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Special to Franklin County Free Press

CHAMBERSBURG – Preschool-aged children, 3 to 5 years old, will learn about dog safety, recycling and bullying during a puppet show April 24.

The show, to be put on at the Chambersburg YMCA by Penn State theatrical arts students, will be presented from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It’s open to the public and free of charge so come one and come all!

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“The puppet show and skits are original and educational,” according to Penn State Mont Alto Assistant Professor of Integrative Arts Nancy Funk.

The young students not only wrote the scripts, but they also made the sock puppets and painted bed sheets as backdrops for the physical puppet theater.

Theater Students Present Puppet Show at Chambersburg YMCA
Penn State Mont Alto theater students (l to r) Natalia Molina (Frederick, Md.), Jordan Foreman (Chambersburg, Pa.), and Blair Noel (Littlestown, Pa.) paint the backdrop for their dog safety puppet show, which will be presented at the Chambersburg YMCA on April 24. (Photo courtesy Penn State Mont Alto)

The show is part of Funk’s Process of Acting class and gives students the opportunity to explore their physical, vocal, and emotional capabilities.

It is also a way for her students to engage in community service.

“This class and the puppet show have greatly encouraged me to help more in my community and I had a ton of fun,” said nursing student Jordan Foreman of Chambersburg.

Alexis Talpas, of Abbottstown, Pa, is the production stage manager.

The puppet show is an amazing opportunity to get involved in the community and build team working skills

Alexis Talpas

“I had so much fun planning the puppet show,” said Blair Noel of Littlestown, Pa, who is studying physical therapy. “I can’t wait until we get to present to the children!”

The show is sponsored by a Penn State General Education Microgrant Award.

For more information, contact Debra Collins, director of public relations and marketing, at or 717-749-6112.

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