2006-05-11 / Other News

P.S. 115 Pupils Treated To Puppets In The Park

By Neil S. Friedman

More than 1,100students from P.S. 115 filled the lawn south of Canarsie Park's fieldhouse last Thursday to watch a performance presented by Puppets in the Parks.More than 1,100students from P.S. 115 filled the lawn south of Canarsie Park's fieldhouse last Thursday to watch a performance presented by Puppets in the Parks. It was a picture perfect day last Thursday. The kind of day when students in classrooms tend to stare out of the window and daydream they can be out there playing in the park.

Well, some guardian angel pulled some strings last week because more than 1,100 students who attend P.S. 115 - that's every pupil who went to school that day - were treated to an outdoor puppet show in Canarsie Park.

Under a cloudless blue sky, the students in kindergarten through 5th grade, led by teachers and parent volunteers, walked the few blocks through local streets from East 92 Street and Avenue M to the park on Seaview and East 89 Street and spread out on the lawn in front of the park's brick fieldhouse to watch a one-hour puppet show, performed by members of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

The P.S. 115 students saw the puppets perform condensed versions of Hans Christian Andersen tales, including "The Princess and the Pea."

Puppeteers manipulate marionettes for an updated tale of "The Princess and the Pea"in Canarsie Park last week.                     Photos by Neil S. FriedmanPuppeteers manipulate marionettes for an updated tale of "The Princess and the Pea"in Canarsie Park last week. Photos by Neil S. Friedman Puppeteers from the group have been bringing to life magical tales of princesses, paupers, genies, and giants to hundreds of youngsters and their parents at Central Park's Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and city public schools for decades. The company was founded in 1939 as a touring marionette theater and made Central Park its headquarters after WWII. In 1947, it was incorporated into the Parks Department's Traveling Marionette Theatre. Since then, the puppeteers have performed citywide throughout the year in parks and in schools.

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