by Robert Bell
If there is such a thing as puppetry royalty, Heather Henson would certainly qualify. Though puppetry has been around for millennia, Henson's father Jim Henson has had an incalculable influence on the art form. "The Muppets," "Sesame Street," "Fraggle Rock," "The Dark Crystal," "Labyrinth" and his other works were, without question, massive touchstones of 20th century American popular culture.
The youngest of five, Heather Henson is a puppeteer, artist and co-producer of Handmade Puppet Dreams, a series of films showcasing the work of an emerging generation of puppeteers. She'll be screening four volumes of films, all of which run for 75-90 minutes and include five or six short pieces. Though certainly suitable for children, the films are aimed at an adult audience.
On Sept. 17, Henson will screen Handmade Puppet Dreams Children's Program at the Faulkner County Library at 11:30 a.m. This should be awesome.