City Parks Foundation offers a traveling puppet show, CityParks PuppetMobile, the oldest continually operating company of its kind in the country, which presents free performances and puppet-making workshops in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and schools throughout New York City.
Returning to the PuppetMobile stage for the first time since its highly acclaimed debut in 2007, Cinderella Samba is a contemporary twist on the classic “Cinderella” fairy tale. The CityParks PuppetMobile production sets the timeless tale in the lush landscape of Brazil, where, thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro's biggest Carnaval gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo himself. After Cinderella is forced to flee the gala just before midnight, the prince sets out to find the mystery woman who stole his heart, in hopes of marrying her.
The lively production features an original commissioned musical soundtrack that brings samba center-stage; handcrafted Carnaval festival floats on parade; and one-of-a-kind marionettes donning their most vibrant Carnaval costumes, created by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park.
ABOUT THE PUPPETMOBILE
CityParks PuppetMobile, one of the only traveling puppet theaters in the country, brings Swedish Cottage
productions and puppet making workshops to all corners of the city. All shows are free of charge to the general public. No reservations are necessary.
Traveling the five boroughs in a PuppetMobile equipped with a stage and staff of professional puppeteers, we bring entertainment to 50,000 children and families each year.
Performances are held in parks, playgrounds and recreation centers. Puppet making workshops are offered where children learn about the art of puppetry and create their own puppets.