On November 25, 2014

“The Hobbit” ushers in the magic of the season at Chandler Center

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No Strings Marionette Company’s rendition of “The Hobbit” includes puppets of the characters straight from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Saturday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. — RANDOLPH — What would you do if a wandering wizard, accompanied by a band of dwarves, drew you into a quest for treasure where you’d be certain to face grave dangers, both known and mysterious?

Discover hobbit Bilbo Baggins’ response to this dilemma in No Strings Marionette Company’s new production of “The Hobbit,” presented at Chandler on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. This fantasy adventure story, first published in 1937 by British author J.R.R. Tolkien, introduces the Middle Earth characters that later take part in “The Lord of The Rings” trilogy.

Puppeteers Dan Baginski and Barbara Paulson have performed for over twelve years, dazzling children and adults with their marionette magic. On the stage of this traveling theater, the performance is a seamless blend of music, movement and masterful marionette manipulation. You can watch how the puppets are brought to life, since the puppeteers do not hide themselves from the audience.

Two years in the making, this adaptation of “The Hobbit” is by far their most ambitious production to date. The puppets, built in the No Strings studio in Randolph, Vt., range in style from marionettes to body beings to interactive scenic pieces. All honor the tradition of puppets performing great works of history’s finest creative artists and writers.

A beloved Thanksgiving weekend tradition, the No Strings Marionette Company ushers in the magic of the holiday season in a performance perfect for all ages. Tickets are only $6, and can be reserved online at www.chandler-arts.org or by calling the box office at 802-728-6464 weekdays 3-6 p.m.
Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 71-73 Main Street, Randolph.

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