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Puppets Around the World
The Singing Turtle
by Paul Vincent Davis, performed by Resident Artist Brad Shur
Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:30AM

Puppet Showplace Theater
32 Station Street
Brookline, MA 02445

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Show Description: Encounter the art, music, and theatrical styles of Japan in this charming folk tale about friendship and generosity. Taro, a hard working farm boy, must overcome his uncle's trickery in order to buy medicine that will save his sick mother. Taro discovers an amazing turtle with a musical gift who helps him save the day! Elegant glove puppets originally created by master puppeteer Paul Vincent Davis bring the story to life.

About the Performer:
Brad Shur is a versatile puppeteer who has created and performed characters made of everything from pixels to papier mache. As the Artist in Residence at Puppet Showplace Theatre he performs regularly and teaches puppetry classes to students of all ages, Pre-K to adult. As protégé of master puppeteer Paul Vincent Davis, Shur trained extensively in glove puppetry and currently performs two of Davis’ classic shows at venues across New England. 'Robin Hood' is Shur's first original glove puppet show. Shur’s other original works include 'The Carrot Salesman,' 'Dr. Doohickey and the Monster Machine,' 'The Yankee Peddler: Stories and Songs from Old New England' and 'The Magic Soup and Other Stories,' featured at the Puppeteers of America National Festival 2013. Prior to becoming the Artist in Residence at Puppet Showplace, Shur toured the country as a performer with Big Nazo (Rhode Island), Wood & Strings Theatre (Tennessee) and The PuppeTree (Vermont). As a builder Shur has designed and fabricated puppets for American Idol, Dollywood, Avenue Q, and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Master puppeteer Paul Vincent Davis is widely recognized as one of America's foremost glove puppeteers. For over 30 years he served as Artist in Residence at Puppet Showplace Theater where he and founder Mary Churchill worked tirelessly to establish a home for puppetry in New England. Paul created over a dozen full-length puppetry productions and received five prestigious UNIMA Citations of Excellence for his work. He has also toured internationally, including a multi-city tour of Japan in 1993. Paul was also honored with the President's Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Puppeteers of America. Now retired from performing, Davis remains active as a teacher and mentor in the New England puppetry community. Paul currently resides in Brookline Village, where he recently celebrated Puppet Showplace Theater's 40th anniversary and his own 80th birthday.

This show is recommended for ages 4 - 10. Verbal storytelling, continuous story, some character conflict and mean behavior by the bad guy (stealing) in the plot.