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MOUNTAIN MARIONETTES In A Nutcracker Mood Fri Nov 28 2014 at 2:00pm

Tickets: $8

Don't get caught up in the crowds at the mall on Black Friday!

Join the Asheville Puppetry Alliance and Mountain Marionettes for a wonderful seasonal treat......IN A NUTCRACKER MOOD

Mountain Marionettes’ holiday production brings you many of your favorite holiday songs such as Spike Jones’ “All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth”, and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” performed by beautifully crafted marionettes. 
The trick marionettes, always an integral part of Mountain Marionettes’ productions, perform to a very special rendition of The Nutcracker by the incomparable Glenn Miller Orchestra. 

Susan VandeWeghe began her puppetry career about twenty years ago as a puppeteer with AniMart Puppet Theater in Chicago. Later, she teamed up with Dave Herzog toured throughout the Chicagoland Area for 8 years. They performed an average of 350 shows per year for preschools, elementary schools, libraries and family events such as Arlington International Racecourse’s Family Days and Navy Pier in downtown Chicago.

In September of 1999, Ms VandeWeghe moved to Cedar Mountain, North Carolina. She established her own company, Mountain Marionettes and has been touring throughout North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Virginia.

Mountain Marionettes is a full time professional puppet company specializing in the Art of the Marionette and entertainment for the entire family. Ms VandeWeghe performs with short strung, trick marionettes in a Cabaret style variety show. Each marionette is designed, engineered and handcrafted by hand in her workshop


Asheville Puppetry Alliance was founded to bring puppetry in all its forms to Western North Carolina. The organization emerged when several nationally known puppeteers settled in this area. APA was established to celebrate puppetry, an art form that is ancient, contemporary, ever evolving and enjoyed by all ages in all cultures. We promote puppetry by educating our public about the origins and development of the art form and introducing them to a variety of puppet styles. We also act as an umbrella organization for artists in Western North Carolina and beyond, to produce new works.

Since receiving our non-profit status in 1998 we have produced shows for both adult and children's audiences. In our first ten years we produced nine seasons of our Young Audience Series, held at the Diana Wortham theater in downtown Asheville, NC. The 2008-2009 season marked our tenth anniversary of providing quality educational programs and family entertainment for Western North Carolina.

The Alliance has hosted two major festivals for Puppeteers of America. The first, Puppets On the Ridge in 2004, was a regional festival for the Southeastern states. In 2006 we hosted Supersonic, the tri-regional festival, for the entire East coast of America. Other events include sponsoring Debra Brown, the choreographer for Cirque du Soliel, to lead a community based workshop on Creativity, and co-sponsoring Pamella O'Connor's Anatomy of Melancholy,an adult puppet performance.