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The Smallest Show on Earth Exhibition Opening Reception
September 23, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This exhibition celebrates the long history and recent creative innovations in this unique art form. Paper theatres, also known as toy theatres, originated to promote productions in Victorian Era London. They were printed on paperboard sheets and sold as kits at the concession stand of an opera house, playhouse, or vaudeville theater. These paper theatre hobbyists ended up learning a great deal about scenic design, lighting effects, sound effects, musical underscoring, acting, directing — all through a paper theatre toy. The theaters gradually declined in popularity during the late 19th and early 20th centuries but have enjoyed a resurgence in interest in recent years among many puppeteers, filmmakers, theater historians, and hobbyists. This exhibition will introduce new audiences to this playful and engaging craft and offer the opportunity for a wide range of theatrically themed, complimentary programs. Curated by Scott Paulson.
Funding for this project generously provided by Barbara Freeman, Ann Craig, UC San Diego Library and Mark and Kathryn Muñoz. Institutional support provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and by the Members of the La Jolla Historical Society.
Enjoy refreshments courtesy of Opening Reception Sponsor Wheat & Water.