Lee Bryan, who bills himself as “That Puppet Guy,” is scheduled to perform the classic children’s story “Pinocchio” Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost for the production is $6, and can be purchased at the theater’s box office or online at dallastheater-civiccenter.com.
The theater is at 208 Main St. in downtown Dallas.
Bryan, an Atlanta-based artist, is a solo puppeteer. He plays all 10 characters in the show, including three he physically portrays.
“Recycled thrift store items are given new life in this fantastic, frenetic retelling based on the [Carlo] Collodi classic text,” according to Bryan’s web site puppetguy.com.
Bryan has been performing puppet shows for 18 years. He has 12 different shows, and he performs about 250 engagements a year throughout the Southeast.
To produce “Pinocchio” Bryan received a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation. He said he received it for his use of found-object puppets — recycled items made into puppets. Every puppet in the play is made of different recycled items, Bryan said.
He said he tries to make the art of puppetry more accessible to children by showing children they have the ability to make their own puppets, he said.
While at the event he will be selling take-home puppet kits called “Glue & You” for $3 apiece.
“All you need is glue and you [to make the puppet],” he said.
Theater Director Emily Shipp said she is excited when Bryan comes to town to perform each year.
“Lee’s style of puppetry is engaging and entertaining for all ages while exposing audiences to classic and awe inspiring art,” Shipp said. “Not only does Lee entertain with humor and wit, but each show is laced with a life lesson that remains relevant.”
Bryan said he hopes for between 250 and 300 attendees.
He said the theater already has booked him for a summer 2014 show as well.