By Mark Ambrogi
Peggy Melchior Pearson is convinced the Indiana State Museum is the perfect home for Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio.
“We have exposure to many more families and increased seating capacity,” Pearson said. “Also, families that come can combine it with visiting and experiencing all the things the Indiana State Museum has to offer. It’s great to be within the White River State Park area.”
The Valentine’s Cabaret, the studio’s fourth program in the museum, will be held Feb. 10 to 14 at the museum, 50 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Pearson and Peewinkle’s partner Debbi White will be the puppeteers.
Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio moved from its former location to 25 E. Henry St., Indianapolis, to the museum in September 2016.
The shows are 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10; 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.Feb.11; 1 p.m. Feb. 12; and 9:30 and 11 a.m. Feb. 13-14.
Pearson said the Valentine’s show is primarily for ages 2 to 10. Children ages 2 and under are admitted free.
Tickets are $13 and include a treat. There is a workshop following the show, which costs $3.
For tickets, visit peewinklepuppets.org or call 317-232-1637.
Chinese New Year
Peewinkle’s will also celebrate its new location and partnership with the ISM with a Chinese New Year’s Celebration and Family Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 26.
“We’re going to have a big Chinese parade and food,” Pearson said. “We’ll have workshops with shadow puppets.”
Several Indianapolis Chinese organizations will join in the celebration, including Indianapolis Chinese Performing Arts, Indianapolis Chinese Community Inc., America China Society of Indiana and the Confucius Society.
The event also will celebrate the puppet studio’s 20th year.
Pearson said the event is designed to raise funds to restore the studio’s puppet inventory.
Tickets are $10 for children and $25 for adults. Sponsorships are available with more information on the website.