Puppets get new life in Chicago thanks to international festival

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We remember what puppets meant during our childhood, but Wednesday in Chicago, puppetry took on a whole new life.

It took master puppeteer Blair Thomas two years to bring together this event: 10 days, 12 different locations and 50 different events focused on puppet theatre.

Wednesday saw the rehearsal of “The Selfish Giant,” a performance Thomas will be directing during Chicago’s first ever International Puppet Theatre Festival, which officially kicked off Wednesday.

From Chicago to France, companies from across the globe will be performing different types of shows during the event: marionettes, shadow puppets, bunraku, among others.

It has been 15 years since an international puppet festival was held in the U.S. But with Chicago’s always growing theatre audience, Thomas expects this will not be the city’s last.

For more information, visit http://www.chicagopuppetfest.org/.

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