The Center for Puppetry Arts - Harold and the Purple Crayon

Until May 26.

By Lori Herman April 16, 2019

What an amazing show! Harold and the Purple Crayon at the Center for Puppetry Arts was a fantastic tribute to the original children's book. The show combined various types of puppets, computerized moving mirror images on a screen, and black lights to really bring the book to life. My 3-year-old and I were magically taken into Harold's imagination and felt as if we were on his journey along with him.

When the show finishes some of the actual puppeteers take their time to show the audience how the magic is done. We not only get to see the show but learn how to be in the show as well. The craft that followed was a tabletop puppet of the purple mouse from the story. Children and adults are encouraged to create a puppet and are shown how to use that type of puppet to tell a story.

As always, the Center for Puppetry Arts museum was a wonderful experience. The museum is constantly changing their exhibit pieces and the staff is always willing to discuss what country or project each puppet is from. The Jim Henson exhibit is very "hands-on" and ready for little hands to imagine and create their own puppets and show.

"The Dark Crystal" exhibit across the hall was a little too much for the three-year-old who came with me, but my older children (5 and 8) who have seen the movie would have loved seeing some of their favorite characters and scenes in real life.

Overall, I recommend this show to everyone. Boys, girls, children, and adults can be drawn into Harold's magical world and discover what he can do with only one small purple crayon!

Harold and the Purple Crayon is playing at the Center for Puppetry Arts until May 26, 2019.

  • Tuesday 10 am and 1130am
  • Wednesday 10 am and 1130am
  • Thursday 10 am and 1130am
  • Friday 10 am and 1130am
  • Saturday 11 am and 1 pm
  • Sunday 1 pm and 3 pm

All-inclusive ticket prices vary by date, but start at $12.50 (Members) and $25 (nonmembers) and include entrance to the Create-A Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make, decorate and perform with their own Magnificent Mouse Tabletop Puppet, as well as admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, featuring a global gallery and the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets in the world.  Tickets can be purchased at Center for Puppetry Arts or at the door.

Center for Puppetry Arts is located at 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th Atlanta, GA 30309-2820.  Tickets can be purchased online or by phone: 404.873.3391. Center for Puppetry Arts is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Vimeo.

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