kids day @ glottman featured 4 exclusive performances of sergei prokofiev’s “peter & the wolf”–a puppet play for kids and grown ups–produced by mamusch & co. the intent of prokofiev’s “peter and the wolf” was to cultivate the musical tastes of young children in their formative years. he recognized how important music is to childhood development. glottman recognized this too and decided to frame ‘kids day’ around this classic coming of age story.
in “peter & the wolf”, peter, the young pioneer, struggles to find his own in the shadow of his grandfather’s overbearing presence. when peter sets out into the forest on his own, the family duck escapes the confines of peter’s home, jumps in a pond and, well, gets eaten whole by the wolf. But, don’t worry, the duck survives this tale. through the course of the story, peter confronts challenge after challenge and, through this process, finds his courage and compassion for the forest and the animals that inhabit it.
after each performance, puppeteer monsignor mamusch showed kids how the puppets were made and how they work. each kid got to try out their favorite puppet. they also ate gummy bears, pretzels and leapt around the showroom space–catapulting off a giant midnight blue sofa by cor, which survived, thankfully.
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