If you’re looking for a different option for a Valentine’s Day evening, the Waukee Area Arts Council has a very interesting option. A classical quartet sets the tone for a velvet-draped table-of-two complete with a bottle of red wine, shared dessert, ah there must be romance in the air…and then cue the set-stage for the Valentine’s Day Puppet Massacre. Upgrade on those boring plans, it may be time to celebrate the day of love a little different this year in Waukee.
Promoted with a cherubic Cupid stabbed in the back with one of his ubiquitous arrows, this is a different kind of “happy hearts day” show. Kevin Coble and his merry band of puppeteers are taking their troupe known as the Jester Puppets to an older age group (18 and up, for some language) than their usual packed summer agenda of kid-oriented public library programming.
Coble and the puppets of various shapes, sizes, furs, tails and horns will tell a mocking tale of love with a strong dash of cynicism and heavy hint of humor. The hour long show will flow with music and sketches led by enigmatic ringmaster Coble.
Cindy DePond, Director of the Waukee Area Arts Council, said Valentine’s Day Puppet Massacre is a different kind of show breaking the barriers of the idea of “small town entertainment.”
She recommends for those easily offended to avoid this puppet show for adults, and make alternative holiday plans.
“It is not designed to be a romantic Valentine’s Day show,” DePond said. “But, you can make a great night out of it. Eat dinner at one of the restaurants in Waukee, come to the show and hit a bar afterward for a drink on the way home.”
A chocolate reception including hot chocolate, coffee and sweets will follow the performance.
Get your tickets before this intriguing show flies by; all tickets are $10 and benefit the Waukee Area Arts Council. Reserve your seat by calling 515-402-7870, at Waukee Hardware, at the door the night of the performance (based on availability) and online.
Find it: ArtsCentral, 405 Maple Street, Waukee
When: February 14, 8 p.m.