The Morningtime of Now

“The Morningtime of Now”

a world premiere puppet play – with music – based on the diaries of Opal Whiteley


Five Opals OutsideDATES: Evenings: Thursday-Sunday, May 22-25 @ 8pm and Matinees: Sunday & Monday, May 25-26 @ 2pm

WHERE: Charles Brown Ice House
56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem, PA

TICKETS: $16 Adult / $11 Child

In 1920, America was enthralled by the nature writings of a precocious six-year-old girl. Her name was Opal Whitely. Nearly 100 years later, her stories take us to a transformative place: The Blue Hills.

“The Morning Time of Now” is an original play combining puppetry, spoken word stories, and songs, written by Anne Hills, Kayla Prestel and Doug Royston, for adults and children alike. Drawing on passages from the journal, and Anne’s own tales, our journey is guided by Michael Smith‘s original musical settings for Opal’s words, performed by Anne Hills and Jay Ansill, with more than 30 puppets created by Mock Turtle Marionette Theater that transport you into Opal’s world.

“Now I sit here and I print. The wind comes creeping in under the door. It calls to me to come go exploring. It sings of the things that are to be found under leaves. It whispers the dreams of the tall fir tress. I hear all the voices calling me. I listen.”
– Opal Whitely

Here’s a video Anne put together for the song “William Shakespeare” that includes archival photos
of Opal and her diary interspersed with rehearsals with the puppets. They’re quite extraordinary!

For more information: call 610-867-8208 or email
Or you can purchase tickets securely through the “BOX OFFICE” by clicking on the link.