Robert Rogers Puppet Company Presents Halloween Show at Genesee Center for the Arts

The Robert Rogers Puppet Company brings its rousingly spooky Halloween celebration, Hobnobbin' Goblins, to Genesee Community College's Stuart Steiner Theatre on October 25 at 2:00 p.m. The show is part of a daylong community celebration featuring family friendly activities beginning with the YWCA's annual "Fall Fest" from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and ending with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra's "Halloween Spook-tacular" at 7:30 p.m.Tickets for "Hobnobbin' Goblins" are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students and senior citizens, and $2.00 for Genesee students with a current ID. Information for Fall Fest can be obtained by calling the YWCA at 343-5808. Tickets for the Genesee Symphony can be reserved by calling 343-9313, ext. 32, or can be purchased locally at Unicorn Audio.Featuring a freestanding metal pipe stage, complete with curtains and scenery, the Robert Rogers Puppet Company - now in its 24th year as a touring repertory puppet theatre - has presented thousands of performances in the United States and Europe. Most recently, the troupe toured Tunisia as part of that country's 15th Annual Festival of Children's Theatre. Indeed, over one million people, from Maine to Miami, from the Republic of China to the Czech Republic, have enjoyed their distinctively imaginative demonstrations of the centuries-old art of puppetry. Founder and Artistic Director Robert Rogers says that "each production is the result of dedication and artistry by a team of professionals. "Hobnobbin Goblins" features marionette puppets and draws on the spooky, but not scary, aspects of Halloween. As the moon rises over a haunted countryside, a cast of ghosts and goblins rise out of the ground and fly out of the sky to do their haunting best. The performance spotlights a cast that includes a witch and a chorus line of brooms, a juggler of jack o' lanterns, a magical wizard, and a disjointed skeleton. "The key," says Rogers, "to making puppets come to life is to give them bold, almost exaggerated movements. They must 'pop' on stage. They must gesture grandly. They must move around as though they're for real." Creating and maintaining the puppets takes "countless hours," according to Rogers, "but the payoff is the reaction of the audience. They clap, they sing, they let out a raucous round of laughter as each new character is introduced."Tickets for the Robert Rogers Puppet Company's "Hobnobbin' Goblins" are on sale now and can be purchased at the Box Office in the Arts Center or by calling 585-345-6814.

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