What does August in my neck of the woods in North Carolina have that is magical and truly special? The Paperhand Puppet Intervention's annual show at the Forest Theater on UNC Campus in Chapel Hill. This year's show is...
The show uses giant puppets on bamboo poles, people wearing puppet heads, dancers, costumed people on stilts, and a live band with original music.
Various family members participated in this show over the past 20 years - my wife Sarah has been a company member for the past 19 years. I was even in the show once and was the front house manager for 6 years.
The Artistry, stories, and originally of Paperhand Puppet Intervention is extraordinary. I think that the company is in a class by itself.
I am inviting any and all of you to take a break in August and come down for the weekend show. Yes, it will be very hot. I solve this by showing up early at the outdoor theater to get good seats (its open seating) and having a picnic supper before the show.
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening in August at 7:00 PM (pre-show music at 6:20). Admission is a suggested contribution of $20 for adults and $10 for kids (no one is turned away for lack of funds).
My house can accommodate several visitors, and I am happy to do so (be warned, we don't have AC but lots of fans). There are also many Air BnB places nearby.
It is a 4 and one half hour drive from Northern Virginia (which I know well). Well worth the trip!
Come one, come all - you will not be disappointed.
Drop me a line if you are coming.
- Randy Best