Thursday, May 2, 2013

Marionette Theatre in Central Park

     If you enter Central Park from West 81 street (look at the map!) you'll see one of the best-kept secrets of New York for kids:  Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. The Swedish Cottage is home to one of the last public marionette companies in the United States.
     Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre was founded in 1939 and today the company continues to fashion its own scripts, make its own puppets, and produce its own shows.
     The house was originally  constructed as a model schoolhouse and was  transported to Philadelphia to be shown as Sweden’s entry in the 1876 Centennial Exposition.

    Central Park co-designer Frederick Law Olmsted liked  the  rustic building and at his urging the cottage was disassembled and transported to Central Park. The cottage was used as  the nature study center for children and an entomological lab before it became headquarters for the Parks Department’s Traveling Marionette Theater.

The Theatre holds up to 100 people and has a party room. You have to arrive half an hour before the show to be able to pick of the  seats.
This year the theater announced  the run of  its hit 2007 production "Pippi! Pippi !", retelling of the classic “Pippi Longstocking” tales by Astrid Lindgren. The price is a $7 for a kid and $10- for adult.  You can reserve tickets  by phone:(212)988-9093. Address : 830 5th Ave  New York, NY 10065