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Puppet theater for kids of all ages

The Center for the Arts Family Programming series brings the Puppet State Theatre Company of Edinburgh, Scotland, to Grass Valley for two performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. This award-winning production is recommended for audiences of all ages.

Hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender and laugh with Dog in this multi-sensory theatrical delight.

Based on Jean Giono’s classic novel, this play is a unique blend of comedy and puppetry and tells the inspiring, ecologically oriented tale of a human being who saw a need and decided not to ignore it but “to put things right.”

In spite of wars and hardship, a French shepherd sets out with his dog to plant a forest and transform a barren wasteland.

This uplifting and unforgettable story shows the audience the difference one man (and his dog) can make to the world.

Puppet State was founded in 2003 by Richard Medrington, who has worked as a professional puppeteer since 1984. In 2006, he teamed up with Rick Conte and Ailie Cohen to develop an adaptation of Jean Giono’s “The Man Who Planted Trees.”

The company was incorporated as a charity in 2009 and enjoys guidance and support from an experienced board of directors.

Aided by stage/office manager Elspeth Murray and administrator Jennifer Williams, the first three years of touring saw the show performed more than 800 times.

In 2009, they appeared for the fourth time at the Edinburgh Fringe and were honored to be part of the Made in Scotland Showcase.

Touring to date has involved performing in all corners of the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Channel Islands, Bermuda, Malaysia and the United States.

Awards include the Eco Prize for Creativity 2007, Total Theatre Award for Story Theatre 2008, Victor Award for best show at the International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase in Cleveland, Ohio and Best Children’s Show at the Brighton Festival 2009.

In October 2009, Puppet State was part of Scots on Broadway and performed to acclaim at the New Victory Theater in New York.

Tickets are $8 for children, $12 for adults and available at The Center Box Office at (530) 274-8384, online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org or at BriarPatch Co-op.

For information, visit http://www.holdenarts.org.

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