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Puppet show gives Lynchburg actors with special needs a venue to perform

Puppets Alamode gives adults and children with mental handicaps a chance to perform on stage in shows around Lynchburg.

December 01, 2010|Tim Saunders | Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief
Tim Saunders

LYNCHBURG, Va. — A holiday play in Lynchburg is giving performers with special needs a venue to show off their skills.

Puppets Alamode is putting on a program called "Christmas in Camelot."

It's a story of two friends who work to save an enchanted land from a dark wizard.

Puppets Alamode gives adults and children with mental handicaps a chance to perform on stage in shows around Lynchburg.

The group works with students from the Bonner Leaders Program at Lynchburg College.

They help the puppet actors bring their characters to life.

"I think it's important that people know that individuals with special needs can do awesome stuff and be a part of the arts without being judged," says Jeanet Lautieri, a Puppets Alamode volunteer and Stage Manager for the Christmas in Camelot performance.

"Christmas in Camelot" is a free show for the public, but donations are welcome.

The play is Thursday at 7:00 p.m., inside Grace Church at 21129 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg.

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