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Tanglewood Marionettes Coming Soon to The Criterion with Two Stellar Shows

Bar Harbor—Nationally touring puppetry theater Tanglewood Marionettes will perform two shows at the 1932 Criterion Theatre this summer; The Dragon King on Saturday, June 30th and Sleeping Beauty on Sunday, July 1st. Both shows will begin at 2 p.m and run just under an hour.

The master puppeteers of Tanglewood Marionettes founded the group in 1993 and have performed nationally, winning awards for their craft. The Dragon King is a classic fable based on Chinese folklore, telling the tale of a wise Grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea to seek the Dragon King, who has forsaken the land above. With colorful sea creatures, an exciting adventure, and all the visual splendor that audiences have come to expect from a Tanglewood Marionettes production, The Dragon King is a heart-warming tale that will thrill young and old alike. Sleeping Beauty portrays the familiar tale of Princess Aurora; whose birthday celebration goes awry when the wicked witch arrives and places a curse on her. In this retelling, a painted story book opens to reveal each scene, and beautifully hand-crafted marionettes are brought to life as the dramatic events unfold.

On Sunday, July 1st at 10 a.m. the company will host a workshop in the fine art of marionette manipulation. Participants will experience firsthand what it is like to work a professional-quality marionette that has been balanced and tuned like a fine instrument. Our master puppeteers will demonstrate some of the tips and tricks they have learned in over thirty years of experience in the field of puppetry. Participants will be provided with marionettes for the duration of the workshop; this class is recommended for ages 8 and up. Limited space; to register contact [email protected] or call 207-288-0829.

There is a $10 admission per-person for each show, or $15 for a two-day pass. This event is general admission with closed balcony. Tickets are on sale now at or by phone at 207-288-0829.

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is Bar Harbor’s non-profit historic performing arts and movie house. For a full schedule of live events, please visit

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