Olde World Puppet Theatre Studios Releases First Book and Movie

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Olde World Puppet Theatre Studios has Released its First Movie, Witch Key, A Prince's Adventure, and its First Book, The Enchanted Ring, A Princess's Adventure - Fairy Tale Fantasy Entertainment for Pre-Teens And Families. Both are From Their Award Winning Tales of Belvuria Series and are available at: http://www.belvuria.com.

While ours may be the smallest studio known to man, it suits us just fine - after all, our actors are only three feet tall

Olde World Puppet Theatre Studios first movie, Witch Key, a Prince's Adventure is a one hour DVD of one of the Olde World Puppet Theatre's most beloved stories from their the award-winning Tales of Belvuria series. The movie uses puppets instead of human actors to tell its story.

The Enchanted Ring, A Princess's Adventure, The Olde World Puppet Theatre Studios' new book, is the first of their marionette plays to be adapted from stage into book form. This 88 page girl-power story is available both in deluxe printed as well as e-book versions. Both are available at http://www.belvuria.com. (The book starts at $3.95 and the movie $9.95 + S & H)

Unlike some other "puppet movies", the Olde World Puppet Theatre Studios Witch Key, a Prince's Adventure, features three-foot tall marionettes, seven elegant and elaborate lifelike sets, an extraordinary classical music score, and exciting cinematography to bring the daring adventure to life. The five additional behind-the-scenes, making-of segments are designed to illustrate the art of film making to a young audience. There is also a special download link to build characters from the film.

The Tales of Belvuria series features 11 interlocking episodes with over 150 exquisite marionette characters - from Dragons to Unicorns, Witches, Pixies, Faeries, a King and Queen, and a Prince and Princess. Each story tells children and families a new adventure from their very unique land of Belvuria. The California Board of Education and the National Association of Librarians each recognized The Tales Of Belvuria series with awards for best children's plays.

Steven M. Overton, Master Puppeteer and Studio Creative Director said: "It has been a lifetime dream of mine to see my stories presented in book and direct-to-DVD movie formats to reach a wider audience."

The Olde World Puppet Theatre Studios is an offshoot of The Olde World Puppet Theatre, which has been performing their medieval Tales of Belvuria live for over 30 years, making it one of the longest running puppet companies in the United States. The company has worked with Macy's, Tiffany & Co., The San Francisco Opera, Disney, various other movie studios and the Portland Rose Festival.

With the collaboration of Michael Curry Designs, the studio gained recognition for building many of the puppets for the Hunchback of Notre Dame stage show at Disney World in Orlando, which was seen by over 21 million people during its six-year run. Other challenging projects included the creation of many of the puppets for the children's movie Wee Sing Under The Sea, the Barq's Root Beer Dog, and the puppets for Portland’s Tears of Joy Theatre’s Adventures of Perseus.

The studio has also been either puppet or costume consultant for such films as Skin Deep for Blake Edwards, Mousehunt, and Titanic, as well as winning the Portland Drama Critic’s DRAMMY award for Best Costumer for Tygre’s Heart Shakespeare Company's production of Much Ado About Nothing.

The Company curated and created The Incredible, Fascinating, Wonderful World of Puppets for The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the largest puppet event ever held on the west coast. It featured over 1,000 puppets from around the world, hands-on activities for visitors and three months of live puppet performances by the most famous puppet troupes on the west coast. Drawing over 71,000 visitors, it helped OMSI recover from the river flooding that ravaged their campus. This is still one of the company's proudest achievements.

Olde World Puppet Theatre Studios operates two websites, http://www.belvuria.com - the destination website devoted to everything about the mythical kingdom, and http://www.puppetmuseum.com, an international magnet for puppet enthusiasts, with visitors from over 85 different countries represented to date.

Accredited reviewers may request interviews or review copies of both the book and the movie by contacting:
Steven M. Overton, Martin Richmond
Olde World Puppet Theatre Studios
906 SE Umatilla St, Portland, OR 97202
Phone: 503-233-7723


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