World Puppetry Day on for Monday from Times Square to Iowa

 
By Mark Kennedy
AP Drama Writer
Posted3/17/2016 6:00 AM
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  • Puppeteer Veronica J. Kuehn, left, with Lucy from "Avenue Q." Puppet parties are scheduled across the country on Monday to celebrate World Puppetry Day.

    Puppeteer Veronica J. Kuehn, left, with Lucy from "Avenue Q." Puppet parties are scheduled across the country on Monday to celebrate World Puppetry Day. Associated Press, Sam Rudy Media Relations

NEW YORK -- Times Square will get even more crowded on Monday -- and filled with even more fuzzy creatures -- for World Puppetry Day, part of a national celebration for those who give life to animated objects.

Professional and amateur puppeteers and their puppets are invited for the celebration, joined by puppets from other Broadway and off-Broadway shows past and present, including the profane monsters from "Avenue Q." A huge photo will be taken to mark the event.

Puppet parties are scheduled across the country, including at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, a 12-hour puppet building party in Seattle and a performance of "Peter and the Wolf" in West Liberty, Iowa.

World Puppetry Day was first celebrated in 2003 and was begun by Iranian puppeteer Javad Zolfaghari.

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