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Bulger's Beat: Nashville library to host summer puppet festival

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Puppets and puppeteers from around the world will entertain children and children at heart next month as Nashville plays host to the International Puppet Festival.

Artisans like Pete Carden are now busy working deep inside the Nashville Public Library, crafting dozens of puppets for the festival.

"It's probably the biggest production we've ever worked on," Carden said.

Puppets have always been part of Nashville, as the library's collection already has a worldwide reputation. So, to build on that, in the workshop, they are building more.

Everyone in the workshop is a little bit carpenter, musician and storyteller. They don't just build behind the scenes, they also perform with their puppets when it's showtime.

"And try to show people something they've never seen before," Carden said.

The crafting process isn't always pretty. Right now, the scene is grim, with limbs and boxes of the disassembled sitting idly with no strings attached.

But that is where these expert puppeteers come in.

"Eventually they come to life and dance around the stage," Carden said.

All the hard work pays off when it's showtime and the puppeteers look out to the crowd.

"What I see are smiles on the faces and the light in the eyes," Carden said.

The International Puppet Show takes the stage June 21 to 23 at the downtown branch of the Nashville Public Library.

Admission is free, but tickets are required to attend festival performances. For more information, including a complete festival schedule, visit: http://nashvillepubliclibrary.org/puppetfestival/.

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