Blair Thomas and The Selfish Giant

The Alliance proudly presents critically acclaimed master puppeteer Blair Thomas at the Beverly Art Center.

Sunday, November 8, 2015 | 2pm

Advance tickets $12 Children $22 Adults

Beverly Art Center 2407 West 111th St Chicago, IL 60643


A musical theater spectacle created by Chicago-based, internationally-known theater icon Blair Thomas, founder of Red Moon Theater and singer-songwriter Michael Smith who collaborated on the staging of this Oscar Wilde classic (running time 45 minutes). Original puppets and music tell the story of a grumpy old giant who forbids the children in his village from playing in his beautiful garden. After the children are locked out, the trees and flowers refuse to grow and the garden plunges into an eternal winter. Then one morning, the children sneak back into the garden, bringing with them the joyous rebirth of spring. A free reception with the performers will follow.


Time out Chicago: “Blair’s magnificent puppetry breathes some fresh air into the well-known tale of a giant whose refusal to allow children to play in his garden results in an eternal winter. … And Smith’s ability to render the entire play in song adds a folksy, fun sensibility to the story that is appreciated as much—perhaps even more—by the grown-ups in the audience.”

Performance
  • Blair Thomas
    Blair Thomas

    Blair Thomas started his first puppet company The Palace Puppeteers when he was 10 years old and for three years toured churches and schools in his home town of Jacksonville, Alabama. The second company he started was Redmoon Theater in 1989, where he served as the artistic director and co-artistic director until 1998, during which […]

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