We went to the Center for Puppetry Arts to check out their new show “Brer Rabbit and Friends”. To describe it in one word- FANTASTIC!! This show is a collection of stories that were gathered by local Atlanta writer Joel Chandler Harris. He gathered folk tales from African American slaves in the 1800’s and reproduced them in the Atlanta newspaper and then in books.


            We love folk tales that use animals to tell stories and the center’s interpretation of these old stories is fresh and fun! There are live performers who play themselves and the four characters; Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, Brer Fox and Sister Mud Turtle. These great performers also play live music throughout the show.

            The set is a country house in the woods and the performers start out with a great song! The narrator then sits at the piano and takes us through the tales, including one about how smart Sister Mud Turtle is and one about a laughing contest! Brer Rabbit is always outsmarting the mischievous team of Brer Fox and Brer Bear.

Sister Mud Turtle showing how Brer Bear who's smarter.

Sister Mud Turtle showing how Brer Bear who’s smarter.

            We sat in a full house and everyone, parents and kids were laughing and singing. Of course, Edmond cannot resist the good music and he too was tapping his hooves throughout and Ellie was swinging her trunk too. We don’t want to give away too much of the plot because the stories are so funny when you don’t know the plot twists!



Tapping along to the music!

Tapping along to the music!


We always enjoy the shows at the Puppetry Arts center, but “Brer Rabbit and Friends” is probably our most favorite yet! The music was great, the performers outstanding and the stories fun! It is so great to see the passing down of stories that have been told for years and years. We highly encourage you to hop down to the briar patch at the Center for Puppetry Arts and see “Brer Rabbit and Friends”! And if you don’t live in Atlanta, pick up a copy of Joel Chandler Harris’ stories and share them with a kid in your life! For more information on show times and ticket, check out the Center’s website.

You can make your own Brer Bear take home puppet like this one!

You can make your own Brer Bear take home puppet like this one!



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