We are very excited to be a presenting sponsor of “Big Bird Coming to Northampton!”
This is a special showing of the movie “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story” on Friday February 12th at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. The film will be followed by a Q&A session at which Mr. Spinney, his wife Debra and a very special guest will be discussing their journey and answering questions!
“A loving documentary about a puppeteer who’s brightened the lives of countless children weaned on Sesame Street.” – Entertainment Weekly Must List
This heartwarming documentary chronicles the life of Caroll Spinney, the man who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. For over 4 decades, Caroll’s characters have been cherished by generations of children. At 81 years old, the tenacious and enthusiastic performer has no intention of slowing down. I AM BIG BIRD features incredible footage of Spinney’s earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces Caroll’s journey from bullied child to celebrated performer. This loving portrait peels away the instances that inspired his creation of Big Bird and as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.
Proceeds from the show will benefit the Spring 2016 ArtsEZ Grant Round administered by the Northampton Arts Council. For more information please visit hamparts.org.
Mr. Spinney is now in his 80’s and we are so fortunate to share an evening with him. Do not miss this opportunity to meet the real Big Bird in person!