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Wartburg Players have fun with puppets

Wartburg College’s Players Theatre will put a unique spin on Richard Wagner’s four-part opera cycle, “The Ring of the Nibelung” under the direction of Dr. William Earl, associate professor of journalism and communication.

“The story is somewhat like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ in fact ‘The Lord of the Rings’ copies some of it,” Earl said. “But we have the ‘Thor’ story, we have Odin, and there is a ring of power, but unlike the ring in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ which is powerful, the ring in the Nibelung kills everyone that touches it.”

The Players Theatre has compressed 15 hours into 72 minutes and use puppets unlike singing in an opera.

Earl got the idea of using the puppets due to a conversation he had years ago with one of the administrators involving Earl teasing her of using puppets. Turns out, the idea stuck with him ever since and this year was the magical year.

Earl said if you want to know the plot of the play, you will have to check it for yourselves because it is hard to explain the story line.

The play is a free will donation so guests of all ages are welcome.

Showtimes will be Friday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCaskey Lyceum of the Seamann Student Center at Wartburg College.

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