Former “Sesame Street” puppeteer and Jim Henson Award-winner David Stephens returns to Theater Works for a special performance of “The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. He will present a master class on puppet construction and manipulation from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. Both take place at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria.
In this 40-minute show, the audience will follow the little troublemaker as he makes narrow escapes from unsuspecting cookie lovers. You’ll also meet Redina, a little red hen who learns how to follow directions in a retelling of the classic story, “The Little Red Hen.” Friend Gripe and Bicker learn the value of working together when they are granted three wishes in a new version of “The Three Wishes.” Lots of characters to meet in this wacky, fun-filled show. Intended for all ages. Tickets are $12.
Stephens will guide students ages 16 and older through the basics of foam puppet construction and manipulation in the master class, and each student will create a simple Muppet-style hand-and-rod puppet and learn the basics of performance, including lip-syncing, eye focus and character development. Cost is $125 and includes materials.
Stephens was a Muppet performer on “Sesame Street” and The Jim Henson Company and has created and performed characters for his own Atlanta-based company, All Hands Productions. He also worked as a puppet assistant for several “Sesame Street” Home Video productions and became a day-player on season 39 of “Sesame Street,” performing Anything Muppets.
Tickets: theaterworks.org or 623-815-7930.