Mar 26, 2022
Mar 27, 2022

La MaMa Kids: The Great Zodiac Animal Race

Performed by Tom Lee

Music by Tatsu Aoki, Jamie Kempkers and Rami Atassi

Puppets designed by Chicago Puppet Studio: Jaerin Son, KT Shivak and Mark Blashford

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Growing up in Hawai'i, Tom Lee's memories of Lunar New Year included narcissus blooms, tasty dim sum dishes and bowing to your elders before running off to your room to open your lucky red envelope with money in it! This charming shadow puppet show retells the classic Lunar New Year zodiac tale with animals inspired by Asian languages and pictograms.

Suitable for ages 5+

Tom Lee is a director, designer, and puppet artist based in Chicago and New York. He appeared on Broadway in War Horse, at the Metropolitan Opera in Madama Butterfly, and most recently in The Queen of Spades at Lyric Opera Chicago. His own work includes Shank's Mare (recently on tour in Paris), Tomte (Gnome) presented by La MaMa Kids last fall, and place(no)place at the Pesta Boneka Festival in Indonesia. Tom is co-director of Chicago Puppet Studio and teaches nationally and internationally. He began his career at La MaMa Experimental Theatre.

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La MaMa Kids Online presents kids performances and hands-on workshops online, timed especially for “after school” viewing! La MaMa will continue to use emerging technologies to create a new venue for artistic expression that questions how art can function and how we as a society can survive challenging periods of history.

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