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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 9:15 am | Updated: 1:36 pm, Wed Oct 10, 2012.

Puppet Works, Theater Works’ new puppet theater, will present the play “Christopher Michael Who Wouldn’t Recycle” beginning March 19.

“Christopher Michael Who Wouldn’t Recycle” explores recycling and its benefits through music, poetry and puppetry. It’s the story about a boy named Christopher Michael, who learns the value of recycling from a magical time-traveling Recyclerbot named Rocky. Join Christopher Michael and Rocky on their rhythmical, magical and educational adventure that teaches the importance of recycling and reminds us that everyone can make a difference. The new Puppet Works production performs on March 19, March 26 and April 2 at 10:30 a.m. and noon in the McMillin Theater at Theater Works. Tickets are $7 each.

The show is geared toward ages 3-6. Running time is approximately 35 minutes and includes a talk-back with puppeteers about recycling, the puppets and the art of puppeteering. Puppet Works is also willing to work with schools and day care centers to create special performances during the week. Contact Chris Hamby, director of youth programs, at chamby@theaterworks.org or 623-815-1791, Ext. 108, for information.  

The puppeteers include Jeremiah Clay Neal (playwright and puppeteer) and Louis Farber (playwright and puppeteer). Neal is a local professional playwright and songwriter.  He is also the playwright of Puppet Works premiere “Saving Santa,” and his published works include”U:Bug:Me,” a rock musical for family audiences, and “The Kid Who Ran for President,” based on a book by Dan Gutman.  Farber is an actor, writer and the artistic director of Word Of Mouth Tour Company. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in theater.  

Tickets are on sale online at theaterworks.org and at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and may be reached at 623-815-7930. Theater Works is in the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts at 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria.

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