Thursday, December 11, 2014

Spotlight: DREAM CARVER Offers Masterful Puppetry, Encourages Creativity and Culture

Always striving for the new and wonderful, the Orpheum Family Series will - for the first time - present a bilingual musical, Dream Carver, on January 23rd.  Based on the children’s book of the same name written by Diana Cohn and illustrated by Amy Cordova, Dream Carver uses puppetry and original songs to tell the story of a small boy, Mateo, in Mexico who dreams of taking the family carving business to new creative heights.

Our Family Series always offers fun, engaging, and innovative productions that allow students and parents alike to discover the joy of learning through the arts.  Dream Carver is no exception!  This show is much more than a musical: it’s an opportunity for families to embrace creativity, immerse into a new culture, and experience masterful puppetry in action.

For those who aren’t familiar with the book, Mateo is growing up in Oaxaca, Mexico where father has taught him to carve small wooden toys in the traditional way.  One night, he dreams of fantastic, brightly colored animals that dance and sing, led by a charismatic quetzal (an iridescent bird).  When Mateo wakes up, he begins carving his dream animals into life – bigger, better, and brighter than the way his family has done for generations.  Through Mateo’s experience, audiences are encouraged to think creatively, try new things, and celebrate individuality. 

Creativity is one of those words that almost automatically lends itself to the arts.  While Mateo’s case is no different, creativity is much more than a unique drawing, writing a poem, or even carving an animal straight out of your imagination.  Creativity helps people find their way around unfamiliar problems.  It encourages one to look at the world with a different perspective – or even make a change in the world!  Being creative is an asset in just about any profession, and one great way to improve creative skills is to look beyond what something is and imagine what it could be.  Here, families get to join Mateo on his own creative journey.

Dream Carver offers a great way to introduce the entire family to a new language and a new culture.  Whether you and your family are trying to learn Spanish or are learning English as a second language, this show provides a fun-filled opportunity to practice basic vocabulary and discover Mexican traditions through the excitement of a live performance.

Dream Carver will also allow audiences to enjoy expert puppetry by Swazzle Productions, which offers talents akin to some of your favorite entertainment companies.  Haven’t heard of Swazzle?  You definitely know some of the names on their resume.  Swazzle puppeteers and designers have been trained by and worked with world-renowned groups like The Jim Henson Company, Muppets Studio, and The Walt Disney Company.  Wow!

Swazzle has created an entire world full of relatable characters brought to life by Broadway-trained puppeteers, colorful sets, and captivating music.  Dream Carver provides an unforgettable performance that will broaden horizons and encourage children to pursue their own creative passions with confidence. 


Dream Carver plays Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 6:30 PM.  This show is recommended for ages 6 and up.  Tickets are $15 for regular admission or $25 for VIP.  Click here to learn more.


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