I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY
The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse is pleased to announce the Connecticut screening of the documentary film, I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY on Saturday, February 28th at 7:00PM. All seats are $20.00 and the proceeds will benefit the Bradley Playhouse, a non-profit 501 ( c ) (3) community theatre.
I AM BIG BIRD tells the story of the 80-year old Spinney’s career as the puppeteer behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since the show’s first season. Encompassing home videos from the Spinney’s archives dating back to the 1950’s, I AM BIG BIRD captures the essence of Caroll Spinney, who’s love for his work has created a character that is a worldwide cultural icon. He’s dined with heads of state, won Emmys and been named a living legend by the Library of Congress. Generations of children have loved and grown up with Big Bird, so it’s no wonder that Caroll Spinney is reluctant to say goodbye to the character he cherishes.
The documentary film, by Copper Pot Pictures, directed and produced by Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker, and written by Dave LaMattina, follows the career of Spinney from Big Bird’s height of popularity to the changes in Sesame Street’s programming. But through it all, Big Bird remains close to the heart of children and grown-ups everywhere. His intangible qualities make him a character that continues to captivate audiences 45 years after his debut.
Caroll Spinney and his wife Debra Spinney are featured in the film along with Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Emilio Delgado, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath and Joan Ganz Cooney. Footage of Jim Henson and an interview with Jane Henson are also seen in the film.
Caroll and Debra Spinney approached The Bradley about showing the documentary in Putnam prior to its official world wide release. As residents of Woodstock, they wanted to share the film that profiles Caroll’s life as Big Bird with family, friends and the local community at their neighborhood theatre.
The Bradley Playhouse is located at 30 Front St., (Route 44), in downtown Putnam, CT. Tickets may be purchased online at www.thebradleyplayhouse.org or by calling 860-928-7887 to charge by phone. Tickets may also be purchased at the Bradley box office from 10:00AM to 6:00PM Wednesday through Friday, or at the door prior to the performance.