Based on the tale by E.T.A. Hoffman and the music of Tchaikovsky, "The Nutcracker" tells the tale of young Clara, who rescues her toy Nutcracker from the evil Mouse King and turns him into a Prince. In doing so, she visits the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy and witnesses all kinds of holiday marvels.
The show features Dancing Candies, The Snow Queen spreading snow over all the children, Prancing Clowns, Mechanical Toys, and Chinese Dragons. And of course the big battle between the Mouse King's armies and the toys and candies!
A Winter treat for all ages, featuring over 40 puppets, some of whom dance into the audience! For ages 2 and up.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library
About The Puppet Company
The Puppet Company was created by Randal Metz and has been producing imaginative family entertainment for close to 50 years. It strives to present quality children's productions that appeal to all ages. Each tale or well known "puppet classic" is told with humor and delights the eyes with well crafted puppets and colorful scenic effects. "Combining theater and puppetry is the key to a successful and creative production." And after seeing just one performance you'll wholeheartedly agree!
Randal has been pulling the strings of the Puppet Company since the age of ten. With a B.A. Degree in Theater and Children's Theater from San Francisco State University, he is well prepared for the vigorous job of entertaining families. After 20 years of apprenticing with Master Puppeteer Lewis Mahlmann, of Children's Fairyland, he became partners with his "at one-time" teacher and currently produces seven different puppet shows a year for Fairyland which is located in Lakeside Park in Oakland. Thanks to Mahlmann's influence, Randal is able to tackle any tale that will educate or enthrall youngsters. From "The Three Pigs" to "The Magic Flute", wherever the imagination will travel, the Puppet Company can take you there.