Dinosaurs dominate production for kids making the rounds in Region 8

Dinosaurs dominate production for kids making the rounds in Region 8
Aesop’s Dinosaur Fable features nine-foot-tall puppets. (Source: Bits n' Pieces Theatre)
Holli Rubin and Jerry Bickel are the creators of the production. (Source: Bits n' Pieces Theatre)
Holli Rubin and Jerry Bickel are the creators of the production. (Source: Bits n' Pieces Theatre)
Audiences in Japan, Czech Republic, and Taiwan have seen Bits n' Pieces Theatre perform. (Source: Bits n' Pieces Theatre)
Audiences in Japan, Czech Republic, and Taiwan have seen Bits n' Pieces Theatre perform. (Source: Bits n' Pieces Theatre)

RECTOR, AR (KAIT) - Gigantic dinosaur puppets dancing across a stage might sound intimidating for small audience members. But, creators of Bits n' Pieces Giant Puppet Theatre find children love the traveling production of "The Dinosaur and the Ant."

"It has a lovely morale. The songs. The dances," Jane Gatewood, a board member of the Clay County Arts Council and the CCAC secretary said. "It's all original!"

Primarily staged for pre-school through sixth grade, the giant puppets make their annual visit to Rector to entertain students from area elementary schools in two shows, 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13 at the Rector Community Center.

Tickets are $5 each. They are available at the door and the community is welcome to attend.

Elementary teachers have the curriculum packet and instructions on making sure all students have an opportunity to see a lively stage show that contains a life-lesson and a moral.

It seems, in this show, that the Farmer Ant's Almanac predicts a huge cold front and storm headed for the dinosaurs and ants. The stage's magic and the imagination of the audience transform the classic story into a musical fable for today's audience.

"The group is coming in from Texas up through Pocahontas and then into Rector and on over into Blytheville that is our little local area. But they travel the world out of Florida." Gatewood said. "That's where they're based."

Bits n' Pieces Theatre will also perform in Blytheville on April 18-20, in Pocahontas on April 23 and in Newport on April 25.

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