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Puppetry show of 'Sir George and the Dragon' comes to East Lyme

It was seven years ago that the East Lyme Puppetry Project started presenting professional puppetry shows here.

The organization is kicking off its new season with Pumpernickel Puppets’ production of “Sir George and the Dragon” on Sunday at the East Lyme Community Center.

John McDonough of Worcester founded Pumpernickel Puppets, which has performed at the Smithsonian Institution and the Boston’s Children’s Museum.

McDonough creates all his own puppets, which he shows the audience after each performance.

In “Sir George and the Dragon,” those are large, colorful hand puppets, and the production features live voices and sound effects as well.

In the tale, an intrepid princess heads to Mystery Mountain to visit the Great Green Dragon. Other characters she encounters on this adventure include a silly bat, a clumsy dog and, of course, Sir George and the dragon.

ELPP’s mission is to promote cultural literacy and academy achievement in children and their families through puppetry and to bring more puppet arts to southeast Connecticut.

ELPP’s season will continue with Tanglewood Marionettes’ “Cinderella” on Feb. 23 and Cactus Head Puppeteers’ “The Bremen town Musicians” on June 19.

“Sir George and the Dragon,” 1 p.m. Sunday, East Lyme Community Center, 41 Society Road; $6.



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