A letter to the puppet community from Cheryl Henson

We received this email to pass along to everyone:

Dear Friends in the puppet community,

I want to let you know about this special presentation of our mother’s
puppet performance of “The Nativity” that will be a part of a CBS special
on Christmas Eve. Heather Henson and I worked with Father Eric Andrews at Paulist Productions to remount this beautiful classic production as a tribute to Jane Henson.

Mom had created this production over the past five years together with
Heather and Sean Keohane in Orlando. Mom sculpted the heads for the first group of puppets which were then built and costumed by the New York
Workshop. In remounting the show, the workshop made a few important
additions, a bowing donkey and two shepherds among them. Vandy Wood
designed a beautiful light weight set with a blue back drop dyed by Jason
Weber. Everyone who worked on the show did a spectacular job.

We were blessed with an excellent team of performers who we know from shows we have funded through the Jim Henson Foundation and from the Henson workshop. Amanda Maddock directed the puppets for the television production, working with storyboards from Sean Keohane and Heather Henson. Chris Green, Erin Or, Eric Wright, Ulysses Jones, Yoko Myoi, Amy Rush joined her as puppeteers, delivering elegant breath taking performances

We couldn’t be prouder of how this came together quickly to create a
lasting tribute to our mother. There will even be mini documentary tribute
to Jane included at the end of the commercial free hour.

In addition to Jane Henson’s puppets, the show also includes the kites of
Curtiss Lee Mitchell, flown by Curtiss and Heather Henson. The
extraordinary spirit kites that they performed at mom’s service in April
take flight over three spectacular songs; Ave Maria, Silent Night and Joy
to the World. Everyone on the production agreed that all church services
should include kites. They help the spirit soar!

We miss our mother and are glad to be able to celebrate her this holiday

Please tune in or record this production if you can.
To see more photos visit our face book page:


Happy holidays and thank you for being a part of this community that she
loved so much.

Cheryl Henson




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