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Puppet theater group performs ‘The Very Quiet Cricket’ at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Amy Benedetto guides a firefly during a Dress Rehearsal Saturday at the Eric Carle museum for the performance of "The Very Lonely Firefly."
JOSH KUCKENS

Amy Benedetto guides a firefly during a Dress Rehearsal Saturday at the Eric Carle museum for the performance of "The Very Lonely Firefly." JOSH KUCKENS Purchase photo reprints »

Picture Book Theatre opens its seventh season Sturday at 2 p.m. with the premiere of a puppet-show performance of “The Very Quiet Cricket” at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst.

Director Therese Brady Donohue created the stick-puppet show which is based on the story by Eric Carle about the efforts of a baby cricket to rub its wings together to make a sound.

Donohue created four puppets to follow the growth of the baby cricket, as well as 15 other insect puppets. The puppeteers are Bev Boykan, Rachel Hankinson, Margaret Arsenault, Frances Caporello, Joan Hanson and Karin Wilburn.

The 12-minute show features music by Karen A. Tarlow and a recorded narration by children’s book author Norton Juster and local singer Matthew Röehrig.

Also on the program: “The Very Lonely Firefly,” also adapted by Donohue, with a recorded narration by local actor Walter Carroll and music by Tarlow. The production features dancers from Amherst Ballet who appear onstage with life-size puppets. They are Amy Benedetto, Rachel Oram-Brown, Robin Andresen, Fiona Metcalf, Karen Benedetto, Anna Stanforth, Isabela Gomez, Madeline Poole, Toler Poole and Maya Sessions. The 15-minute performance incorporates slides and props that light up as the Lonely Firefly tries to find other fireflies.

Performances continue Nov. 17, 23 and 24 at 2 and 3 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at the museum admissions desk or by calling 658-1126. The museum is located at 125 West Bay Road. The show is suitable for all ages.

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