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June 13, 2014

Henson puppeteer to give free workshops

On Tuesday, June 17, David Valentine, NYC master puppeteer and puppet builder for the Jim Henson Company, Puppet Heap and the Vampire Cowboy Theatre Company, will present two, free, one-hour puppeteer workshops to the public at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. Students in grades 3-6 will meet from 9-10 a.m. and middle and high school students along with any interested adults will meet 11 a.m. to noon at the center as well. Participants must register in advance for the workshops and may do so by going online to www.americangothicfest.org or by calling (641) 777-9636. Registration is limited to 25 persons per session.

Valentine’s multiple years of design experience in the theater world have been recognized by nominations from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards as well as the American Theatre Wing’s Henry Hewes Design Award. He is the resident puppet designer of Vampire Cowboy Theatre Company as well as a puppet builder for Puppet Heap and The Jim Henson Company.

Valentine is being brought to Ottumwa June 16-18 for training with the puppeteers of the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival’s upcoming production of The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra, Go!

The children’s play is brand new having only been produced in Minneapolis and New York City prior to its Iowa premiere here in Ottumwa. Valentine’s orginal puppet creations for the show will be a part of the Ottumwa production as well.

AGPAF’s production of The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra, Go! will run at Bridge View Center July 2-5. Tickets may be purchased online at www.americangothicfest.org or by calling (641) 777-9636. The organization’s box office is open 9-11 a.m. M-F at 226 E. 2nd St., Suite 4.

Valentine’s appearance is sponsored by the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival and funded in part by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation.

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