Puppet Gam presented in Falmouth

A performance of Rumpelstiltskin with be the first in a series of five puppet shows put on by three different companies beginning with the Dream Tale Puppets of Falmouth. Dubbed a - A performance of Rumpelstiltskin with be the first in a series of five puppet shows put on by three different companies beginning with the Dream Tale Puppets of Falmouth. Dubbed a "Puppet Gam," the series will begin on July 8 at 4 PM at the John Wesley United Methodist Church in Falmouth.

Whalers who met on the high seas held a gam to tell their stories. This summer, on five Tuesday afternoons, three imaginative puppet companies will tell their adventurous tales at the Cape Cod Puppet Gam.

The series will open with “Rumpelstiltskin,” a lively take on the classic tale of gold and guessing games presented by Dream Tale Puppets on July 8.

All the shows will be presented at 4 PM at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Falmouth and are best for ages 3 and up. Tickets will be sold for $8 at the door.

Upcoming performances include “Monkey Makes Mischief in Heaven” on July 15 presented by Margaret Moody of Galapagos Puppets, “The Great Red Ball Rescue” on July 22 presented by Foreign Landscapes Productions, “Story and Puppet Time” on July 29 and “Jack and the Beanstalk” on August 5, both presented by Dream Tale Puppets.

The John Wesley United Methodist Church is at 270 Gifford Street in Falmouth at the intersection of Gifford Street and Lakeview Avenue.

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The “Cape Cod Puppet Gam” series is produced by Falmouth’s own Dream Tale Puppets, a troupe founded by Jacek Zuzanski in 2003. Using a variety of puppetry styles, Dream Tale performs for children and families and also does outreach programs for children and adults. The Puppet Gam series was started in 2011 by Mr. Zuzanski but this is the first year that additional puppet companies have joined Dream Tale.
Margaret Moody works with Dream Tale Puppets and is also the founder of Galapagos Puppets. Ms. Moody is trained in traditional Taiwanese puppetry.

Faye Dupras of Foreign Landscapes Productions is a Canadian puppeteer who currently resides in Somerville. She premiered “The Great Red Ball Rescue” last winter at the Puppet Showplace Theater of Brookline.

Mr. Zuzanski is also part of the Puppet Showcase, which is where he met Ms. Dupras.

“Puppeteers seek each other’s company,” said Mr. Zuzanski. “We perform usually solo or in small ensembles, but we enjoy meeting and helping each other and sharing ideas.”

“We are extremely grateful to the John Wesley United Methodist Church for its continuous support as well as to the Cape Cod Children’s Museum for their support and for providing us with rehearsal space and space to store our sets,” Mr. Zuzanski said. Mr. Zuzanski also expressed his appreciation to the Falmouth Cultural Council for a grant which allowed him to invite off-Cape artists to come and perform.

“We are committed to making the world better through our art,” Mr. Zuzanski said. “The world is a nicer place with puppets and the stories they tell.”

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