I have been involved with the Puppetry Arts Center from its humble beginnings. Throughout the years I have watched as the Puppetry Arts Center has grown and moved (many times). I've watched as thousands of children have sat in amazement and awe watching show after show at the Puppet Center. I've seen Jan Timmis, the Centers Executive Director get every teenager at an at-risk High School involved and truly enjoy making a puppet during a puppet building workshop at the school. Everyone should see this entertaining and educational program.
If you are looking for a great way to entertain your children and yourselves or even to be educated, the Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches is the way to go. I have been to several shows over the last twelve years and have enjoyed them all. The content ranges from magic shows to ventriloquism to classic fairy tales to original works. My favorite is the original screenplay called "One Voice, One Heart". It's a story about an alien who crash lands on Earth and learns about the diversity of the planet and how we are different yet we are the same. It is a very moving and educational screenplay. Although the plays and scripts are meant for children, adults are both entertained and educated. Puppets are for all ages, not just children. I would recommend anyone to see the performers who are top quality and very talented.
I have been involved with puppetry and the Puppetry Arts Center for over 30 years. I really applaude this nonprofit Center in meeting the needs of the children in this county. I see the need for children in the area to see a real live stage production. They delightfully learn theatre manners from Sunshine, the marionette lion,as he teaches in a charming way. They love Sunshine and they respond and learn. The museum and theater is a unique addition to theatre and the arts in the area. I see all the work the director and the volunteers are doing. They work hard and are ever ever hopeful that they will have a permanent puppet center in this area to continue serving children, young people and adults.
Never have I found an organization so dedicated to performance with puppets, in South Florida, as the Puppetry Arts Center. My son, his friends and I have been delighted by these puppets and performers for over 5 years. In this time, my son has enjoyed “performances with a message” about pollution, ethnic diversity, kindness and theater manners (through a marionette bear named Sunshine). We have also made puppets in a workshop, fascinating! The children’s experience is truly priceless since they get carried away with the puppets (forgetting that people are behind them). The adults are nostalgic and grateful that puppets are still enjoyed in this very modern world of ours. In the community, The Puppetry Arts Center also provides complimentary admission to those children without the financial means. This is surely an organization that is worth additional effort and so I have made a new commitment this year (as a volunteer) to help in any way I can. Please don’t take our Sunshine (the puppet) away!
I am an elementary school librarian who discovered the Center in the spring of 2009. I was initially interested in attending some introductory puppetry workshops, but I found so much more at the Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches! The directors, Jan & Bill Timmis, have 20+ years of passion and experience. They've amassed an impressive archive of puppet theatre history and a collection of puppetry memorabilia in the museum. FASCINATING! The store offers a variety of puppets, and patrons do not leave without receiving some hands-on instruction. The piece de resistance is the theatre which seats 140 people. They offer professional performances for the price of a Starbuck's coffee. AMAZING!!! Unfortunately, The Puppetry Arts Center is Palm Beach County's best known secret, and it desperately needs funding -- SAVE THE PUPPETS!
Since I was a child, I've had fond memories of puppetry in all its forms, but especially marionettes. I had forgotton how much this performing art meant to me until I had my first visit to Puppetry Arts Center (of PB). Watching their shows and seeing the expression on the faces of kids (and big adult kids too), reminded me why teaching performing arts is so important to the formation of young people. You don't get that life experience of story telling from video games or the Intenet. Now as a volunteer and friend of the Center, I am excited to see what the future holds for a new permanent facility for upcoming shows and programs for the expansion of the Theater and Museum.
I found the Puppetry Arts Center when looking for a volunteer job that would be fun. The people were wonderful. Their variety of puppets from all over the world was very impressive. I thought it was a shame that they had to worry about moving to another new space instead of enjoying their love of putting on the show! I did have the pleasure of attending a few shows.I saw how the kids from day care centers had a ball. Puppets are magical,as well as live performances. On one occasion I brought my grandchildren along. They were talking about it for months! This Center is a true gift for the community.I would surely hate to see it disappear.