Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday Morning in Williamsburg: CityParks Foundation Puppet Mobile presents "Bessie's Big Shot" at McCarren Park

Cowabunga! This morning lots of little kids enjoyed a terrific performance of "Bessie's Big Shot" put on by the CityParks Foundation Puppet Mobile in McCarren Park.

Unlike the previous great puppet shows put on by the group (like "Sleeping Beauty" last summer), "Bessie's Big Shot"

is an original story and production rather than one taken from Central Park's Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
And it's a great story of Bessie, a New York City cow who, though working a series of unsatisfying jobs (like serving lattes), has always had the dream of being a part of the circus.

With the circus coming to Brooklyn, Bessie the cow tries out for a role in the greatest show on earth.

Can Bessie lift tremendous weights like Ziegfried the strongest man on earth? Work with a monkey? Gracefully glide on the trapeze? Balance herself on a high wire?

Through funny trials and tribulations, she finally achieves her dream.

At McCarren Park, it drew a big crowd, some very young,

who seemed delighted by the skillful and entertaining show done by the expert puppet masters.

"Bessie's Big Shot" will stay in the neighborhood for another two days: tomorrow morning it will be in Cooper Park, the next day in McGolrick Park, and it will playing in parks and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs all summer.

We know some little people who would be grateful if you took them.

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