One of my favorite scenes from The Sound of Music is when Maria and the kids stage a puppet show for guests of the Baron. Perhaps that’s why the news of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre celebrating its 100th anniversary caught my eye.
Since 1913, this family owned Theatre has staged productions that include Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the operetta Die Fledermaus, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and yes, even The Sound of Music. During any one production, as many as 90 different marionettes, from an inventory of more than 500, will appear on stage.
The Theatre is celebrating its centennial with a revival of Snow White and the premiere a new production, Alice in Wonderland, slated for Sept. 20.
If you can’t get to Salzburg, the Theatre will be touring the United States Oct. 27-Dec. 15, 2013.