“The Adventures of Mighty Bug” at the Center for Puppetry Arts is an action-packed adventure with superheroes, science and silliness.
This comic-book-come-to-life transports the audience to Bugville, where insects of many shapes and sizes live together happily, guarded by the gallant Mighty Bug. The show features a variety of puppetry styles including body puppetry, shadow puppetry and rod puppetry. This mix makes for an exciting and enchanting experience. When the bright life-sized hero Mighty Bug first bursts onto the stage, kids giggle with delight.
But just when you get comfortable singing catchy songs and learning cool things such as that insects can hear, the evil Scorpiana appears! She wants to rule the crawly kingdom. Can Mighty Bug save the day?
That’s about when another hero takes center stage: the lovely Morpha Butterfly. With her uplifting motto, “be swift and strong and never smug. I believe in every bug!” she uses her special skills to help thwart the sinister plans of Scorpiana and her gang of animal allies.
This entertaining show teaches fun facts. For example, did you know that ants can lift 50 times their own body weight? Or that a clean bug is a happy bug? There’s just enough icky to keep it interesting for the young set, like a bit with a dung beetle, a yucky tick and a bevy of gas-related humor. And on another kind of ick, one of the cutest points is when the kids in the crowd collectively cry “eeewww!” when Mighty Bug and Morpha kiss at the end.
My almost-4-year-old son and his year-older friend had a buggy good time. Younger children might be scared by the use of fog, the flashing lights or the many-legged villain and her not-so-nice plot to do away with Mighty Bug. One of my little companions remarked, “I didn’t like it, I loved it,” and the other declared his favorite character was, “the one with those pinchy things.” My son has been talking about cicadas and singing the refrain of one of the songs since – the true sign of a hit!
– Sherry V. Crawley
The Adventures of Mighty Bug
Center for Puppetry Arts; 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta; 404-873-3391; puppet.org
When: Through March 17; show times vary daily.
Cost: $16.50 ages 2 and older; tickets include museum admission as well as the Create-A-Puppet Workshop (or To-Go Kit), where kids can make their own lightning bug puppet.