Glow Tales opens this week at Children’s Theatre

Show adds new stories, elements to accommodate youngest viewers

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Glow Tales, the black-light puppet show that delighted children of all ages for the first time 10 years ago, opens for the fourth time Oct. 14 at South Carolina Children’s Theatre’s 2nd Stage.

It runs Oct. 14-30, Fridays through Sundays, at the theatre’s headquarters, 153 Augusta St. Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to the Oct. 30 matinee. Tickets are $8.

Glow Tales creator and director Kim Granner has added new stories to the show each time it has run.

Granner says the first year, 2006, the show consisted only of the story “Charlie and the Little Splash.” The following year, “Benjamin Bee’s Secret Wish” was added. The next year, the Children’s Theatre was celebrating its 20th anniversary and wanted to add a bonus show to its typical five-show seasonal line up. Granner combined the first two stories and added a third, “Rosey Bloom’s Dream,” to create that year’s version.

This year, Granner has altered some elements to make it even more accessible for the youngest viewers.

“SCCT’s 2nd Stage does not have an elevated stage, and I realized it made some puppets, particularly the Rosey Bloom puppet, difficult for some people to see,” she says. “For that reason Rosey is now life-sized.”

Ayden Woo, who most recently performed in “Knuffle Bunny” at SCCT, portrays Rosey, wearing a costume and head that looks exactly like the Rosey Bloom puppet.

“But anyone who has seen the show before will recognize a cameo performance of the original Rosey puppet,” Granner says.

The show has also been edited down to approximately 40 minutes in length, making it better suited for younger audiences.

“We will still have a brief question-and-answer segment at the end of each performance for anyone who would like to stay,” Granner says. “Audiences seem to really enjoy this as they learn how the ‘magic’ of black light is created.”

Visit scchildrenstheatre.org for show times and to purchase tickets.

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