“The Morningtime of Now”
a world premiere puppet play – with music – based on the diaries of Opal Whiteley
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