SCERA’s Nov. 17 Puppet Show features Coralie Leue and a German Folktale

The traditional German folk tale “The Shoemaker and The Elves” will come to life when professional puppeteer Coralie Leue presents the well-known story as a puppet show the whole family will enjoy.

The puppet show will take place on Saturday, November 17 @ 11:00am at the SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 South State, Orem. Tickets are $3/person (ages 3 and older) and may be purchased in advance at SCERA’s main office, open 10am-6pm weekdays and Saturdays 12Noon-6pm, by calling (801) 225-ARTS or at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance.

“The Shoemaker and the Elves,” a folk tale from Germany, is about a poor shoemaker and his wife who haven’t a penny in the house, and have run out of everything, including hope. Two helpful elves stop in to lend a hand while the couple is in bed. Whatever will the old folks find in the morning?

Coralie Leue, and her signature host puppet Marvin the Monster, have been doing professional puppet shows in Utah for over twenty years. She believes puppets are a terrific tool to reach young people’s very active imaginations.

She says, “Puppets are so powerful with kids. Nothing grabs a child’s attention like a good puppet personality. To many kids, the puppet characters are just as real as people. You want to teach something? Use puppets. You want to entertain? Use puppets. You want to create a whole miniature world? Use puppets. They are magical.”

Coralie has not only performed over ten thousand shows in her career, she has taught numerous workshops to both children and adults, worked as an artist in residence, and taught at BYU in the theater department.

She has written and produced over 40 different shows and has performed all over the country. “I love making kids laugh. Some of my best friends are kids. The rest of them are puppets.” Coralie believes she has the best job in the world.

SCERA’s President & CEO Adam J. Robertson is glad to add the art of puppetry to SCERA’s list of family activities. “We like to do things that promote fun and imagination, and we have a puppet show scheduled each month through April 2013 featuring some of Utah’s best puppeteers.”

December’s puppet show will be Saturday, Dec. 15 and will feature the always witty and popular storyteller and performer Mark Pulham. His puppet show sold out last year.

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