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The music of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, the artistry of the Thistle Theatre puppeteers comes to Meany Hall
The music of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, the artistry of the Thistle Theatre puppeteers comes to Meany Hall
Frog Lake

Sunday, April 2, 3:00 pm

Meany Hall. Tickets/Info.:


What's green, proves that swans are for the birds, and promises a hopping good time for the whole family? It can only be the world premiere of Frog Lake, a delightfully amphibious assault on Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet by the Seattle Philharmonic and Thistle Theatre at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, at Meany Hall on the UW campus.

This "Ballet de Pond" will be brought to life by the artistry of Thistle Theatre, a professional puppet troupe that specializes in the ancient Japanese art of Bunraku. Puppeteers perform in full view, dressed in black and operating the characters with rods. The orchestra will perform an adaptation of Tchaikovsky's immortal score by SPO Music Director Adam Stern.

Thistle and the SPO collaborated two years ago to create a highly successful adaptation of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. That production played to two sold-out houses at Meany Hall.

With its many levels of imagination, surprise and splendor, Frog Lake is recommended for everyone from tadpoles to bullfrogs. The production is funded in part by the Jim Henson Foundation and 4Culture of King County.

With kids in mind, the event will also feature a demonstration of the traditional art of instrument building by Henry Bischofberger Violins. Along with the displays, kids will have the chance to try their hands at playing some of the stringed instruments of the orchestra.

Also on the bill will be a display of the permanent collection of the Seattle Sanctuary Arts Center, a joint project of University Lutheran Church and Christ Episcopal Church in response to the needs of homeless youth. The center provides classes in ceramic, paint, stained glass, collage, poetry and jewelry making. Sanctuary Arts Center is a site for the Seattle School District's Interagency School, and a member of the University District Youth Alliance.

Concert tickets cost $18 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and $50 for a family of four (two adults, two children, $5 per additional child). Sunday parking at Meany Hall is free. Tickets are available through the SPO InfoLine, (206) 526-6878; through Ticketmaster, (206) 628-0888; or at the door. More information is available on the SPO Web site at

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