MASON CITY — The MacNider Museum’s fall puppet shows will be Thursday, Nov. 10, featuring Monica Leo of Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater and guest puppeteer Eli Portugal from Mexico.
The shows are free and open to the public due to a grant from the Bertha Stebens Charitable Fund.
The show, “Stories and Cuentos,” was developed as a joint venture between the two puppet troupes.
Developed and performed by Portugal, co-founder of Mojiganga Arte Escenico, and Leo, it includes two classic Mexican animal tales.
“The Rabbit in the Moon,” a well-known myth, gives a whimsical explanation for the shadows that are seen in the moon while delighting audiences with the age-old battle of wits between rabbit and coyote.
“The Musical Ant,” a lesser-known tale, follows Hormiguita (little ant) as he learns to play the piano and brings peace to his ant colony through music.
The production uses hand puppets, rod puppets, masked characters and music, and incorporates both Spanish and English.
Schools are encouraged to bring students to the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. showing. Bus subsidies are available through the 3M Corp. to assist with transportation expenses. Groups of 10 or more, such as home school groups, day cares and schools, can call the museum at 641-421-3666 to reserve a place. Space is limited.
In the evening, a 6 p.m. showing is open to the public. The doors open at 5:30 and seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.
The museum, located at 303 Second St. S.E., is free and open to the public. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
More information about exhibits, programs and events can be found at www.macniderart.org or the museum’s Facebook page, or by calling 641-421-3666.