Attendees at this year’s New York Comic Con enjoyed a live performance of Ondine: A Queer Fairy Tale, a puppet show presented by Brett Crandall Studios.
After touring Pride and Renaissance festivals throughout Kansas and being featured on the PBS News Hour canvas series, Ondine made her debut in New York City as a panel presentation for Family HQ at their annual fan event.
The one-man puppeteer adaptation, based on the mythology of the Water Fairy, was last performed on Broadway in 1954, with Audrey Hepburn as the famous character in a Tony Award-winning performance, adding a new twist to the classic love story. give an interpretation. This new, poetic style of gender-bending puppetry relies on audience engagement, all-ages comedy, and complete with lessons in emotional intelligence.
Shaw’s puppeteer, playwright, and composer, Brett Crandall, is currently residing at Garden City Community College as part of the West Kansas Children’s Puppet Theatre, providing audiences in rural Kansas with free puppets each month. I am performing a play. This spring season will include Ondine: A Queer Fairy Tale, performed with the GCCC choir, and his latest Crandall production, Ashman, a puppet show about the life of legendary lyricist Howard Ashman. .
Ondine: A Queer Fairy Tale kicks off its Summer 2023 regional tour on Saturday, June 3 in Garden City, Kansas as part of PLAYCHELLA, an all-ages pride festival.
For upcoming tour dates, visit www.BrettCrandalStudios.com/Puppetry.
Photo by Uki Pavlovic