A short time ago in a galaxy right around the corner, it is a period of puppetry.
A crew of “Star Wars” characters, including Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2, roamed the crowd at the Puppetry Arts Festival, a celebration thrown on June 28 by the Puppetry Arts Theatre, of Park Slope. The festival drew big crowds and even bigger smiles, according to an organizer.
“This was the most outstanding event we’ve ever had,” said Tim Young, the theater’s executive director.
The celebration of all things puppetry took place on Fourth Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues and featured a main stage for puppet shows, as well as arts, crafts, and games. More than 2,000 people turned out for the occasion, according to Young.
Youngsters swooned when encountering the iconic George Lucas creations in the aluminum.
“A lot of kids were amazed to meet the Star Wars droids,” Young said.
More than 100 volunteers helped organize the festival, including a number of high schoolers from around Brooklyn, Young said. The students got involved through the theater’s youth empowerment arm, which aims to get kids ages 10 to 18 more engaged through community theater.