CPS Opens Meet the Arts Series with Bilingual, Musical Puppet Show


Community Performance Series will present “Dream Carver” on Jan. 17 and 18 in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

Community Performance Series will open its 2014 Meet the Arts Series season with Swazzle's "Dream Carver." A school time performance will be offered on Friday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. and noon, with an additional family performance on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. All performances will be offered in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music.

Based on the children's book of the same title by Diana Cohn, "Dream Carver" is a bi-lingual children's show featuring original music and colorful puppetry. The show will also feature a short question and answer session with the cast immediately following the performances, to showcase the puppetry process.

"Dream Carver" tells the story of Mateo, a boy growing up in Oaxaca, Mexico, whose father has taught him to carve small wooden toys in the traditional way. One day, as Mateo is sitting under a large tree, he dreams of fantastic, brightly colored animals. When he wakes up, he is impelled to bring them to life. Feeling that his father doesn't support him in his creative endeavor, Mateo secretly sets out to create the animals he saw in his dream. Through the experiences of the story's hero, "Dream Carver" encourages young audiences to think creatively, try new things, and follow their dreams.

An acclaimed puppetry company, Swazzle has created, produced and performed puppet shows across the nation. All of the puppets and theatrical sets that are used in each performance are designed and hand-made by the company. The Swazzle team members have worked with leading puppet and entertainment companies, including the Jim Henson Company, Baby Einstein, LeapFrog and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Swazzle's television work also includes "The Pee Wee Herman Show," "The Simpsons," and featured puppetry in the newest Old Spice national commercial campaign.

Tickets for this Meet the Arts event are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the CPS Box Office, located in the lobby of Snell Theater on the SUNY Potsdam campus, or at Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (315) 267-2277 or visiting www.cpspotsdam.org.

Established in 1989, CPS at SUNY Potsdam is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. A rich mixture of programs links community, classroom and audiences of all ages while preserving access to the performing arts for future generations.

For more information, please visit www.cpspotsdam.org.


Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of only three arts campuses in the entire SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam's arts curriculum offers the full palette: music, theatre, dance, fine arts and creative writing. No matter the discipline, people from all backgrounds can find their creative compass at Potsdam, with myriad arts immersion experiences available for both campus and community.