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SparkleBlob?s 7th Annual Holiday Puppet Show December 11-21, 2014

SparkleBlob Holiday Show Poster 2014, 1.2

Jingle-Belling on the Outskirts of Greatness?is a Los Angeles Puppet Musical Spectacular for All Ages

LOS ANGELES, CA?Nov. 26, 2014?SparkleBlob announced today their 7th annual Holiday Puppet Show?Jingle-Belling on the Outskirts of Greatness?will run Thursday, December 11 ? Sunday, December 21, 2014 in Chinatown at Automata, 504 Chung King Court, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

An annual holiday tradition for hundreds of Angelenos and their families for seven years, this year?s show introduces audiences to exciting new and returning handmade puppet characters, beautiful sets, and a laugh-out-loud script by Julianna Parr and Shannon Gallagher. The experience is made complete with musical numbers by a live band, The DingleBell Hollies.

Time Out LA wrote??Part social satire, part pure silliness, this show might be the perfect outing for a mixed-ages group,? and KCRW said “the event carries social and political satire, delivered with heaping spoonfuls of sugar.”

Jingle-Belling on the Outskirts of Greatness?chronicles a hilarious holiday puppet excursion that will warm the heart. Experience simultaneous triumph and terror with Silver Lake’s Most Well-Adjusted Family as they attempt to celebrate the holidays in the recreational haven known as PigBear National Forest. While everyone is doing their best to be of good cheer, there lurks a strange and foreboding presence just beyond the pine trees that is putting a damper on everyone’s chestnuts roasting on an open fire. It’s nothing a bit of interpersonal skills and cookies can’t handle…we hope.

Directed by SparkleBlob founder Julianna Parr, this annual holiday puppet show is proof that puppets aren?t just for kids but for everyone. Children and adults of all ages delight in the show?s witty humor, satire, and sparkly action. Presented together with Chinatown?s premiere storefront performance space, Automata, the show includes before and after Chinatown sightseeing rides on the famed ‘trike’ plus delicious pre and after show treats and libations. Many of Los Angeles?s best known puppeteers and performers will be on stage – including Shannon Dedman, Rosalind Helfand, Monica Howe, Julianna Parr, Linda Santiman, Andrew Oropeza and Scott Russell Cheek. The DingleBell Hollies rock out this year with musicians Jason Myers, Coral Lobera, Joshua Fielstra, and Eric Potter.


SparkleBlob is a Los Angeles nonprofit arts and performance collective that serves and educates the community and creates new art makers and arts leaders by shaping culture, teaching people to connect, opening eyes to different experiences, and creating conversations. SparkleBlob memberships are available through our website.??SparkleBlob has collaborated with Fallen Fruit, The Skirball Cultural Center, The Armand Hammer Museum, The Craft and Folk Art Museu, The Bicycle Kitchen, LACBC and Automata.


Co-writer / director Julianna Parr is the Executive Director of SparkleBlob, and has been an instrumental figure in the Los Angeles art scene as a craft-maker, puppeteer, media artist, and community organizer. SparkleBlob?s programs that Parr has organized include an annual holiday puppet show, the online Halloween art site Gothtober (featuring commissioned time-released artist works presented every day in October every year), and CraftNight at Abkar, a local weekly institution for the creative craft making community.


Automata is a non-profit organization located in an intimate Chinatown storefront that is dedicated to the creation, incubation, and presentation of experimental puppet theater, experimental film, and other contemporary art practices centered on ideas of artifice and performing objects. Automata stands at the fulcrum points between objects and performance, artifacts and ephemera, magic and mechanics, artifice and interface. Automata was founded in 2004 by artists Susan Simpson and Janie Geiser.

WHAT:?SparkleBlob?s 7th Annual Holiday Puppet Show: Jingle-Belling on the Outskirts of Greatness

DATES:?Thursday, December 11-Sunday, December 14 & Thursday, December 18-Sunday, December 21, 2014.


PLACE:?Automata, 504 Chung King Court, Los Angeles, CA 90012

TICKETS:?$20, General; $15, Students/SparkleBlob Members/Automata Members; Free, 3 & Under

INFORMATION & TICKETS:?www.sparkleblob.org

Jingle Belling 5.  Photo by Rosalind Helfand

Director Julianna Parr.

Director Julianna Parr.