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One of the puppets in Sarah Nolen’s “The Fairy Tailor,” the opening show in Sandglass Theater’s Winter Sunshine series.

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Sandglass presents The Fairy Tailor

PUTNEY—Sandglass Theater’s Winter Sunshine series kicks off its 12th season of puppet shows with The Fairy Tailor by Sarah Nolen on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Sandglass Theater, followed by a workshop on Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Putney General Store.

Magical beings are known for their great sense of fashion. But who stitches together all of their stories? Meet the Fairy Tailor, hard at work in her enchanted shop. Watch as everyday garments become extraordinary characters, and share stories of bravery, from “Little Red Riding Hood(ie),” to “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

With the audience’s help, the Fairy Tailor summons the courage to take a stand against a giant, crafting a solution that combines cleverness with creativity in a colorful, interactive production for all ages.

Sarah Nolen is a puppeteer and filmmaker originally from Austin, Texas. As Puppet Showplace Theater’s resident artist, she performs regularly for youth and family audiences and teaches puppetry in Boston.

Known nationally for her versatile, witty, and innovative work across multiple puppetry styles, she has appeared in the National Puppet Slam, at Sandglass’ own Puppets in Paradise, and the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival.

Nolen has toured internationally as part of the ensemble for Reverse Cascade, and has performed as principal puppeteer for the immersive multimedia show Pip’s Island in NYC. In Boston, she has worked closely with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

In 2015, she received the Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship in support of her television pilot Treeples, a show geared towards empowering girls, which screened at film festivals across the U.S.

Recommended for all ages 4 and up, tickets are $9. Sandglass is an accessible theater right in the heart of Putney. Reservations highly recommended, contact Sandglass at or 802-387-4051.

Then on Sunday at the Putney General Store, families can make their own Pizza Box Shadow Show in a special community workshop with Nolen. She will guide participants through the simple steps to turn an empty pizza box into a shadow puppet stage, as well as how to tell stories with shadow puppets. The workshop fee is $10. To sign up, contact Sandglass.

Nolen’s visit to Putney is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #496 (Wednesday, February 6, 2019). This story appeared on page B4.

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