World-renowned ‘The Cashore Marionettes’ showing to perform in Truckee | SierraSun.com

World-renowned ‘The Cashore Marionettes’ showing to perform in Truckee

Hannah Behmaram
Special to the Sun
The Cashore Marionettes is an award-winning show coming to Truckee this Tuesday.
Courtesy Matt Cashore | Matt Cashore

This coming Tuesday in Truckee, come experience the magical world of marionettes with “The Cashore Marionettes,” presented by Arts For The Schools.

The Cashore Marionettes is an award-winning, renowned show created and performed by Joseph Cashore and his many intricately crafted puppets.

Cashore has had a life-long interest in puppeteering, creating his first marionette at age 11 from clothespins, wood, string and a tin can.

“It was while playing with this puppet that he was startled by the sudden but momentary sensation that the puppet was alive,” said Cashore’s management, Baylin Artists.

Since, Cashore has been performing full-time since 1990 across North America, Europe and Asia. He’s won a variety of awards, including a Pew Fellowship for Performance Art by the Pew Charitable Trusts for artistic accomplishment.

The Los Angeles Times claims the marionettes are “…beautifully constructed and move with such realism,” and they couldn’t be more correct.

Simple Gifts, the show being performed in Truckee, is a series of touching vignettes that shine a light on the beauty of every day events. Cashore manipulates humans, babies, elephants, and more creatures to look stunningly real, including a violinist performing a heartfelt classical piece of music. That’s right: he uses strings to animate strings.

The Cashore Marionettes is a show to touch all ages, a “simple but brilliant production that carries the audience through a range of feelings … this show is highly recommended even for adults who don’t happen to have kids,” according to a review in the Calgary Herald.

The Cashore Marionettes will perform Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Truckee High School Theater, located at 11725 Donner Pass Road.

Tickets are on sale at artsfortheschools.org and New Moon Natural Foods. General Admission is $20, with costs of $15 for Seniors/Students/Military, $5 for Children and $45 for a Family of Four.

VIP tickets also are available for an additional $5 to $10, which include options such as free drinks, concessions, reserved seating and a chance to meet the artists.

Hannah Behmaram is Administrative Assistant for Arts For The Schools, a local nonprofit that works to fill the gaps in visual and performing arts education for more than 10,000 children at K-12 schools, along with providing access to artistic excellence for the public with its onSTAGE Public performance series. Visit artsfortheschools.org to learn more.