Peter and the Wolf” as a children’s introduction to the orchestra. The story is traditionally spoken by a narrator, with the spoken word accompanied by an orchestra. Written in just two weeks in April 1936 for a children’s theater in Moscow, Prokofiev was able to pen his classic, while keeping within the Stalin-imposed boundaries that music must be simple and understandable. And the moral of the story – you can’t be a hero without taking risks – delights audiences time and time again.
Gamble has worked with puppets since he was 11 years old, and uses his degree in Aeronautical Engineering to bring his creations to life. He has toured his various marionette productions around the world; to Hong Kong, Cambodia, Tel Aviv, Iran, Yugoslavia and Moscow bringing his art to millions. Gamble aims to “entertain and educate, using the highest skills of the art of puppetry to stimulate individual imagination and to create an enthusiasm for live performance art.” Gamble’s creations may also be seen in numerous television and film productions, as well as in amusement parks around the country. Tickets for “Peter and the Wolf” are $11 for children and $14 for adults and are available by calling the Vilar Center Box Office at 845-TIXS (8497) or online at vilarcenter.org. The Vilar Center is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.
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