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Ship of Fools: A Giant Puppet Odyssey by String and Shadow Puppet Theater

August 20, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: East Cranberry Lake at Deception Pass State Park

About String and Shadow! String and Shadow is a performance company based out of Olympia, Washington. Using paper-mache, cardboard, bamboo and cloth (among many other found & recycled materials) String and Shadow creates incredible giant puppets and masks and weaves them into spectacle performances for all ages.

About Ship of Fools! String & Shadow’s 2023 show is called “Ship of Fools: A Giant Puppet Odyssey.” In it, three mimes set sail from the Port of Styx across the mythical boundary waters connecting the world of the living to the underworld. Aboard a mysteriously sentient ship, they encounter a world of beautiful and strange creatures: hermit crabs carrying houses on their backs, a ghostly humpback whale, and much more. Under layers of colorful fabric and dancing cardboard, Ship of Fools deals with themes of loss and acceptance, depicting a wondrous unknown and speaking to the power of friendship and love. It is brought to life by 3 mimes, 3 musicians, and 6 puppeteers.

Free event – Discover Pass required for vehicle access. Donations are welcome.

This event is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are required in order to attend, please call (360) 701-7923. For hearing and speech-impaired, call the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service (800) 833-6384. Requests must be made in advance.


August 20, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


East Cranberry Lake Picnic Shelter
41229 SR 20
Oak Harbor, Washington 98277
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