A few years ago, an old hair stylist of mine told me that his single favorite thing to do around Halloween-time was to go to the Center for Puppetry Arts (CfPA) in Midtown to see The Ghastly Dreadfuls show. He explained it to me as a Halloween puppet show designed for teenagers and adults. He said it was creepy, funny, incredibly impressive – and especially fun for first timers or folks unfamiliar with the complexity of puppeteering. It sounded really interesting and like something I’d want to check out, but frankly, I wasn’t sure that I could convince anyone to join me.
Until now! Scoutmob threw a Revel Party at the CfPA last night, and as soon as I found out about it I snagged two free tickets for Mrs. Casey (this chick is down for it all!) + I to join in on the fun! Thank you, Scoutmob!
The only photo I have of the museum area is this one, which I happen to love. (I was scolded by the hipster puppet museum cop when I tried to take an iPhone photo within the exhibit… She was intense.) What I CAN tell you is that we saw a number of our favorite Sesame Street characters, we heard Kermit sing “The Rainbow Connection” (Kevin’s fav), and we ogled the Fraggle Rock + Labyrinth portions of the exhibit. It was very cool. But, it was also time to get a drink (priorities, people!), so we quickly shuffled downstairs to the bar “The Tavern of Lost Souls,” for some overpriced wine in plastic cups.
The downstairs area + theatre were all Halloween-ed out. We loved!
The stage + a sneak peek at one of the puppets:
SOOOO without further adieu, here’s the Q+DD on The Ghastly Dreadfuls (according to our friends at Creative Loafing):
“The Center for Puppetry Arts has an unflowing crypt’s worth of spooky stories composed for The Ghastly Dreadfuls, its annual anthology of comedic and scarifying short puppet shows. Co-creators Jon Ludwig and Jason Von Hinezmeyer debuted the show in in 2006 as The Ghastly Dreadfuls: Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities, then revised it in 2008 as The Ghastly Dreadfuls II: Handbook of Practical Hauntings and Other Phantasmagoria. Currently Ludwig and Von Hinezmeyer can cherry-pick their favorite tales of the lot, such as the witty, grisly “The Girl in the New Dress,” adapted from the story by Larry Letemplier, which unfolds – or maybe “unscrolls” would be a better word — on a single, seemingly endless sheet, in the style of old Coca-Cola advertisements. You’ll recognize the music of “La Danse Macabre” by Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, accompanying a skeleton dance worthy of Fantasia.” Etc, etc, etc… I don’t want to give away too much!
Y’all it was SO good! The show was really well done – from the detailed puppets and impressive puppeteering to the creative stories and talented musicians. It was funny, too! I very much enjoyed it. In my opinion, The Ghastly Dreadfuls is probably not for the novice theatre goer, but it IS for someone who is really passionate about theatre, off-beat humor +/or Halloween.
I strongly suggest scheduling a date night this month to see The Ghastly Dreadfuls at the CfPA! But do it soon because they only have performances on Wednesday – Saturday nights through October 29!
Still need more convincing?? Check out a behind-the-scenes preview HERE: The Ghastly Dreadfuls.
And, Happy (early) Halloween!!
Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30309
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