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Puppet Truck Hits the Road with 'Lorraine' Starting February 1

January 27, 2020

Puppet Troupe Brings its Newest Show to 15 Library Locations

There’s a big storm brewing over the hills of Tennessee.

Underneath that gathering maelstrom lives Lorraine, a brave girl who loves making music with her Pa Paw on their farm. With her on the pennywhistle, and him on the French harp, they use music to get through all of life’s challenges. 

But when the twister comes, and their instruments suddenly vanish, Lorraine must find the courage and the music within herself to weather the storm.

Beginning Feb 1, you can enjoy this celebration of music and family as the iconic Puppet Truck takes Lorraine on a tour of Nashville.

Based on the book Lorraine: The Girl Who Sang the Storm Away, the show is the latest adaptation by Wishing Chair Productions, Nashville Public Library’s (NPL) resident puppet troupe. Written by Ketch Secor, of Old Crow Medicine Show fame, and illustrated by Higgins Bond, Lorraine is a modern take on an old Appalachian folk tale.

The script for the show was written by Brian Hull, Wishing Chair’s program manager, while Secor provided the voice-over narration. The soundtrack also features original songs by Secor, including the opening and closing number, “You Make the Stars Over Tennessee Shine.”

While the show premiered at the Main Library last October, Wishing Chair performing artist Morgan Matens is eager for new and returning audience members alike to experience Lorraine in a whole new way.

“With Puppet Truck, we’re able to get a lot closer to the audience, which creates a more intimate experience,” Matens said. “After the show, we’re able to take questions, show them how the puppets work, and demonstrate how we tear down and pack up the stage. It’s an amazing thing we don’t get to do as much during regular performances.”

Fifteen shows will be performed at the library’s branch locations throughout the month. Lorraine is recommended for ages 4 –12, but all are welcome. The show runs for approximately 20 minutes, and admission is free.

Check the library’s events calendar to find a show at your nearest library branch location.

While you wait for Puppet Truck to come to you, don’t miss the chance to read Lorraine for yourself. Follow the banner below to place a hold on your copy today.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Lorraine, be sure to read the blog post by Matens and children's librarian Greg Hall, “The Life of a Puppet.” 

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Ed's a proud member of NPL's Marketing and Communications team. Some of his favorite books include Dracula, Once an EagleNeuromancerStarship TroopersThe Black CompanyBerserkBlade of the ImmortalBlame! and Vampire Hunter D. When not at the Library, you'll find him spending time with his wife and son, doing interval training, reading, or waiting for the next FromSoftware game.