Entertaining Thoughts Starring Leslie Carrara-Rudolph

Lolly Lardpop and Leslie Carrara-Rudolph

UNIMA winning Sesame Street puppeteer, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph brings her wild and whimsical cabaret filled with live music, comedy, and puppetry to Tears of Joy Theatre. Leslie shares some of her more Entertaining Thoughts with audience through original music, comedy and a cast of puppets including a lounge lizard named Slax (made out of a dryer hose and a slipper), Velvet Laaaambmore (a soul singin’ blue lamb), Granny Dot (a spicy senior citizen), and her favorite sock puppet side kick, Lolly Lardpop. This is a “comedy concert” in which story telling can take the form of a mask piece, a shadow show or a spontaneous character.

This guest production is made possible with support from the Kinsman Foundation.

Friday, April 19 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 20 at 7:30pm

The Winningstad Theatre at the PCPA

Adults: $12
Students: $7
Season Subscribers: $5

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NOTE: Leslie considers this production an adult cabaret and recommends audience members be high school aged or older. She will not be presenting material from Sesame Street.



Photograph by Richard Termine

Leslie and Dot

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph is a multifaceted entertainer and artist. She is best known for performing the fairy “Abby Cadabby” on the PBS Kids show Sesame Street for which she was nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award for best performer in a children’s series. She is also known for her puppeteer role as Ginger on Playhouse Disney’s Johnny and the Sprites. She most recently performed the puppet Jesse for Sesame Street’s military outreach project “Touch, Listen and Connect” starring Katie Couric. Leslie plays various characters on Sesame Street throughout the season. She got her start on ABC’s Muppets Tonight as “Spamela Hamderson” Other puppeteering credits include Edi the Zebra on the Learning Channel’s Animal Jam and the Evil blonde Vampire puppet in the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Leslie is one of the founding members for the Henson Improv group “Puppet up” later to be called,”Stuffed and Unstrung”. She was part of the improv cast for its debut at the Aspen Comedy Festival. She toured with them to the Australian comedy festival and was a cast member for the Off Broadway show at the Union Square Theater. She also played the main role of Blue, the female blue puppy in Nick Jr.’s Blue’s Room. Leslie has written and produced several successful one woman shows. Her musical Entertaining a Thought, which was developed at the 2009 Ojai Play Write Conference, received a Jim Henson Foundation Grant and a 2009-2010 UNIMA “Citation of Excellence in the Art Of Puppetry”. She just finished a run of her newest interactive show Wake Up Your Weird at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. The show she created for the Disney company The Wahoo Wagon ran for six months at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood and it featured all of her original characters.

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