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11/3/2014 - Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre in Arts Infusion Residency with Public Performance

Contact: Sharon Benson, Arts Education Coordinator
Arts and Humanities


Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre of West Liberty, IA, will present a fully-staged version of Prokofiev’s classic “Peter and the Wolf” in Salina schools November11-14 through the Arts Infusion Program of Salina Arts & Humanities.  The residency will culminate in a public performance on Thursday, November 13th. 

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre was established in 1974 as a touring puppet troupe, and has for many years been featured performers at the Smoky Hill River Festival.  Eulenspiegel has toured in Germany, Japan, Austria and 28 U.S.states. The troupe is known for witty scripts, original and expressive puppet designs, soft-sculpted and hand-dyed scenery, evocative music and strong graphics. 

Founding member Monica Leo will be joined by puppeteers Justin Cornett-Olsson and Angela Polowy in presenting “Peter and the Wolf.”  The work’s music is constructed as a child’s introduction to the orchestra, with each story character represented by a different instrument or group of instruments:  Peter by the strings, the bird by the flute, the duck by the oboe, the cat by the clarinet, the wolf by the horn section, and so on.  Eulenspiegel’s creative puppetry and staging will bring “Peter and the Wolf” to life at Salina elementary schools throughout the residency. 
A public performance will be presented in collaboration with a 25- member select ensemble of the Salina Youth Symphony providing the music on Thursday, November 13th, at 7:00 p.m.  The performance will be conducted by Dr. Jesse Henkensiefken, the new Director of Orchestras at Kansas Wesleyan University.  The free performance will take place at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts at 151 S. Santa Fe, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

For needed accommodations, please call Kathy Burlew at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities.  For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966.  The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.