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Nov. 2: Multimedia Ensemble Brings Frankenstein to Weis Center Stage

Innovative theatre company Manual Cinema will bring the classic gothic tale, Frankenstein, to Bucknell’s Weis Center for the Performing Arts stage on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

In a special world premiere presentation, internationally-renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story of Frankenstein with Mary Shelley’s own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation.

Manual Cinema’s Frankenstein combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen.

Manual Cinema combines vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live feed cameras, multi-channel sound design and a live music ensemble.

This engagement is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

A hands-on public workshop will be offered on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Weis Center. RSVPs are required, as seating is limited. The workshop will begin with an overview of how the company creates shows from story idea to full production. Then workshop participants will get on their feet at the overhead projectors and behind the screens to deconstruct and stage a short sequence from a Manual Cinema show in order to learn the puppetry techniques and cinematic language that the company has invented. Participants will then devise short, narrative shows of their own using the company’s puppets and equipment. A short discussion and critique will conclude the session. Register for the free workshop at: or by calling 570-577-3925.

Tickets for the Weis Center performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62 and over, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $15 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at

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