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Marionette theater performing at Mariposa Museum, April 12

The premiere performance of the new Phoenix Marionette Theater’s “Aladdin and the Lamp of Dreams” will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. with eight daytime performances to follow.

The director of the Phoenix Marionette Theater, Scott Gardner, who was one of the puppeteers for the New England Marionette Opera, felt that all was lost when it burned to the ground on New Years Day 1999.

Ted Leach, owner of the New England Marionette Opera, had salvaged a small cache of marionettes and allowed his puppeteers to have them. Gardner, with puppeteers Alana Korda, Trisha Hill and Sharon Monahan, agreed that, although the marionettes were unstrung and still soiled with ash, these beautifully crafted characters deserved another chance to perform.

With the support of the Mariposa Museum they have restored the puppets, built a new theater — smaller in scale and portable in design -- and created the Phoenix Marionette Theater.

“Aladdin and the Lamp of Dreams” is about a poor boy and his widowed mother, a greedy uncle, a magic genie, a princess and a king. Aladdin travels from his humble beginnings in the desert to finding a magic lamp in a dark cave, to a grand palace where he rescues the king from his own dungeon, winning the admiration of the princess. What will Aladdin possibly wish for next?

Following the premiere performance on April 12, shows are scheduled for April 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children, $6 for member adults and $3 for member children.

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