Mark your calendars for the following ad-
ditional performances and events listed be-
low. Those interested in arranging for other
programs can call Alva Dworkin at (810)
Cinderella: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 27, at the Children's Museum in De-
Tuesday, March 26, at the West Bloom-
field Public Library (time to be announced).
said Gozman, the artistic director who
rents a Pontiac studio, where he has
constructed a large, portable stage used
for rehearsals and actual engagements.
"When people get older, puppets help
them keep their imagination."
In the couple's native land, puppetry
is a popular form of entertainment sub-
sidized by the government. Young stu-
dents may see a puppet show each
month in their schools.
PuppetArt tapped into the imagina-
tion of local audiences with its area per-
formance debut last year of
Puriinshpiel, an adaptation of a holi-
day work by Russian poet Itzak
Manger. The script, which calls for 13
rod puppets, combines Yiddish and
Cinderella is a production brought
to PuppetArt by Natasha Khousid, a
longtime friend of the founders and pro-
fessor of performing arts in Russia's St.
Petersburg. Khousid travels to the
States as a consultant and thought the
Firebird: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at
the Civic Theatre, Grand River and Farm-
ington Road, in Farmington.
Saturday, March 23, at the Southfield
Civic Center (time to be announced).
nine puppets and show created by her
students would be right for PuppetArt.
Firebird, which uses 12 puppets of
all types, has a script written by Lyud-
mila Mikheyenko, another immigrant
who became acquainted with Gozman
and Baranovskaya in the United
States. She provides her own spin on
the Russian folk tale.
Alva Dworkin, a retired art teacher
who grew up in Detroit, befriended the
artists and works closely with their
nonprofit organization promoting pro-
ductions and helping to get bookings.
Purimshpiel: 10:45 a.m. Friday, March 1,
at Temple Emanu-El.
10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, March
6, at Adat Shalom.
Puppet Workshop for Families: Sunday,
Feb. 18, at the Jewish Community Center
in Oak Park (time to be announced).
Dworkin reports that the Jewish Com-
munity Center and Workmen's Circle
were among those giving early support
to PuppetArt, and sponsors are being
sought to help expand audiences.
Gozman, who works with computers
to earn a living for his wife and two chil-
dren, hopes that one day PuppetArt
will reach a point where it can provide
him with a full-time salary. Current
proceeds pay for supplies and equip-
To keep him in touch with puppetry
around the world, Gozman seeks mem-
The cast of Firebird, with
Natasha Khousid, Igor
Gozman and Irina
bership in associated organizations and
projects, including the International
Workshop of Synthesis and Theatre.
"My goals are to establish a puppet
center that people can visit as a muse-
um, look to as a quality theater and
have available for classes at profes-
sional and beginning levels," said Goz-
man, who is pleased that his
16-year-old son, Korey, volunteers to
assist him with stage arrangements
nd other theater needs.
The family is looking forward to an-
other staged event and one of the op-
portunities they had in mind when they
made their decision to move to the
United States — Korey's belated bar
mitzvah, which will be celebrated at
e Cinderella will be presented at
1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the
Creative ARTS Center, 47 Williams
Street, Pontiac. A reception with the
artists will follow the performance.
Tickets are 83.50 for adults and
$2.50 for children 6-12. For infor-
mation, call (810) 333-7849.