The American Banjo Museum will host David Stephens’ live, puppet-filled banjo show THE PIED PICKER! on Saturday, March 7th and Sunday March 8th at 2:00PM. This take on the classic children’s tale, The Pied Piper, is a one-man show telling the story about a banjo player who encounters a town with an influx of puppet roaches.
A recipient of a 2017 Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant (named for the creator of The Muppets), The Pied Picker! features fun characters, original songs, and a post-show puppet demonstration. Stephens has worked as a professional puppeteer for over twenty years with his company All Hands Productions in addition to his association with the Henson family.
These special performances are sponsored by the Jane Henson Foundation. Heather Henson, daughter of Jim and Jane Henson, is no stranger to the American Banjo Museum. Over recent years she, along with Karen Falk of the Jim Henson Legacy, brought Kermit The Frog to OKC as part of the Jim Henson Life and Legacy exhibit which runs through April of this year.
“David Stephens is an extraordinary, multi-talented performer, sharing the joyful intersection of puppetry and music as celebrated in Jim Henson’s work,” Heather Henson stated. “My mother recognized David’s gifts early in his career, encouraging him along the way. She would be thrilled that the Jane Henson Foundation is able to support bringing David to the American Banjo Museum while Kermit the Frog is on display.”
David Stephens is no stranger to the museum either. When Jim Henson was inducted into the museum’s Hall of Fame in 2018 for his role in promoting the banjo, it was David, an accomplished banjo-player, who picked and sang The Rainbow Connection at the ceremony.
The Pied Picker! plays twice at the American Banjo Museum - located at 9 E. Sheridan Ave. in Oklahoma City: Saturday, March 7th at 2:00 pm, and Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 pm. This all ages show is free for children fifteen years and under. Adults are half-off daily admission to the museum.
For more information on upcoming events, or to become a member of the American Banjo Museum, visit americanbanjomuseum.com or call (405) 604-2793.