This enchanting coming-of-age folktale from Japan mesmerizes audiences with beauty, drama, and attention to detail. Surprising elements include a miniature being defeating a giant troll, and a magical wishing hammer. This solo tour de force is performed by Lisa Sturz who has forty years of experience. She manipulates two or three characters at a time, gives voice to eight distinct characters, changes the elaborate scenery, runs all the music cues and turns the scrolling backdrop painted with Japanese Sumi-e ink. "I was not expecting the level of creativity and professionalism! Your show was imaginative, creative, lively and funny."
Lisa Sturz, Artistic Director, has been a puppeteer and teaching artist for over thirty years specializing in curriculum based performances and residencies. She has worked with Henson Productions, Walt Disney Imagineering, Lucasfilm, PBS, Ice Capades, NBC, UNC-TV, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, Asheville Symphony, Birmingham Children's Theatre and The Lyric Opera of Chicago. Red Herring Puppets tours nationally and has performed several times at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. They have received an UNIMA citation of Excellence - the highest honor in American puppetry.