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Cashore Marionettes coming soon to Sangamon Auditorium, UIS

October 2, 2007

Contact: Bryan Leonard, 217/206-8284, leonard.bryan@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD – Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield will kick off this year's Family Series at UIS Friday, October 12, at 7 p.m. with a performance by the Cashore Marionettes - Simple Gifts in the UIS Studio Theatre.

Unmatched in artistry, grace, and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry through virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion, and artistic insight. Simple Gifts, featuring original vignettes, is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life, set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven, and Copland.

Since 1990, Joseph Cashore has been performing full-time across North America, Europe, and Asia. He has received numerous awards including a Pew Charitable Trusts' Fellowship for Performance Art, based on his artistic accomplishment. He has also received a Henson Foundation Grant, an award intended to help promote puppetry to adult audiences. Mr. Cashore has also been awarded the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive, a UNIMA Citation of Excellence. UNIMA citations are "awarded to shows that touch their audiences deeply; that totally engage, enchant, and enthrall." Joseph Cashore lives in Colmar, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Wilma, the assistant for this performance.

Tickets for this event are on sale now. To order tickets, visit www.SangamonAuditorium.org or order tickets by phone by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 or toll free at 800-207-6960.

This presentation is part of the Family Series at UIS. The sponsor of the Family Series at UIS is Kids' Closet. Media sponsors of the Family Series at UIS include ABC News Channel 20, 104.5 WFMB, and 99.7 KISS FM.

Sangamon Auditorium is located at the University of Illinois at Springfield and hosts more than 120 performances annually. Also home to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Ballet Company, it is the only auditorium of its kind and size in the Springfield area, with a seating capacity of 2,018. Sangamon Auditorium continues to fulfill its mission of presenting and supporting varied cultural and educational professional arts activities to audiences in Springfield, Sangamon County, and the surrounding areas. The auditorium administrative offices can be reached at (217) 206-6150 or by e-mail at onstage@uis.edu.



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