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Big Bird is Coming to Town “In Person”

Last Updated by Mary Riker on
Tree House Cinema Will Show “I Am Big Bird” Film on Aug. 28 & 29
WSRE Will Host “Sesame Street” Puppeteer Caroll Spinney on Sept. 15

 

PENSACOLA, Fla., August 18, 2015 – WSRE is bringing the man inside Big Bird to Pensacola for a free lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. in the PBS station’s Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio. Caroll Spinney has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” since the show began in 1969 and upon an invitation from Jim Henson to join the cast.
 
At 81, Spinney is the last of the original puppeteers still at work on the show and the subject of a new Tribeca Film release about his life and legacy, “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story.”
 
In conjunction with WSRE’s Caroll Spinney Public Square Speakers Series event, Tree House Cinema in Gulf Breeze will show the film on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28 and 29. Show times, the movie trailer and more information are available at treehousecinemagulfbreeze.com. There will be a free gift for the first 100 in attendance.
 
“This is for ‘Sesame Street’ fans old enough to realize that there is a puppeteer inside the Big Bird costume,” says WSRE Educational Services Director Jill Hubbs in explaining that both the lecture and film are for grown-ups. “We hope a lot of parents and teachers will attend.”
 
“Caroll Spinney’s lifework has advocated for early learning and preparing our youngest children for success in school and in life, and that is exactly what WSRE’s educational outreach is all about in our local community and our reason for inviting him to Pensacola,” said Hubbs.
 
The Caroll Spinney Public Square Speakers Series event is sponsored in part by Gulf Power Company. Visit wsre.org/speakers to learn more.
 
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Photos: Caroll Spinney, “Sesame Street” puppeteer and author of “The Wisdom of Big Bird (and the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch): Lessons from a Life in Feathers,” will speak at WSRE on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. The film “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story” will show at Tree House Cinema in Gulf Breeze on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28 and 29.

Media Relations Contact:
Mary Riker
mriker@wsre.org