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  • New puppet show huffs and puffs to Smyrna Opera House

  • The infamous Big Bad Wolf will make his way through some of his famous adventures in Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre's show “It's the Wolf!” at the Smyrna Opera House on Jan. 26.
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  • The infamous Big Bad Wolf will make his way through some of his famous adventures in Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre's show "It's the Wolf!" at the Smyrna Opera House on Jan. 26.
    A lone wolf
    Some days are bad, while others are big, bad and terribly troublesome. On those particular days, you're really in bad shape if you're a hungry wolf on an empty stomach.
    In "It's the Wolf!," the big baddie will appear in four children's tales: "Three Little Pigs," "Br'er Rabbit & The Wolf," "Red Riding Hood" and "Three Billy Goats Gruff." Will the Wolf make a happy meal out of each character in these tales? And how in the world did he end up in "Three Billy Goats Gruff? These answers will soon be realized in this unforgettable presentation of puppetry.
    Revisiting 'Three Billy Goats Gruff' and 'Br'er Rabbit'
    While "Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a classic story, it may be one that not everyone recalls. For those who don't know, or need a refresher, the tale is about three male goats in need of grass to eat. Since there's no grass near them, the goats decide to cross a bridge leading to a meadow full of delicious grass. However, a hungry troll lives under the bridge. The first two goats, which are smaller than the third, trick the troll into not eating them. And when the third goat arrives on the bridge, it's so large that its horns throw the troll into the water.
    Meanwhile, "Br'er Rabbit & the Wolf" is based on the classic trickster rabbit Br'er, which is known for using its smarts to outwit authority figures and foes.
    Puppet masters
    Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre features husband-and-wife puppeteers Tom and Marianne Tucker, of Abington, Pa. The Tuckers have performed at puppet, folk, ethnic and street festivals, and at craft fairs, shopping centers, theaters and schools around the country.
    Audiences from small children to senior citizens have enjoyed the variety of styles skillfully displayed in their interesting programs, which often include music. Tuckers' Tales was founded in 1981.
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT "It's the Wolf!" puppet show
    WHEN 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
    WHERE Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South St., Smyrna
    COST $8 adults and kids; $25 family four-pack (must include two kids and two adults)
    INFO smyrnaoperahouse.org or 653-4236

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