Bemus Point Library To Host Omnipresent Puppet Theater On Thursday

BEMUS POINT – Parents will get the chance to enjoy an old-fashioned puppet show with their children this week at the Bemus Point Library.

The library will host the Omnipresent Puppet Theater on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The theater will present “Gumshoe McMonocle and the Strange Case of Rumpel-something.”

The show is family-friendly and is based upon the story of Rumpelstiltskin, but set in a 1940s era. The husband and wife team of Don and Kamala Kruszka have been performing for schools, libraries and community events since 2003.

Kathleen McCarthy, Bemus Point Library director, believes it is important to bring programming such as the Omnipresent Puppet Theater to the library to provide residents with entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

“(The Omnipresent Puppet Theater) is present at quite a few of the libraries in the area, and they’re a professional puppet theater company,” McCarthy said. “In general, we’re trying to increase the number of kids and families that come into the library, both summer visitors and year-round residents. I don’t think kids get to see puppet shows very often, either. Das Puppenspiel used to perform for children in the area, but they’re not around anymore, so this is a good opportunity for families to enjoy a show that just isn’t very accessible anymore.”

Omnipresent Puppet Theater is operated by the Kruszkas. As head puppeteer, Don brings 20 years of professional experience to his work of writing the scripts, building the puppets, and performing the shows. Kamala, who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre education from Arizona State University, prepares outreach and study materials.

Omnipresent was founded in 2003 in Phoenix, and has gained a reputation for excellence in family and school entertainment.

The production is appropriate for children ages 5 and older, and runs approximately 45 minutes. The show is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Bemus Point Library at 386-2274.