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Black Cherry Puppet Theater Receives Maryland State Art Council’s Cherry Adler Award

On May 3, MSAC announced that its esteemed Cherry Adler Award has been given to the Black Cherry Puppet Theater. The Baltimore-based children’s theater received the award after teaming up with the University of Maryland Baltimore’s Police Activities League (PAL) for a 10-week puppeteering workshop which concluded with a special performance by participants and their police officer mentors. The award, which is given every three years for excellence in Maryland children’s theater, is named after the late Charlotte “Cherry” Adler, a former MSAC chair who also founded and directed the Library Theatre in Montgomery County. The Black Cherry Puppet Theater engaged the PAL, having the officers work with the children to read scripts, create storyboards, paint a set, and make their own puppets for a performance of “How Coyote Got His Song.”

“Black Cherry Puppet Theater is thrilled to be a three-time recipient of the esteemed Cherry Adler Award from the Maryland State Arts Council,” said Michael Lamason, founder and current director of Black Cherry Puppet Theater. “This honor recognizes not only the passion we bring to making and presenting puppet theatre, but also the importance of the arts and puppetry in impacting the quality of life across Maryland.”