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Giant puppet show coming to Deis Hill

Using their signature giant puppets, Madcap brings the history and tradition of baseball alive through songs, stories and poems.


The Dover Public Library welcomes children of all ages and their familes to Monsters of Baseball at Deis Hill on June 23 at 2;30 p.m.
“These aren’t just puppets,” Dani Gustavich, Dover Public Library’s children’s librarian said. “They’re giant puppets.” Gustavich said she is excited to be able to bring The Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre show, “Monsters of Baseball” to the amphitheater at Deis Hill in the Dover City Park on Friday, June 23 at 2:30 p.m.
The outdoor event celebrates summer and baseball complete with hot dogs, popcorn and beverages for a donation while they last. All proceeds go toward the library’s StoryWalk-athon, an upcoming event that will benefit a local family in need.  
Based in Cincinnati, Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre is a nationally recognized children’s theater production company formed in 1981. They use the art of professional puppet theater to promote children’s literature and world cultures.
In addition to their touring shows, they provide in-school educational programs that include performances, workshops and residencies.
In “Monsters of Baseball,” the sign at the ball park says “No Monsters Allowed!” Roscoe sneaks a little monster named Gus in to see a baseball game anyway. More monsters sneak into the ball park to join the fun.
Using their signature giant puppets, Madcap brings the history and tradition of baseball alive through songs, stories and poems.
Giant puppets equal big time excitement. Gustavich said the show is geared toward all ages. “This will be a great family event,” she said. “A partnership with the Hudson Public Library has allowed us to bring this nationally recognized touring production to Dover.”
The Dover Public Library’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Kids Caring for Kids.” The focus of the summer reading program is to get kids into the community, bringing community members to the library to educate children, and showing kids how they can make a, positive impact in their own community.
“Because the production deals with the issue of discrimination, this is an opportunity for us to teach kids about kindness and acceptance,” Gustavich said. “It ties in nicely with our summer reading theme as well as the Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition’s One Book One Community initiative, which features the book “Wonder.” “Wonder” is the story of a boy born with facial differences that previously prevented him from going to a mainstream school. In the story, Auggie Pullman becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade.
Gustavich encourages residents and visitors to arrive early to enjoy refreshments and socialize with other families.
In the event of rain or inclement weather, the performance will be moved to Memorial Hall, located at 410 N. Wooster Ave. in downtown Dover directly across the street from the St. John’s United Church of Christ. Parking is available on the street and the parking lot behind the building.
This event is free and there is no need to register. While seating is available, lawn chairs are also welcome. “Bring your friends,” Gustavich said. “And ask them to bring their friends. This is going to be a great outdoor event.”

Published: June 15, 2017
New Article ID: 2017170619976