Festive puppet show

ANIMALITOS Michael and Valerie Nelson will bring their puppet show to the Arcata Playhouse this Friday and Saturday. Submitted photo

Arcata Playhouse

CREAMERY DISTRICT – Bay Area troupe Magical Moonshine Theatre brings Animalitos to Humboldt for the finale of the 2018 Arcata Playhouse Family Series Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12. The show starts at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Animalitos is a collection of Aesop’s fables woven together in a magical puppet dance told in Spanish and English with a good dose of festive live music.

The stories are told with a collection of wonderfully designed and constructed puppets. A rabbit starts a race with a tortoise, but seeing that he has plenty of time, he wanders off, and gets involved with a fox who is trying to court a crane with a romantic dinner for two. With some clever tricks they manage to get some food to serve but things go awry when the fox talks the rabbit into being the waiter for the meal. Meanwhile the tortoise is getting closer to the finish line!

Founded in 1979 by Michael and Valerie Nelson, Magical Moonshine Theatre performances have been seen coast to coast in the U.S., as well as internationally with performances in 15 countries in eight different languages. Michael Nelson studied puppetry at the International Puppetry Institute with the late Jim Henson of the Muppets and is a past president of the San Francisco Bay Area Puppetry Guild.

These performances are part of the Arcata Playhouse 2018 Family Fun Series. The series is supported by funding from generous local business sponsors Kokatat Watersports Wear, Holly Yashi Jewelry, Wildberries Marketplace and the California Arts Council as well as other local businesses and individuals that support the school performances.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 students and members and $10 for children 12 and under or $45 for a family of four or more. They are available at Wildberries Market Place and Redwood Yogurt as well as online at arcataplayhouse.org.  For additional information or reservations call (707) 822-1575. The Arcata Playhouse is located at 1251 Ninth St. in Arcata.