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KITUS comes to the library reading program

Pam McAdoo, Sierra Sun

Participants in the Library’s Summer Reading Program are in for a very special treat next week when the Knights of Indulgence Theatre United States will present a fairy tale using their unique bag theaters.

This unusual approach to puppetry is yet another offering from Truckee’s own K.I.T.U.S., which continues to outdo itself with original and creative theater productions.

Several years ago, K.I.T.U.S. member Amy Pinto was researching puppets in the library when she came across a photograph of this ancient Chinese form of puppetry. With her life-long interest in moving objects and tiny things, she was inspired to devise her own bag theaters.

Bag theaters consist of a miniature theater which is worn atop the head. Rod puppets are manipulated from below by the puppeteer who is covered by fabric draped from the theater platform. Using the photo reference as a starting point, Amy began to create her own version of the bag theater with scrap and found objects.

Other members of the theater group offered design modification suggestions to help her arrive at her current backpack-like theater which affords the puppeteer a good deal of mobility.

Amy regularly combs through the collection of scraps at Mill End Fabrics in Reno to find wonderful and exotic textiles which she pieces together to cover the puppeteer. She hand paints muslin for the theater backdrops. The result is a most unusual and eclectic version of a puppet theater, guaranteed to capture the attention of children and adults alike.

As with other K.I.T.U.S. productions and presentations, the bag theaters are very visual. Often two or more bag theaters will interact on stage at once. Music and singing are an integral part of the telling of the story, which is presented in a more non-linear fashion than traditional puppet shows.

K.I.T.U.S. member Beth Lorio will join Amy for a special bag theater presentation for the Summer Reading Program on Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Library.

K.I.T.U.S. is currently performing their original piece Quiet on the Set, a four-part performance featuring silent films followed by skits, at the Capitol Theater on Commercial Row, now through Aug. 13.

Library hours:

Monday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Special Events:

— Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale, Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Used books may be donated through Aug. 3. Volunteers are needed to help with the sale; sign up at the library.

— Children’s Summer Reading Program:

For ages 5 and up. Sign up anytime, weekly programs begin July 12.

— Teen Summer Film Series: For ages 11 and up. Begins July 12.

Regular Childrens

Programs:

(Friday and Saturday Storytimes are taking a break)

— Tuesday Morning Toddler Time, for ages 2-3, 10:30 at the Library

— Babes in Bookland, a lap-sit reading program for ages 6 to 24 months, Wednesdays, 10 and 11 a.m.


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