Valencia, March 11, 2009--Youth participants in California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Community Arts Partnership (CAP)  Puppetry Program present the tale of an epic fight against deforestation and animal extinction. Pandemonium Pueblo Porciuncula a.k.a. The Legend of the Amazing Journey Through the Noisy, Crazy, Mystical, Mysterious Forest premieres at Plaza de la Raza on Friday March 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday March 14 at 2:00 p.m.
During the performance, the puppeteers will take the audience on a journey through the land of Topra to save a magical forest and its inhabitants from environmental devastation. A scientist's melding of Tyra Banks and Oprah Winfrey attempts to stop the capitalist Leprechaun's destructive wood-chomping machine from destroying the forest. The fight for the forest escalates when Bigfoot and other creatures defend their homes from total annihilation while learning the importance of creative conflict resolution.
Pandemonium Pueblo Porciuncula a.k.a. The Legend of the Amazing Journey Through the Noisy, Crazy, Mystical, Mysterious Forest is an original work of puppet theater created in collaboration with youth in the puppetry program and CalArts student instructors under the direction of CalArts School of Theater alumni Alison Heimstead and Caitlin Lainoff.
The performances are free and open to the public. Reservations are advised. For reservations please call Plaza de la Raza at (323) 223-2475.
Plaza de la Raza's Margo Albert Theater is located at 3540 North Mission Road , Los Angeles, CA 90031.
CAP provides participating youth with challenging learning environments for artistic experimentation and creates access to higher education. Approaching its 20th anniversary, it is unique in its field. CAP offers in-depth training in jazz, printmaking, photography, digital media, video, drawing, animation, dance, theater, puppetry, writing, chamber music, global music and graphic design. The program offers more than 40 in-depth arts programs free-of-charge for elementary, middle and high school students in 60 neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County.
CAP has received numerous awards--including the John Anson Ford Human Relations Award from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations in 2008, and in 2006 the Ovation Award for Community Outreach from the Los Angeles Stage Alliance and the Coming Up Taller Award for outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people.
California Institute of the Arts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.
For more information about Plaza de la Raza and its arts programs, please contact Maria Jimenez-Torres, (323) 223-2475.