Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre has found a new home at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.
Not so common anymore, Goat on a Boat is one of only 50 puppet houses left in the U.S. Since 2001, the nonprofit organization has been dedicated to introducing young children and family theater-goers to an appreciation of theater and the creative arts.
The new partnership struck with Bay Street allows the puppet theater to expand its influence in ways they were limited before.
Founder of Goat on a Boat Liz Joyce said, “We are looking forward to our evolution as we form our partnership with Bay Street Theater. Not only can we offer our programming to a larger, widespread audience, we can now host shows that are over 9 feet in stage height.”
In acknowledgement of the partnership, a kickoff event is scheduled for Thursday, August 20. Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers, a Maine-based troupe established in 2000, that consists of three siblings—Eric Torbeck, Brian Torbeck and Robin (Torbeck) Erlandsen, will present Everybody Loves Pirates. It is a story that follows the adventure of 8-year-old Lucy and her friend Chucky as they look for buried treasure and encounter a group of bumbling pirates that hinder their search. Along the way, the children are aided by their new ocean-dwelling friends, including an enthusiastic superhero Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick Crabby and an overgrown sea-monkey.
The show will feature 15 hand-crafted mouth and rod puppets and an 8-foot papier-mâché Pirate Ship.
“We’re very thrilled that Goat on a Boat is making its home at Bay Street,” said Bay Street Theater Executive Director Tracy Mitchell. “Liz Joyce is one of the most talented puppeteers in the country and we’re proud to be the home for one of only 50 remaining puppet houses in the United States today.”
The event is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Tickets range from $10 to $12 per seat and can be purchased by visiting https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pesptpm/10015910/1042241.
“We are proud to offer our unique programming with our new partners,” Joyce said. “We look forward to celebrating our fifteenth year and many more to come at our new home at Bay Street Theater.”