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Attack of the giant puppets
August 4, 2010 - Bill Ackerbauer
Tomorrow night is one of my favorite nights of the summer -- the annual performance of the Mettawee River Theater Company at Johnson Hall State Historic Site. What's not to love about giant puppets, live music, dance and mythology all whirled into an evening's entertainment?
This performance troupe has graced Johnson Hall for one night each summer for thirty years, bringing a strong dose of theatrical culture to our community. Johnstown is, of course, just one stop on a summerlong tour for the Mettawee River group, based in Salem, Washington County.
This year's show is "The Woman Who Fell from the Sky," drawn from an Iroquois creation myth in which the Sky Woman falls from the spirit world and lands on the back of a turtle.
The performance will begin around 8 p.m. Thursday on the lawn at Johnson Hall. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and bring a few bucks to toss into the hat that will be passed around at the end.
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(Photo courtesy of Mettawee River Theater Co.) "The Woman Who Fell from the Sky" features life-sized puppets, including these.