Enchanting Puppet Plays of Children’s Tales Starting October 29 at Matrushka Toys and Gifts

Contact: Robyn Perry Coe
518-392-2469, robynpc@gmail.com

(Berkshires, MA) September 25, 2011 – Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) is delighted to announce the Fall 2011 through Spring 2012 performance schedule of children’s puppet plays at Matrushka Toys and Gifts, 309 Main Street, Great Barrington. Performances will take place October 29, 2011 and January 14, February 11 and March 24, 2012, with two show times at 10:30 and 11:30am each performance day. Puppeteers, including renowned Waldorf Early Childhood teacher Jo Valens (illustrator of The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book), will perform classic children’s tales appropriate for all ages. Jo Valens’ magical October 29 performance of “Winifred the Witch” is a free event for the community, and no sign ups are necessary. GBRSS is now accepting Early Childhood registration for the 2011-12 school year. Interested families are invited to call (413) 528-4015, ext. 106 or Matrushka (413) 528-6911 for more information. Registration forms are also available at http://www.gbrss.org

Early Childhood at GBRSS – Watching puppet plays, hearing stories and learning songs cultivates the child’s imagination, strengthens the ability to concentrate and inspires a love of language. The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School understands how important the early years are to healthy development and lifelong well being, offering Kindergarten (for children 4-6, in a program of 5 or 4 full days or mornings), Nursery (for children 2 years and 9 months to 4, in a program of 5 or 3 full days or mornings) andParent-Toddler Circle (for parents and their children ages 1 to 3 1/2, in a program offered once a week for 8-week sessions). Tuition for Nursery and Kindergarten is based on a sliding scale. Jo Valens has been an Early Childhood teacher at GBRSS for over 20 years, and is also the illustrator of The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book, The Waldorf Book of Breads and The Waldorf School Book of Soups. Matrushka Toys and Gifts, located at 309 Main Street in Great Barrington, brings a love of “action” to children of the Berkshires, specializing in a unique collection of “child-powered” toys, entertaining games, classic books, cards and natural baby gifts, in a store that makes room for imagination, and puppet plays that come to life in the hands of an accomplished teacher. Matrushka is open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School: Authentic Learning in the Berkshires
– Founded in 1971, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School provides a warm welcome to learning through Early Childhood programs, including Parent/Toddler, Nursery and Kindergarten, progressing into engaging elementary education for First through Eighth grade. The Early Childhood program nurtures children ages 2 to 6 in five classrooms in the Early Childhood building, surrounded by gardens, woods and play areas, and prepares them for elementary school on the other side of the 30 acre campus. First through eighth grade students (from the Berkshires, northern Connecticut and New York’s Columbia County) follow a rigorous academic and artistic curriculum, preparing them for their choice of high school and college. One of over 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide, and part of the movement of independent schools developed over 80 years ago by scientist, philosopher and writer Rudolf Steiner, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School operates from a core belief that to educate the whole child is to engage the intellectual, spiritual and physical self in all areas of learning. For more information, call 413-528-4015, or visit http://www.gbrss.org

Interviews and high resolution images are available. To schedule an interview with GBRSS Early Childhood teacher Jo Valens or GBRSS School Administrator John Greene, please contact Robyn Coe at (518) 392-2469, or robynpc@gmail.com