The question is, “have you ever climbed through a fox hole?” Before today, I could honestly say “no”, but now is a different story. That’s because this evening I participated in the production of Fantastic Mister Fox at Artspace in Shreveport, Louisiana. You’ll notice I didn’t say “attended” or “viewed” – I said “participated”. Participated is the only way that I can describe this spectacular interactive puppet show that is adapted from Ronald Dahl’s book Fantastic Mister Fox and takes you on an imaginative cardboard journey. The production was created by Arthur Mintz and originally opened in New Orleans during 2010. After a very successful run in New Orleans, Mr. Mintz brought the show to Shreveport. The show was intended to end in November, but has been extended through December 31, 2011.
Upon entering the world of Mr. Fox, I wasn’t sure if I was walking into a play, a puppet show or a film. I soon realized that I was somewhat at a loss for words. Several times throughout the adventure, I realized I had my mouth open in awe. The dumbstruck feeling occurred almost immediately as our narrator extraordinaire Uncle Cookie began to speak. Although he was a real live person, he was as animated as any of the puppets, and helped draw the audience into the story. I don’t want to tell you too much about the presentation because you really have to experience it for yourself. I’ll tell you this, the set is created entirely from recycled/reclaimed cardboard boxes and contact cement and took 5 months to build. This is not a “stay in your seat” kind of show. You actually feel as if you diverge 20 feet underground through fox holes that enter into the FANTASTIC world of Mr. Fox. The group that I participated with was a blend of children and adults. I made an effort to leave my adult brain at the door and pretend like I was a kid again. During the show, I was intentional about watching the expressions on other people’s faces. It was spectacular watching everyone enjoy themselves. In fact, there was one little guy who could hardly contain his excitement. But, my favorite moment was when I saw a “30-something” grown man, rolling on the floor with laughter. It was a treat to my heart.
Few side notes about the show: Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes because you will be traveling through tunnels and slides in this great world. I’d recommend not bringing anything you have to carry, like your purse or a jacket. It gets a little warm in those fox holes. For those who aren’t interested in the climbing or sliding, there is a walk-thru options.
If you are within driving distance to the Shreveport-Bossier area, it’s worth making the trip. It’s an artistic fantasy that is great fun for children and adults. I had two teenager friends with me and they both loved the show. Artspace is located at 710 Texas Street Shreveport, LA 71101 — (318) 673-6535. Order tickets online
It’s time for you to take the journey. Get your tickets now and tell Mr. Fox you read my blog.
See ya around Bossier,