Balinese Shadow Puppets at the Ice House 3/15

Mock Turtle Marionettes presents ShadowStories with Balinese music at the IceHouse

A wonderful program will be happening on Saturday, March 15th at 10 AM at the Charles Brown IceHouse in Bethlehem. ShadowStories, features three shadow puppet plays and live music performed by Gamelan Mekar Sari, an ensemble comprised of Valley devotees of Indonesian music. The program will include Mock Turtle’s new shadow play, The Grumpy Gecko, accompanied by Balinese gamelan music played on drums, gongs, cymbals and metalophones.

Also a part of our shadow puppet program will be two of the theater’s most popular shadow productions, Travels to Tondo, a story from Africa, and the Legend of Sung Low, a Chinese shadow tale.  ShadowStories will be followed by a free workshop/demonstration of the gamelan musical instruments and the shadow puppet theater.


Some readers might remember a few students of the South Mountain College program performing on the Gamelan Mekar Sari with other community members in 2012.

smd-puppet-mdHere’s an image of a traditional Balinese Shadow Puppet. This is NOT Doug Royston, but we use this here to offer an idea of what the performance might look like.

Tickets are $5 for the show and $7.50 for the show and workshop combination.

Contact Mock Turtle Marionette Theater for details, directions and reservations at and our website

The Charles Brown IceHouse is located at 56 River Street, on Sand Island, Bethlehem.

This year’s series is supported by Just Born, The County of Lehigh, The Hoch Foundation, The Century Fund and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Special travel advisory – no, not more snow…
The annual Parade of Shamrocks may have street closures after the performance. We suggest you consider alternative routes and extra time, just in case.

For an extra boost of cultural immersion, even though Thailand is not Bali, the closest you’ll get to the tastes of these cultures can still be experienced in restaurants not too far from the Ice House. We suggest either:

Of course those aren’t the only Thai restaurants in the Lehigh Valley – but at least these can get you started.