Our stellar production explores diverse cultural legends and scientific facts about the Big Dipper with over two dozen beautifully crafted marionettes and animated shadow images. We cover curriculum standards pertaining to the solar system, the constellations, folklore, and Afro-American history. Stories include a Chinese legend recounting how K'uei, an ugly dwarf, won the coveted Golden Rose for literature and becomes a star on the chariot of Wen Ch'ang, the God of Literature. Southern slaves escaped to freedom in the North if they could "Follow the Drinking Gourd"ť. A classic Greek legend tells the story of Callisto, a maiden in the service of Artemis who is tricked by Zeus. Artemis turns her into a bear and thrusts her into the heavens. Zeus then transforms her son Arcas into the Little Bear so they can live together in the sky. A Micmac Indian legend tells of birds pursuing a bear through the Seasons.
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.