GOSHEN — Local pianist Mary Rose Norell, along with the Music Crew from the Elkhart Boys and Girls Club, will team up with Blair Thomas Puppetry for a performance titled “A Piano with Three Tales” Thursday at 7 p.m. in Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall.
The Elkhart Boys and Girls Club Music Crew choir, formed this year by Community School of the Arts instructors Luke and Mary Rose Norell, will host the performance. The Music Crew will perform two songs and introduce the puppeteers. The hour-long show is geared toward audience members ages 4 to 12 and their caregivers.
Organizers say “A Piano with Three Tales” is a classical piano recital masquerading as a puppet show. Young audiences will experience piano works including Musorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Chopin’s “Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor” and Stephen Montague’s “Mirabella: A Tarantella for Toy Piano.”
The piano pieces will be accompanied by three nonverbal stories on stage by Blair Thomas Puppetry, with puppets ranging from giant Japanese Bunraku dolls to human costumes.
Blair Thomas and Company is a national and international touring puppet theater company that was founded in 2002 in Chicago by puppeteer and director/designer Blair Thomas.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Community School of the Arts and Boys and Girls Club members will be admitted free, with admission $2 for their family members.