By Terry Lawhead
The Times 

Shadow theater in Waitsburg


January 13, 2022

Naomi Long

Longtime Weller Library patrons, the Long family makes good use of a shadow puppet kit recently donated to the library by Carnegie Picture Lab. There are still plenty available at the library so drop by to pick one up.

Children and adults of Waitsburg can enjoy the magic of shadow play, a type of theatrical entertainment performed with flat handmade puppets, thanks to the Carnegie Picture Lab of Walla Walla. Shadow puppet kits have been provided to the Weller Library at no cost and residents can pick them up during regular library hours. There is a limited number of kits and families are encouraged to come by.

Shadow play originated in central and southeast Asia thousands of years ago and has been a distinguished and popular art form and entertainment in Europe and America for hundreds of years. Flat images can be easily created out of simple materials provided in the kits and can be shown as stories to viewers by children and adults moving them into positions between a bright light and a translucent screen.  

The Carnegie Picture Lab, based in Walla Walla is dedicated to growing and maintaining strong partnerships between school districts, educators, parents, artists, volunteers and the community. The board and staff bring leadership to this process with the goals of presenting a robust arts education curriculum in schools, expanding opportunities for after-school and summer programming, and increasing impact through additional community-based art experiences.

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