Here’s a “Behind the Scenes” look at the rehearsal of ‘Master Peter’s Puppet Show’ (by Manuel de Falla) at the Pittsburgh Symphony. With Judy Brown of Bob Brown’s Puppets narrating .

Bob Brown Puppets were set up on the right side of the stage. The other two-thirds of the stage was taken up by a chamber orchestra, including harpsichord. Guest conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.

The puppets provided a realization of the story of the rescue of a princess, with large puppets of Don Quixote on horseback, Master Peter and The Boy — who functions as the narrator.

These characters were sung by powerful baritone David Wilson-Johnson as the knight, tenor Peter Bronder as Peter and Awet Andemicael as The Boy. Andemicael was especially effective in creating the sound world of a child.

The critiques I’ve read praised the puppets, stating they conveyed a full rang of vivid details and humor — such as bobbing eyebrows — and delighted, even with the construction of changing scenes in plain view. Very good execution!

Check out the video HERE!

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