It takes 11 people to play the star — a dragon — in Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s show, “The Serpent’s Egg.”
Paperhand, a Saxapahaw-based group of puppeteers, has brought larger-than-life puppets like this to the outdoor Forest Theatre each summer for 12 years.
This weekend, Paperhand will finish the summer’s month-long run of “The Serpent’s Egg” at the Forest Theatre with five shows, including one on Labor Day.
“The Serpent’s Egg” is a spectacle about the cycles of life and the feminine divine, said Donovan Zimmerman, co-founder of Paperhand.
“To some degree the story of Eve is retold in part,” Zimmerman said. “What the serpent’s egg represents is the mystery in the universe.”
Each year, Paperhand’s performances continue to fill seats with both fans and newcomers — some of whom attend multiple showings of the same performance.
Early August’s hot weather and Hurricane Irene reduced attendance for some performances, but Zimmerman said the show still averages hundreds of audience members per night.
“It’s a little bit down from last year, but we’re hoping to make it up this weekend,” he said.
Stephen Keith, manager of the Forest Theatre, said that even with Saturday’s home football game against James Madison University, he still expects the puppet show to have a large turnout.