Paul Mesner of Paul Mesner Puppets performs “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf.” Paul Mesner Puppets is based in Kansas City and performs all over the world. The one-man show was held at Horace Mann Elementary and Washington Elementary on Thursday, Nov. 7.
The performances were facilitated by the Liberty Center Association for the Arts and sponsored by the Missouri Arts Council, The Cooney Foundation for the Arts, Horace Mann and Washington PTAs.
Mesner ended his humorous performance by showing the children how he constructed all the puppets and how they work behind the scenes. He then revealed himself without the wolf mask and took questions from the audience.
“The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf” is the recipient of the prestigious UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence. The UNIMA-USA recognizes and rewards the best of the puppetry arts in the country.
In addition to encouraging worthy puppeteers, the goal of the Citations program is to provide credible recognition that will aid puppeteers as they seek audiences in this country and abroad. The Citations are awarded to shows that touch their audiences deeply; that totally engage, enchant and enthrall. In meeting the criteria for excellent puppetry, Citation-worthy shows must also stand as prime examples of excellent theatre. Photo by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.