Monday, November 26, 2012

The Longest Night: Paperhand Puppet Show at Morehead Planetarium

C and I had such a good time at the last Morehead Planetarium show we attended and we also had a great time at the summer Paperhand Puppet Intervention Show.  Imagine my excitement when the two combined for a highly anticipated program at Morehead's theatre!
The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale opened at the Planetarium early November and is scheduled to run through the end of February.  However, it only shows on Saturdays at 11:30 am and Sundays at 2:30 pm and it's a popular place to be.  The show we attended sold out, so make sure you get there early if you want to go.

I had done a lot of research on this show before attending to try to discover the age-appropriateness.  I was told everything from 3 & up, to 7 & up, to any and all ages.  When I arrived at the Planetarium to get tickets all ages were certainly in attendance.

Yet my advice is to be aware that this program really is not for every child.  Given the mystical quality of the puppets themselves, the fabulous use of the dome that can cause vertigo in some children, as well as the haunting music, you really do want to make sure that this is the right fit for your kid.  Some children are not intimidated by movies, some children are very sensitive.  If you have a sensitive child it may not be good for your family.  Within 5 minutes in to the program at least 3 children (mine included) were outside in the lobby in tears; while other kids as young as 3 thoroughly enjoyed and had no issues.  Just know your child and know that this can be an intense experience.  However, if your children are interested and are seasoned movie-goers I encourage you to attend.

As always with Paperhand Puppets, this was gorgeous.  Art.  Just art.  I am so pleased that Morehead teamed up with a truly local treasure to create something unique and beautiful.  At the end of the program the emcee of the dome leads a discussion with the audience as to what creates the longest night of the year.

You can see a little YouTube clip promoting the show at the Planetarium's website (see link below).

The Longest Night will leave Morehead on February 24th.  The cost is $7.25 for an adult and $6 for a child.  The movie lasts 45 minutes with discussion held afterwards.

Morehead Planetarium & Paperhand Puppet Intervention present
The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale
http://www.moreheadplanetarium.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page&filename=TLN.html
Morehead Planetarium
250 East Franklin
Chapel Hill
919-962-1236

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