Staff / Erin Gray
Puppeteer David Stephenens with a couple of his characters from the puppet show “Reluctant Dragon."
In a digital age in which streaming videos and electronic games are the norm, the Roswell Summer Puppet Series is still a top draw for kids.
Brandee Bryant, who manages the venue for the puppet series, thinks she knows why.
“It’s an experience families can enjoy together, and it’s unique enough that kids gravitate to it,” she said.
“From six months old to 12 years, each child gets something out of it. I think they see the magical worlds puppets can bring.”
Bryant always took her own children to the summertime puppet shows before she started working at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center this year.
“As a mother, I know we all look for things that enhance our children’s creativity and imagination, that will get those brain juices flowing,” Bryant said.
Until July 20, shows featuring puppets and marionettes are onstage at the arts center, 950 Forrest Street.
Shows run weekly from Monday to Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. There are also additional shows Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m.
The summer series, which began in 1998, features nationally recognized puppeteers.
“Stinky Cheese Man,” presented by Paul Mesner Puppets is onstage now, and “Velveteen Rabbit,” presented by Applause Unlimited, is showing the week of June 24.
“Circus Fanta Sea,” presented by Lee Bryant, will show the week of July 1.
“Three Bears,” presented by Tucker Tales Puppet Theatre will show the week of July 8 and the last of the series, “Beauty and the Beast,” presented by Roz Puppets, will be the week of July 15.
Tickets for children ages 11 and below are $5 and $6 for those 12 and above.
To purchase tickets or learn more about the showings, visit www.roswellpuppets.com. Tickets can also be purchased 30 minutes prior to a show.