Penn State Mont Alto theater students to perform puppet shows at Waynesboro YMCA

Theater students perform puppet show.

Children watch a puppet show presented by Penn State Mont Alto theater students during Waynesboro's Destination ARTS Alliance in April 2015.

Credit: Penn State

MONT ALTO, Pa. — Penn State Mont Alto theatre students will perform five puppet shows for young children, ages pre-kindergarten through kindergarten, at 7 p.m. on April 22 at the Waynesboro Area YMCA, located at 810 East Main Street in Waynesboro. The shows cover such educational themes as lying, teaching, bullying, selfishness, and construction of geometric shapes. It is open to the public and free of charge.

“All our puppet shows are original and educational,” according to Penn State Mont Alto Assistant Professor of Integrative Arts Nancy Funk. “The students not only write the scripts on various social issues, they also make the sock puppets and paint bed sheets as backdrops for the physical puppet theater.”

The puppet shows are part of Funk’s Process of Acting class and give students the opportunity “to explore their physical, vocal, and emotional capabilities,” she said.

Following the show children will have an opportunity to make their own paper-plate masks involving various geometric shapes.

For more information, contact Debra Collins, director of public relations and marketing, at [email protected] or 717-496-1554.