Anti-bullying message promoted by prominent puppeteer
5/9/2012 1:10:36 PM by Linda Garrity
Theater Figuren’s renowned artist and puppeteer, Michelle Costas, performed for the children of St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore on Monday, May 7.
The classic story of “Ferdinand,” based on Munro Leaf’s beloved tale, mesmerized students. The production combines puppetry, mime, and music to tell the story of a little bull that would rather sit and smell flowers than fight. Students learn to embrace individuality and choose non-violent alternatives to problem solving.
Principal Cynthia Jacobs says she was thrilled to bring Costas to St. John’s. “Ms. Costas is incredibly talented and our students are being exposed to so many artistic media," she said. "They are seeing both her fine arts skills through her handcrafted puppets and the theatrical and musical talents during the production. It’s incredibly inspiring for the kids.”
Jacobs indicated the assembly was aligned to the school’s anti-bullying curriculum. “We endeavor to foster a community where kids learn within a safe environment," seh said. “'Ferdinand' is yet another means for us to promote the message of tolerance and acceptance. Watching the kids’ smiles was extremely rewarding.”