Acrobatics and Puppetry Take the Stage as Midway Comes to Life
By Shani Carrington ’18
On Thursday, April 7, Arcadia’s theater performers will step aside as puppets take center stage in Midway, the puppet show for adults written by Arcadia instructor and costume shop manager Alisa Kleckner. The show runs at the MainStage Theater through April 17.
Midway follows the unlikely budding romance between a mute aerialist who is afraid to touch the ground and a sassy lady who can’t leave it. Unable to physically reach each other, the two need a little help from a few friends to make their unlikely love work.
“It is a truly theatrical experience,” said Kleckner. “[It] challenges the audience to embrace their inner child while contemplating what it means to love the seemingly unattainable.”
Student apprentices Arianna Kendra ’17 and Rose Fahringer ’19 have written about their behind-the-scenes work in their blog, The Making of Midway. From learning animation to laser cutting pennies to making fake donuts look edible, the pair give an in-depth look at the dedication that went into making Midway a work of art.
- Arcadia Students with ID: Free
- General Admission: $15
- Arcadia Alumni, Seniors (65 and up), and Children (12 and under): $10
- Non-Arcadia Students with ID: $5
- April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16: 8 p.m.–11 p.m.
- April 9, 10, 16, and 17: 2 p.m.–4 p.m.