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Welcome to the 7th Annual Orlando Puppet Festival

There are many puppetry-related events occurring in the Orlando area from October through December 2011, including a Downtown art exhibit and free film screenings; a "puppet slam" of short works intended for adults; and a separate weekend of family shows presented at Pinocchio's Marionette Theater... all part of the 7th Annual Orlando Puppet Festival!

This year, OPF's continuing partnership with Pinocchio's brings us performances on November 5 & 6 by local artists like MicheLee Puppets, musician Davey Rocker, and Sarasota's Punch & Judy puppeteer Prof. Brent De Witt. Shows include Pinocchio's own "Funny Bunnies" and classic "Cinderella," with an added sneak preview from a newly proposed holiday show, "Babes in Toyland," and a popular re-telling of the Christmas "Nativity Story" with live music, produced by IBEX Puppetry. The OPF is grateful to the Consulate of Mexico for sponsoring a toy theater production by the internationally renowned touring troupe Teatro Facto at Killarney Elementary November 16, and is proud to host a December 3 puppetmaking workshop by author and acclaimed television puppeteer Noel McNeal. All these family-oriented events have been organized by Pinocchio's Marionette Theater in the Altamonte Mall.

Other 2011 OPF happenings this autumn include the "Puppet, Muppet, and Marionette" exhibit presented by Benjamin Sawinski at Downtown Orlando's Gallery at Avalon Island from October 20 to November 11; and, also at Avalon, both a free, interactive "Muppet Movie" Sing-Along hosted by Heather Henson on November 4, and, on November 11, a sneak peek at the next volume of the Handmade Puppet Dreams film series. Finally, there is "Action Puppet Force," a "slam" of short, edgy adult pieces, hosted at Urban ReThink by the Central Florida Puppet Guild on November 12. Please explore our website for details and full schedule of all events at the 7th Annual Orlando Puppet Festival!