Haiku, Hip-Hop and Hotdogs

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The award-winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre will return to North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh on March 26, 2011, to perform Haiku, Hip-Hop and Hotdogs — Poetry Comes Alive, the theater group’s latest creation.

“It’s always a treat to have Crabgrass Puppet visit us from Vermont,” says N.C. Museum of Art educator Diana Phillips. “Their high-quality performances include handsomely crafted puppets and scenery that is set into motion with imaginative and engaging stories.”

Haiku, Hip-Hop and Hotdogs includes a series of well-known children’s poems that are brought to life by sophisticated puppetry. Poems such as We’re Fearless Flying Hotdogs and The Goblin are designed to captivate and inspire the imaginations of young children and parents alike. These, and additional poems from acclaimed composers, including Jack Prelutsky, Beatrice Schenk de Regniers and David McCord, are transformed into artistic masterpieces by the talented puppeteers Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall.

Crabgrass Puppet Theatre group performs more than 200 shows per year at dozens of regional, national and international puppetry festivals.

The theater group has twice received the Citation of Excellence from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionette and was recently selected to receive a Creation Grant from the Vermont’s Art Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Showings of Haiku, Hip-Hop and Hotdogs will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the East Building of the museum auditorium at 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. Tickets are $3 for the public or free for family-level members and above. The performances are recommended for children ages 5 and older. Each performance is expected to last between 45 and 55 minutes.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://ncartmuseum.org/buy-tickets or call the museum box office at 919-715-5923.

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