South Pasadenans Enjoy the Magic of an Old School Puppet Show!

A delightfully quirky puppet show for all ages!

PHOTO: Fernando Diez | The Puppets and Players old world European wagon at South Pasadena Library

There was a large turnout on Wednesday afternoon for the delightful Puppets & Players old-timey wagon and their showcase of The Wizard of Oz. Families with children of all ages gathered in front of the magical wagon in anticipation and were carried away to the land of Oz by the talents of Laurie Branham and her beautiful, funny and even scary puppets.

PHOTO: Fernando Diez | Puppets and Players showcase The Wizard of Oz

The witch was particularly scary which elicited both squeals and laughter from the children in attendance. Others sang along to some of the more familiar songs like “Somewhere over the Rainbow”. The munchkins got lots of laughs and everyone rooted for the intrepid troupe of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and Toto as they fought to defeat the Wicked Witch and return Dorothy to Kansas.

South Pasadenan families braved the heat but luckily the library lawn was mostly shaded by our beautiful tree cover and there was even a light breeze. It was an invitation to step away from our screens and engage with live performers and artists on a beautiful day in our neighborhood. Next up for “Wonderful Wednesdays” will be One World Rhythm, a one-of-a-kind, interactive musical experience taking place in the Library Community Room June 28 at 3pm. Check our article to read all about it.

PHOTO: Fernando Diez | The Wicked Witch!

In connection with the South Pasadena Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program “Reading By Design,” the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and the National Charity League San Marino Chapter present, “Wonderful Wednesdays.” Each Wednesday through August 2nd, a different performer will be showcased in the Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street or on the Library Park lawn.

For more information about other upcoming free library children’s programs, visit the Library website at www.southpasadenaca.gov/library. The Library is located at 1100 Oxley Street and the Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Library hours are Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Monday and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PHOTO: Fernando Diez | South Pasadenan families enjoying the outdoor puppet show on Wednesday
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