Pigs Fly Over Anne Arundel County Libraries

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Originally appeared June 25, 2012 on the Severna Park Patch

Article & Photo Credits: Anna Staver, Annapolis Patch

About 40 children and their parents came out to Annapolis Area Library Monday afternoon to "travel" around the world with Chester, Buster and Suzy Pig.

The 45-minute show, called "If Pigs Could Fly," is put on by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre.

The puppet company kicked off its summer Dream Big, Read tour in Annapolis and will travel around Anne Arundel County libraries. Their inaugural performance was June 25th at the Annapolis Area Library.

Annapolis Area Librarian Cameron Caswell said the puppet theatre’s performance attracted more than 100 people.

"We ended up having to turn people away," Caswell said. "The Blue Sky Puppet Theatre is very popular. It has its own following."

Caswell described the show as being silly.

"There were funny noises coming out of our meeting room that morning, which turned the heads of people in the library," Caswell said.

Puppeteer Steve Hildebrandt said the idea for "If Pigs Could Fly" came from a show they did last year at Washington, DC, area libraries.

The show features three little pigs and their librarian Mrs. Picklebottom. The pigs use four different kinds of puppets to tell stories from Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East to Mrs. Picklebottom's pre-school class.

Blue Sky Puppet Theatre modified the production to fit the Dream Big, Read theme with a custom song that got stuck in this editor's head for several hours after the show ended.

The pigs will be back in Annapolis July 25 at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Branch Library for performances at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

For a complete list of area libraries the pigs will visit this summer click here.

Photo caption: Mrs. Picklebottom and Buster pose for a photo after their performance at the Annapolis Area Library.