CROWN POINT - The Mettawee River Theatre will return to Crown Point State Historic Site Friday, July 30.
"The Woman Who Fell From the Sky," a live theatrical performance, will be presented outdoors on the lawn of the state historic site at 8 p.m.
People are welcome to picnic at the covered pavilion and in Crown Point State Historic Site's other designated picnic areas from 6-8 p.m. The pavilion enjoys a view of Lake Champlain. Grills, picnic tables, and restrooms are available.
During the live performance campfires, sticks and marshmallows will be available for toasting. Cold soft drinks and snacks, such as homemade brownies, will be available to purchase from Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site Inc.
Guests are asked to bring folding lawn chairs or a blanket for seating.
"The Woman Who Fell From the Sky" is drawn from the Iroquois creation tale in which the Sky Woman falls from the spirit world and lands on the back of a turtle, according to Tom Hughes, Crown Point State Historic Site manager.
Water animals bring up mud from the bottom of the sea so the earth can grow. The character Sapling creates all the earth's delightful things; his brother Flint brings mosquitoes and thorns and sharp rocks. The abrupt arrival of Hodu'i, a whimsical crack-pot who claims to have created it all, spells the readiness of the earth for the arrival of human beings.
The production will incorporate many puppets representing the spirits and creatures of this young world.
According to Mettawee Director Ralph Lee, "At this time, when concerns about our environment weigh heavily on us, it's nourishing to hear these clear voices from the beginning of the world, reminding us of the gifts we've been given."
Mettawee actors Kim Gambino, Kristine Lee, Greg Manley and Tom Marion will play multiple roles. The production will incorporate puppetry and masks, with an original musical score composed by Neal Kirkwood. Lee will design and direct the production, with costumes by Casey Compton. Musician Sam Kulik will perform on bass trombone, flutes and percussion.
The Mettawee River Theatre Company, founded in 1975, and now in its 35th anniversary season, creates original theater productions that incorporate masks, giant figures, puppets and other visual elements with live music, movement and text, drawing on myths, legends and folklore of the world's many cultures for its material.
For more information about the Mettawee River Theatre Company, call 854-9357 or visit the company's Web site at www.mettawee.org
For more information about the picnic, the Friends group and the site, the public may contact Crown Point State Historic Site at 597-4666 or at 21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point 12928-2852; or go on-line to www.nysparks.com.