Center for Puppetry Arts launches out-of-this-world adventure with SPACE!, now-October 20

Center for Puppetry Arts launches out-of-this-world adventure with SPACE!, now-October 20

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic moon landing with a celestial adventure


ATLANTA (September 17, 2019) – Earthlings are invited to join an intergalactic rock-and-roll voyage through the solar system and beyond during the Center for Puppetry Arts’ production of SPACE!, on stage now through October 20. The show’s fun, fact-filled look at the final frontier blasts off from the puppet stage with a balance of entertainment and education for all ages to enjoy.

A band of five rocking space aliens present a host of scientific facts about planets, stars, meteors and more! Audience members are beamed aboard to join the celestial crew, where they learn about gravitational pull with Sir Isaac Newton, gaze at Saturn's rings with Galileo, rock out on the asteroid belt and zoom off to the edge of the universe. Explorers learn what fuels the sun, how planets got their names and other fun facts about the universe. This cosmic adventure is filled with special effects, hundreds of NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory images, a host of unusual characters and an eclectic musical score of 15 original songs.

Written and directed by the Center’s Artistic Director Jon Ludwig with music composed by John Cerreta, SPACE! blends rod, shadow and black light puppetry to offer a fresh take on science for all ages. The show is performed by Amy Sweeney, Dolph Amick, Luis R. Hernandez, Jimmica Collins and Tim Sweeney. All puppets, props and scenery were created onsite by the Center’s talented team of artists.

On Sunday, September 29, Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a series of activities to earn all four STEM patches in one day. Scouts will explore the science connections in the show; technology behind puppet performances; engineering used to design some of the puppets in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum exhibits; and the math utilized to build a one-of-a-kind Extraterrestrial Hand Puppet in a customized Create-A-Puppet Workshop™.  Activities will take place from noon-3:30 p.m. and the event is recommended for Brownies and Juniors. For more information, call the Center’s ticket office at 404.873.3391.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is continuing its dedication to programming for patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with Sensory-Friendly Sunday on October 13. Sensory-friendly modifications will be made to the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. performances as well as in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum from noon-5 p.m. and in the Create-A-Puppet Workshops™ from noon-5 p.m. The Center will also provide social stories, a quiet room, noise-reducing headphones, sunglasses and fidget toys for guests wishing to use those resources. For details, visit

Recommended for ages four and up, SPACE! will be performed in the Mainstage Theater, now-October 20. Visitors can enjoy a discounted preview day on September 18 at 10 a.m. and noon.

Regular show times are as follows:

  • Wednesday-Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Media tickets are available upon request. Please send ticket requests to

All-inclusive ticket prices vary but start at $9.75 (Members) and $19.50 (nonmembers), and include entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make, decorate and perform with their own Extraterrestrial Hand Puppet, as well as admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, featuring the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets in the world as well as a global gallery. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 404.873.3391.

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Becca Meyer BRAVE Public Relations
Becca Meyer BRAVE Public Relations
About Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts is supported in part by: Fulton County Arts Council • City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs • Georgia Council for the Arts • The Zeist Foundation • The Wish Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

For a complete list of the Center’s major supporters, visit

Center for Puppetry Arts® is a unique cultural treasure – a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened, and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops, and the hands-on Museum as well as Distance Learning and Outreach programs. Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is supported in part by contributions from corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. These programs are also supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Center is a member of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA/USA/ASSITEJ).The Center also serves as headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization.

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