Access and Inclusion are major themes of this year’s festival
This year’s festival grew out of our desire to be more accessible to all members of our community. Beyond building ramps and presenting shows in accessible venues we are making efforts to create a welcoming atmosphere that encourages physical, economic and cultural access, and which cultivates a spirit of inclusion. Below, you’ll find information on a variety of accessibility efforts we have in place.
Meet Fred by Hijinx Theatre (4:30 pm show) and The Joshua Show: Episode 2 by Joshua Holden (11 am show) will both be ASL interpreted. Hijinx Theatre offers a sensory touch tour* before the show for audiences that want a close interaction with the theatrical events and puppets. Mr. Ruraru‘s Yard by Puppet and it’s Double It is a sensory experience for children and adults that makes this cross-cultural event accessible for anyone with hearing impairment or for anyone concerned about understanding a foreign language.
*The touch tour consists of verbal descriptions of the set and an opportunity to feel the fixtures, fittings and textures of the scenery, and to meet the actors who will describe their character and costume, and answer any questions that you might have that would help you enjoy the show. If you wish to attend the Touch Tour before the performance, please inform the Box Office while making your booking (24 hours notice needed). Contact us If you wish to attend the touch tour before the performance of Meet Fred.
We are providing “social stories” available online for audiences members that need preparation and a preview of what the experience of attending the theater will be like. You can find these online at the bottom of each event’s page, or access them all here.
Issues around the topic of inclusion will be featured in the Keynote speech by Tracy Broyles (9/21 @ 5:30pm at NEYT) and accessibility well be discussed during the Lunchtime interview series, daily at 12pm at 118 Elliot in Brattleboro.
We are honored to be a part of the discussion and hopefully the solution to making theater accessible to everyone!
Meet Fred – Hijinx Theatre (UK)
Show for Adults
Darkly funny, yet bitingly direct, “Meet Fred” addresses our assumptions about people with developmental differences, and ultimately highlights their capabilities to be heroes in life and in art. As pioneers in inclusive theater, Hijinx Theatre features an ensemble made up of actors of mixed abilities, and a little cloth puppet who must navigate an unjust world.For further information and tickets visit: puppetsinthegreenmountains.com
The Joshua Show: Episode 2
Joshua Holden (USA)
Joshua is known as the most sympathetic and inspiring performer for children since Mr. Rogers. His hand puppet, Mr. Nicolas, can never seem to find his place in the world, and their frank discussions are warm, funny, and honest. With singing, tapping, and a cast of zany puppets, this show will have you smiling with contagious joy.For more information and a full roster of performances visit: puppetsinthegreenmountains.comOrder Tickets
Access through the Arts:
with guest artists and community leaders.
Noon at 118 Elliot Street, $5 suggested
Friday, 9/21: Steve Crofter,
Community Asylum Seekers Project
& Kalob Martinez, Sandglass Theater
Honoring human rights through the hearingand telling of stories of asylum seekers.
Saturday, 9/22: Laura Tucker and Darlene Jenson, Theater Adventure Program & Ben Pettitt-Wade, Hijinx Theatre
Changing our perception of disability through an inclusive theater practice in the UK and in Vermont.
Sunday, 9/23: Robert McBride,
Rockingham Arts and Museum Project
& Chia-yin Cheng, Puppet and It’s Double Theater.
Enriching communities through the
development of artist spaces in Taiwan and Vermont.
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Thursday, 9/20 @ 5:30 pm
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
Join us for this opening GALA celebration of Puppets in the Green Mountains at the Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center. Come and meet the international guest artists from Taiwan, the UK, and Canada, as well as our performers and other guests from around the US. Partake in a sumptuous array of sweet and savory bites, from Vermont cheeses and warm spanakopita triangles to chocolate almond cake and lemon tartlets.
Funding for the Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival was provided in part by The Clowes Fund, The Bay & Paul Foundation, The New England Foundation for the Arts, Puppeteers of America, The Thomas Thomson Trust, The Vermont Arts Council, The Vermont Community Foundation, The Windham Foundation, Taipei Cultural Center, Chroma and the Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers and local supporters and sponsors.
All venues in the Puppets in the Green Mountains festival are wheelchair-accessible. If you need priority seating, parking, or any assistance when you arrive, be sure to let us know when purchasing tickets. We welcome people of all abilities, and strive to provide programming that is inclusive and accessible to all. Please contact us for more information on accessibility options that we can provide.