Lifelike puppets astound at Babcock Season Event

Posted on April 01, 2015 by Janika Carey

Internationally acclaimed puppeteers The Cashore Marionettes will return to Sweet Briar College with their show “Life in Motion” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in Murchison Lane Auditorium in the Babcock Fine Arts Center.

Animals are an integral part of The Cashore Marionettes' cast. Photo by Matt Cashore. Animals are an integral part of The Cashore Marionettes’ cast. Photo by Matt Cashore.

Combining “virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music and poetic insight,” the troupe promises to take its audience on an “unforgettable journey” for adults and young adults — however, the show is not recommended for children under 8.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 2, and are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students and free for the SBC community and for children younger than 12. Seating is general. To reserve tickets, please contact the box office at (434) 381-6120 or at Credit card orders may be placed starting April 2 at

In addition to the evening show, mastermind Joseph Cashore will present a free lecture and demo at 4:15 p.m. the same day in the Babcock Fine Arts Center. No tickets or registration are necessary for this bonus event.

According to the company’s website, Cashore has been designing and performing his remarkable marionettes for more than 30 years. His fascination began when, at 10 or 11, he spotted a pirate puppet in a gift shop on the New Jersey shore.

Cashore earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Notre Dame, then studied portrait and figure painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has received a Henson Foundation Grant and a UNIMA Citation of Excellence — the highest honor bestowed on U.S. puppeteers. Cashore also was honored with a Pew Fellowship for Performance Art in 1996 and has been named a PennPAT roster artist for “[maintaining] the highest standards of artistic quality and professionalism.”

The 2014-15 Babcock Season is generously funded by Robert Livingston Gipson through the Tianaderrah Foundation in loving memory of his mother Madeleine LePine Gipson, Class of 1933, commemorating the 80th anniversary of her graduation from Sweet Briar College. For more information about the show, email Shelbie Filson at