Embarking on an adventure through the fields of Zilker Park, children were drawn to the Theatre Action Project tent for puppet shows and face paintings. Inside the puppet show tent, lanterns and an imaginative backdrop set the mood for a dip in the ocean and a trip to Paris.
Starting off the show, TAP volunteers used a shadow screen to illustrate “Swimmy” a children’s book by Leo Lionni. Captivating the children’s imagination, they learned when people or fish work together they can overcome obstacles and stand up to bullies. Similar to Swimmy and the other fish, the children became the “biggest fish in the seas” by working together to help bring the second half of the show to life through sound effects.
In the second half of the show, the children worked together to add sound effects to the show based on “The Red Balloon” by Albert Lamorisse. Children chimed in with kissing noises, dinging and yelling “ballooooons.” Audience members really felt like they were in Paris with Dustin Wills’, the narrator, French accent, the children’s sound effects and the hand-painted background. Parents in the audience smiled with memories of their childhood as they watched the children participate in main characters adventure through Paris with his new red balloon friend. Each child left the puppet show with laughter following closely behind like Pascal’s red balloon.
The puppet show was a huge success thanks to the volunteers and Dustin Wills who not only narrated one puppet show but also organized the event. We hope to see everyone next year at the Kite Festival or even join us at our upcoming Spring Break or Summer Camps.