Archive for Thursday, February 18, 1999


February 18, 1999


Theatre Sans Fil will return Sunday to the Lied Center to perform its unique puppet show "The Dream Catchers." The show starts at 2 p.m.

"The Dream Catchers" was written for the company by children's author Henriette Major. The story revolves around Melissa, 10, and Jeffrey, 7, who recall their night dreams. Each child then acts his dream with a character that has been evoked.

The play is based on a study Major conducted with about 500 children ages 6 to 12 years. The characters who appear in the dreams are chosen from those who appear most frequently in children's dreams.

The dramatic treatment leads the audience from the most innocent dream, which depicts a garden, to a frightening one with monsters to a satisfying one where the dreamer flies away.

Theatre Sans Fil, which presented "The Crown of Destiny" in April 1997 at the Lied Center, is a puppet company founded in 1971 that is inspired by Japanese Bunraku theater. The production team is made up of five to 12 puppeteers dressed in black who operate 25 to 75 giant puppets during a show. In addition, two to five off-stage technicians operate from the wings, the ceiling or under the platform.

The show features various special effects, such as black light, fireworks and dry ice, and original music heard in Dolby-Stereo quadraphonics.

Tickets are for sale at the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall Box Office, 864-3982; Student Union Activities Box Office, 864-3477; KU Medical Center Bookstore; and all Ticketmaster outlets, (785) 234-4545 and (816) 931-3330.

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