Peter Pan at the Center for Puppetry Arts Atlanta {Review}

While we were in Georgia last week, we had the unique opportunity to attend opening day of Peter Pan at the Center for Puppetry Arts.  While I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this establishment, this was actually my first time to attend!

Let me tell you a bit more about the show.

Adapted and directed by Michael Haverty 
Based on the book by J.M. Barrie
Playing: April 5 – May 27, 2012
Tuesday-Friday: 10am & 11:30am
Saturday: 12pm & 2pm
Sunday: 1pm & 3pm

Peter Pan soars onto the stage in this new adaptation for everyone who is young at heart. Adventures abound as the children romp with the Lost Boys, rescue the resourceful Princess Tigerlily, and battle the nefarious Captain Hook. Following the novel’s classic episodes, Peter Pan celebrates the carefree spirit of childhood and the value of following your dreams.

We had the opportunity to attend the 10am showing of Peter Pan.  My family headed to the center and we actually met up with a few friends whom we had invited to come see the show as well.  Raileigh and her friend Macie even dressed up as Tinkerbell!

Seating is on wooden benches and is available on a first come, first serve basis.  So, I do recommend arriving early if you would like to sit near the front.  However, I do have to say that you can incredibly well from anywhere.

Raileigh is incredibly familiar with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell from Disney.  I knew that this was a puppet show and would definitely differ a bit from the tale she new.  Going into the show, I didn’t know how she would like that or handle it.

However, the show was so engaging and well-done, that I don’t think she even had time to notice.  From the moment that the show began, we were all captivated by the story and artistry of the puppets.  So many types of puppets were used, and I have to admit that I actually enjoyed the silhouette and shadow style puppets the best.  There was something so simple, yet so elegant about them.

Raileigh had such a wonderful time and sat attentively throughout the entire performance.  At the conclusion of the show, the puppeteers come out and even give a little behind the scenes look into how the puppets work.  That was really interesting!

One neat thing about the Center for Puppetry Arts is that your ticket is more than just admission to the show.  With your ticket, you also get access to the museum and exhibits.  They have a real Big Bird Puppet that someone actually gets inside and a lot of neat things dealing with the Muppets.

Your ticket also allows you to make your very own puppet!  We picked up a bag of supplies at the door and were able to make our very own crocodile– just like the one that ate Captain Hook.  When you’re done constructing, there is even a little area in the room for the children to put on their very own puppet show.

Watching Peter Pan and visiting the Center for Puppetry Arts was truly one of the highlights of our trip to Georgia.  I cannot wait to return in the future.

Disclosure:  I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I received a ticket package to Peter Pan for the purposes of this review.  All opinions are my own.