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A fun puppet musical with important social/emotional lessons for kids will be featured in the New York Children's Theater Festival!
A fun puppet musical with important social/emotional lessons for kids will be featured in the New York Children's Theater Festival!
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Howdy people, puppets and puppety people! 

We are very excited that our musical Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater! will be featured as one of three productions in this year's New York Children's Theater Festival

We now have a quirky cast of awesome, custom-made hand-and-rod puppets (The Pennydog Puppets) and are excited to be in a real theater where we can help children of all ages learn important lessons about honesty, integrity and self-worth--all while being entertained by puppetry, comedy, drama, music and chimpanzees. 

Apparently it's expensive to produce live theater. Who knew?!? We have low-balled what we will actually need (and will be incredibly grateful if we go over our goal). Where does all that money go? Glad you asked:

•Participation fees
•Pianist for rehearsals and productions
•Rehearsal space
•Insurance
•Props
•Backdrops
•Tech crew
•Other production staff
•Marketing
•And other stuff (though 10 seemed like the perfect amount for a list)

Thank you so much for your support and we hope to see you at the show:

Friday April 26: 5:30 pm
Saturday April 27: 11am and 1pm
Sunday April 28: 2pm
The Marjorie Deane Little Theater

Cheers,

Staci & Ryan and The Pennydog Puppets (Maddie, Logan, Fred, Gina and MacKenzie)

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UPDATE #1: THE STORY

It occurred to me that Maddie never really gets a chance to explain the story and message behind the show (ahem, MacKenzie), so I thought I'd tell you guys:

Maddie studied hard for a test but still got a failing grade. Feeling hopeless and frustrated, Maddie fears she will never be a star. A well-intentioned (but misguided) friend suggests Maddie solve her problem by cheating on her next exam. Another friend learns of Maddie’s dishonest plan and tries to dissuade her. What will Maddie do?! As the story unfolds (and as the audience interacts with MacKenzie the Chimpanzee), both Maddie and the audience will learn the importance of friendship, integrity and being true to oneself.

The story was conceived while I was teaching in the classroom and students were feeling more and more pressure to perform well on tests. A lot of students would make dishonest choices and I knew this was something I wanted to address. Oftentimes cheating stories have students getting "caught," but I wanted to teach my students that there are much better, more intrinsic reasons to take the honest route (i.e. even if you don't get caught, the dishonest choices are damaging in other ways).

-Staci

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