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Once Upon a Time. Snow White, Rose Red and Old Widow in front of cottage.Post Pretty. Handmade Waldorf Fairy Tale puppet theater. CastleofCostaMesa.Com

Thursday 3:30pm April 25, 2013. This afternoon, we performed a homemade “Snow White and Rose Red” by The Brothers Grimm Table Top Fairy Tale puppet show in 7 scenes for Miss Tiesha Hutchins-Utai’s aftercare program at our Waldorf school. It ran exactly 20 minutes with live piano accompaniment by my 8 year old pianists and assistants Nunu (nickname) and Anička. I am so proud of my girls!

130425 Nunu and Anicka with Snow White and Rose Red miniature handmade table top puppet dolls

 Snow White, Rose Red and The Grumpy Dwarf in the woods, the entire set was handmade by me with some help from Nunu, Anička and her mom, Alena.

130425 Snow White, Rose Red and The Grumpy Dwarf whose beard was caught in the crevice of a gnarly old fallen tree

Click here to view my children’s process of making the above wet-felted playscape and here to view the making of the rest of the puppet show set.

Here, Anička played a lively Lemuan Etude while my girl took the stage to perform a short comedic sequence. I am so grateful for all the smiles and laughter of the children.

130425 Nunu and Anicka bear in tutu scene

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130425 logo close up Nunu performing table top puppet show for children

Anička performing Etude No. 17 Allegretto by A. Lemuan, for the bear and sisters scene.

130425 Anicka performing Lemuan Etude No. 17 for Snow White and Rose Red puppet show at Tiesha Aftercare

My little Miss pigtails performing to her rapt audience.

130425 little pigtails performing to her rapt audience

Nunu performing to our audience. Miss Tiesha narrated the story with her rich, soothing beautiful voice as Anička filled the room with lively music.

130425 Nunu performing to our audience

Nunu’s “Ah Phor” (grandma, in Hakka language) flew across the globe to visit recently. Here she was laughing the heartiest!

130425 Ah Por laughing in the audience

130425 Nunu bear scene sepia

Nunu just after she finished performing “Joke Waltz” by Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich.

130425 Nunu finished performing Shostakovich's Joke Waltz for puppet show finale.

I enjoy Nicolas Kedroff‘s balalaika version of  Shostakovich’s Joke Waltz. Watch that man who smiled and smiled in the back. This is the meaning of life.

Live Piano Accompaniments from 8 year old Nunu and Anička

  • Opening: Waltz No.19 in a minor, by F. Chopin, performed by Anička
  • Domestic Scene: Ukrainian Song (traditional) performed by Anička
  • Gnome Scene: Variations on a Ukrainian Theme by Kabalevsky performed by Nunu
  • Bear and the sisters Scene: A. Lemuan, Etude No. 17 Allegretto performed by Anička
  • Fishing Scene Variation III from Variations on a Ukrainian Theme by Kabalevsky performed by Nunu
  • Finale: Joke Waltz by Dimitri Shostakovich performed by Nunu

Truthfully, I created these puppet shows as a one of a myriad of ways  to motivate the children to practice their music. This is one way the girls make “gifts” of their musical craft and hard work for their peers and community.

Anicka opened today’s puppet show with her performance of Chopin’s Waltz in a minor. I LOVE Chopin! I did not record Anička’s performance, but here is the piece performed by another pianist for you to enjoy…

Snow White and Rose Red wedding scene. Handmade and homespun puppet theatre by

After The Performance

130425 Anicka and Nunu displaying Snow White and Rose Red dolls

Our audience had a chance to view the dolls and scenes.

130425 after the show audience viewing puppet show dolls and props

The sisters Snow White and Rose Red in front of their cottage.

130425 After the performance

The dwarf and his treasures gleaming in the evening sun.

130425 After the performance dwarf in front of wet-felted toadstool home

Click here to view our first performance of this puppet show. This link also contains ga-zillion scene by scene photos of the story.

’Poor bear,’ said the mother, ’lie down by the fire, only take care that you do not burn your coat.’ Then she cried: ’Snow-white, Rose-red, come out, the bear will do you no harm, he means well.’ The bear said: ’Here, children, knock the snow out of my coat a little’; so they swept the bear’s hide clean; Rose Red and Snow White sweep the bear gently and he stretched himself by the fire and growled contentedly.

130428 Sisters with bear and doily in kitchen with logo

With family and friends after the show.

130425 After the performance Pearla laughs

130425 Nunu showing handmade miniature fairy tale book to Jadyn.

130425 ballerina bows

At the end of the day, we found the girls laughing, concocting soap bubbles mix and making giant bubbles in the backyard.

130425 Nunu aand Anicka swing wands of giant bubbles at each other

130425 Nunu and Anicka making giant soap bubble in the backyard one floating

April 26, 2013 Friday. With this puppet show just ended, Nunu and I are already busy brainstorming ideas for our next gig… an epic musical or operatic theatre play with song, dance, piano music, original song and music composition, magic tricks and a cast of a thousand include humans and lifestocks ! Or just 2 kids with a bunch of props. Hahahaha! The fun is endless… Drop us a line if you want to join us. We plan for show time to be on Nunu’s 9th birthday in November 2013.

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