"Carnival of the animals" has been staged by many renowned puppet theatres, among which are The Robert Rogers Puppet Company, Bob Brown Puppets, The Gamble Puppets, the Puppet Arts Theatre, Mum Puppettheatre and others.It is often performed with enormous puppets on a full-scale theatrical set. The "heart" and focus of the Carnival of puppet animals are the musical segments that make up Camille Saint Saen's playful masterpiece - A GRAND ZOOLOGICAL FANTASY.
"Carnival of the animals" is perfect for your Youth or Family Concert Series. The charming, sometimes oversized puppets, props and scenery, all enhanced by special lighting effects, provide a spectacular visual interpretation of Saint Saens' most enduring and endearing work.
Peter and the Wolf and "Carnival of the Animals" are two rod puppet productions utilizing the innovative 'curtain of light' technique. In some theatres the puppeteer, dressed all in black, operates the puppets while standing directly behind them, invisible to the audience. Carnival of puppet animals is a delightful musical appreciation program based on the composition of French composer Saint-Saens, which features the composer as a little boy imaginatively creating his own musical carnival characters.
In many theatrical performances this "Grand Zoological Fantasy" begins when the boy, giving up on his piano practice, crawls into bed and falls asleep, clutching his stuffed lion. He has left his radio on and we hear "Carnival of the animals" in concert. Suddenly, the toys in his room magically come to life as the various themes are played. This is where the Carnival of puppet animals starts.
Beginning with a regal, king-sized, somewhat pompous royally-robed lion, the puppet performance shows a kangaroo magician who can find everything imaginable in her pouch (except her baby), a dancing dinosaur skeleton, a school of fluorescent fish, a graceful ice skating swan, a cuckoo playing peek-a-boo with a big tom cat, and many other enchanting creatures.
Each interpretation creates stunning, emotionally compelling and breath-takingly beautiful theatre, using puppets, masks and sometimes the human body. It uses the power of the full orchestra while engaging the imagination of "Carnival of the animals" audiences. Many puppet groups use found objects and bare hands to fill the stage with a crazy menagerie and full-stage theatrical event in which the orchestra plays the leading role.
In Mum Puppettheatre the Elephant, created from an old vacuum cleaner, performs an astonishing array of acrobatic feats. The Kangaroos show the obvious link between mother, child and pocket (book). The Fossils are made from real dinosaur remains (recycled plastic bottles) and the haunting Swan is a tour-de-force performance for hands and kid leather opera gloves. "Carnival of the Animals" is full of fun, from the bad puns of the narration to the musical jokes of the score and the visual wit of companies' energetic performance.
In some theatres children, can join the professional cast on stage and perform with the puppets made by the company. The Carnival of puppet animals program is designed to fit seamlessly into a program for any audience.