'Geppetto,' a puppet-maker's tale of resilience, coming to Kaplan Hall

The play will be performed twice, once in Spanish and once in English

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  • Puppeteer/actor Carlo Adinolfi with his puppet, Jenny (Photo provided)

  • Puppeteer/actor Carlo Adinolfi with his "Evil Guy" puppet (Photo provided)

Essential information

What: “Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities”
When: Saturday, Feb. 24, in two showings: 12:30 p.m. in Spanish, 3:30 p.m. in English
Where: Orange Bank and Trust Co. Great Room 101, Kaplan Hall (corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh), SUNY Orange
How much: $5 general admission, $2 for children and students, free for SUNY Orange students with ID
Box office: sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml ($2.50 service charge for each ticket) and at the box office table starting one hour before each performance

— A puppet show for the whole family, "Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities," is coming to the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange on Feb. 24.

It's a tale of resilience about the recently widowed puppet-maker Geppetto, who is trying to perform — all by himself, and for the first time ever — the grand mythical love story of Perseus, who slays a sea monster to save his beloved Andromeda. Things begin to go haywire: Geppetto finds himself desperately improvising to overcome the challenges of performing solo while at the same time scrambling to devise new story lines, new characters, and even new limbs. But, because of his creativity and human spirit, he triumphs over the difficulties.

Puppeteer/actor Carlo Adinolfi brings his puppets to life and engages his audience. After each play, audience members are invited to “Meet the Puppets.”

Adinolfi and writer/director Renee Philippi comprise the Concrete Temple Theatre, a multi-disciplinary company committed to the creation of compelling new theatrical works,

incorporating drama, dance, puppetry, music, and the visual arts.

Cellist Jeanette Stenson will perform original music.

To engage a greater audience, "Geppetto" will be presented twice, with the first performance at 12:30 p.m. performed entirely in Spanish, and the 3:30 p.m. performance in English. Also, the Future Teachers Club of the Education Department at SUNY Orange is offering free to families new children’s books which will be on display.

For more information call 341-4891.

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