Jeanne Mann and Lori Dawson from Rome recently presented a puppet show at the Cedartown Library.
The event was scheduled as part of the summer reading program, which welcomes children of all ages.
Puppetry is described as a form of theatre or performance that involves the manipulation of puppets. It is very ancient, and is believed to have originated 3000 years BC. Puppetry takes many forms but they all share the process of animating inanimate performing objects. Puppetry is used in almost all human societies both as entertainment – in performance – and ceremonially in rituals and celebrations such as carnivals.
The show at the library was no different and featured two stories – a new version of three billy goats that crossed the bridge where a troll lived and one with the unusual title of “Chicken Cheeks”.
Of course, three billy goat puppets entertained the crowd of youngsters attending the show. There was a difference in the location of where the troll lived. This time he resided under a peer at the beach.
The goats were brothers – young, middle and older – characters. The youngest appeared afraid and asked the troll to wait for his other siblings. The second made an excuse and requested he see the oldest and toughest of the three.
As expected, the goats won the contest and the troll was thrown back into the sea.
The unique tale of “Chicken Cheeks” offered a learning experience with a twist.
Many animals (puppets) were introduced to the children as each was asked to help get honey down from the wall. When they appeared, the storyteller asked to show what to call their back half.
Words such as fanny, keister, caboose, tail, rump, buns and more were presented as the polar bear, penguin, turkey, flamingo, giraffe, dog, chicken and more turned their rear over the wall for viewing in order to learn new words.
The final was called “the end”, a climax to the show.
During the event, the children also were lead in a short exercise program to “get their juices flowing”.