Hudson Valley Puppeteer kicks off The CENTER’s Summer Family Series; puppets, live theater and magic on schedule

 Town of Newburgh puppeteer David Manley returns to The Center For Performing Arts at Rhinebeck with his company, Up in Arms, and a new version of Monster Intelligence, on July 11 at 11:00 a.m. Manley collaborated on Monster Intelligence with New Jersey educator and writer Alex Ishkanian, along with music arranger Scott Test, and theatrical talent including Joyce A. Presutti, Ed Romanoff, Scott Test, Todd Thomas and John Marro. Brand new sets by Rhinebeck’s own Broadway set designer Richard Prouse and two new Up In Arms puppets will be featured in the July 11 performance.

Photo: David Manley, and his puppets return to The Center on July 11.

Photo: David Manley, and his puppets return to The Center on July 11.

Babette Fasolino, The Center’s Education Director, notes that the theater’s family audience is looking forward to Up In Arms’ return engagement.

“Our audiences rave about David’s shows, as they delivers a powerful message in a delightful, entertaining way. It’s rewarding to be presenting such a wonderful production and supporting local Hudson Valley artists at the same time,” she added.


The Center’s Saturday Family Series is presented with support from Stewart’s Shops and the M & T Charitable Foundation, and runs from July 11th through Labor Day Weekend.  A full schedule follows below:



The CENTER’s Saturday Morning Family Series – Summer 2015

All performances begin at 11:00 a.m. and are approximately 50 minutes in length.

Tickets may be reserved online, in advance or sold at the door one hour prior to the show

$7 for children, $9 for adults

For tickets, call the Box Office at (845) 876-3080 or order tickets online at


July 11

Back by popular demand! A magical, musical puppet show featuring a color cast of monsterful characters! Melvin the monster is another year older but still not old enough for his license to scream. His birthday wish changes that and the Division for Monster Screams grants his wish on the condition of passing his test. Learning this new information can be difficult for Melvin and he sets off on a quest to learn with his friend Red the Rat by his side. Along the way, Melvin meets a cast of friendly, colorful monsters. Original songs from a Green Day-style rocker, to classical, jazz, pop, and Broadway standards, makes this a journey never to forget!


July 18

ROBIN HOOD with Hampstead Stage Company

A live theatrical performance based on England’s most famous outlaw, who robbed from the rich to give to the poor. Interactive show, where audience members become part of the performance!


July 25 and August 1

SHREK, Jr. with Kids on Stage

Meet the lovable green ogre, Shrek along with a wise-cracking donkey, the gentle Princess Fiona, a band of banished fairytale misfits, and the devious Lord Farquaad. Will Shrek rescue Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded tower? Find out in this lovable musical performed by The CENTER’s Kids on Stage Performance group, directed by Diana di Grandi.


August 8 and 15

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS with Kids on Stage

If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and The Pea,’ you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night. This rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for melodic songs and sidesplitting shenanigans. Performed by The CENTER’s Kids on Stage Performance group, directed by Lisa Lynds.


August 29
DR. MARMALADE puppet show

Dr. Marmalade travels the world helping puppet animals who then become her friends and assistants. She introduces the children to many puppet friends: a gorilla with a belly ache, a singing dinosaur, a snake that wants to be a kitty, a giraffe, crow, rabbit and many others. Her “Emerge-And-See Wagon” will surprise and delight all ages!


September 5


Audience members will be amazed by their own feats of prestidigitation, through transmittal, transposition, and mind over matter! Magician Andy Weintraub leads this show that’s fun for the whole family.