Marvelous Metamorphoses by Sova Dance & Puppet Theater

  • June 29, 2024 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Christian Herter Park Amphitheater

    1175 Soldiers Field Road
    Boston, Massachusetts 02134
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Puppet Showplace Theater and the Friends of Herter Park are delighted to present
Marvelous Metamorphoses by Sova Dance & Puppet Theater.

This year, Puppet Showplace's Summer Outdoor Series is coming to your neighborhood! In partnership with the Friends of Herter Park at the Herter Park Amphitheater, join us for puppetry magic for young audiences and their grown-ups.


About the Show

Birds, butterflies, frogs, snakes, and more: come celebrate the beautiful — and bizarre! — life cycle transformations that happen every day on our planet. Audience members will wiggle like caterpillars and bloom like flowers to help polliwogs become frogs and butterflies hatch out of chrysalises. You might even go through your own metamorphosis as we sing and dance our way through this joyful show!


All ages welcome, especially enjoyed by ages 3-9
Mixed puppetry styles: rod puppets, hand puppets, and masks, plus original music.
Language: English
From Connecticut!

Original music by Cynthia Quintanal, with Rick Quintanal and Paul Opalach.

About the Artists

Sova Dance & Puppet Theater celebrates humanity and the environment by engaging audiences through live performance, communicating that which cannot be described in words, and making art accessible to communities around the globe. Marvelous Metamorphoses premiered at Madison Square Park in 2019 at Kids Fest and has since been presented at numerous venues, including at La Mama Kids!, Battery Park NYC, Wolf Trap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Greenwich Audubon, Fairfield Audubon, Puppets in Paradise in Vermont, and Carriage Barn Arts Center. The show has also been performed at public schools and private events, including neighborhood backyards.


Adelka Polak (founder and artistic director) has performed with Henson Creature Shop puppets in Ibex Puppetry’s Ajijaak on Turtle Island as Queen of the Blue Crabs, along with the notable deer and bison puppets.  She has provided hundreds of workshops for local schools helping children make puppets for learning about environmental science and art at the earliest stages.  She has workshops available to accompany every show, so that audience members can engage more fully with the content and artistry included.  


Justin Perlman (co-artistic director) is a sculptor and fine artist living in Bethlehem, CT. The pursuit of various artistic processes has taken Justin on diverse roads as exemplified in his work, which exists in private and public collections around the globe. From studies in anthropology at Hampshire College he journeyed to focus on sculpture at the Art Students League of NY. From there he moved to Pietrasanta, Italy so that he may work with master sculptors and artisans of marble carving. Seeking deeper knowledge in sculptural processes, Justin returned to the USA as an apprentice and master chaser at a bronze foundry where he trained in all facets of fine art bronze casting. In 2004, Justin moved to Connecticut where he continues to create works of art for exhibition, as well as private and public commissions. Justin is also teaching sculpture and bronze casting at the Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan, CT.


Lifelong musicians Cynthia and Rick Quintanal bring their passion and expertise to the idea of inquiry into intentional sound. Rick has toured performing with The Don Ellis Orchestra, Kenny Rankin and Jorge Santana’s Malo. Part of the recording scene of LA and San Francisco, now plays with multiple New York Metro area groups in a range of genres. A lifelong singer and performer, Cynthia has performed in a range of settings from concert venue to the spiritual. She is currently with Crystal Cymbalogy and working in New York City theater. She has kept a vibrant healing practice in Connecticut for well over 20 years, combining Sound, energy work, Craniosacral and other forms of body work.



Sun, Jun 30, 2024 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Date & Time

Sat, Jun 29, 2024 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Venue Details

Christian Herter Park Amphitheater

1175 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, Massachusetts 02134 Christian Herter Park Amphitheater
Puppet Showplace Theater

Puppet Showplace Theater is New England’s center for puppetry arts. Each year, we present over 300 performances by professional puppet companies to audiences of all ages at our intimate Brookline Village theater. Our touring productions reach thousands more at schools, libraries, theaters, and cultural centers throughout the Northeast region and beyond.

We offer workshops, classes, summer programs, and training opportunities to both children and adults, and we partner with local and emerging artists to develop new and innovative puppetry productions.

After decades in operation, our theater has become a treasured cultural institution. Puppet Showplace is run by an experienced staff and volunteer board of trustees.  We are supported by contributions from individual donors, local businesses, and foundation and government grants. From children’s birthday party performances to provocative Puppets at Night shows, our programming is designed to reach a large and diverse audience of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

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