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March 10, 2017

Cashore Marionettes to Perform “Life in Motion” on March 14


The Cashore Marionettes featuring “Life in Motion” will perform at West Virginia Wesleyan College in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Tuesday, March 14, at 8 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.


In the performance “Life in Motion,” Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a full evening unlike anything else in theater today. The performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life.



Cashore was about 10 years old when he visited a gift shop with his parents at the New Jersey Shore. This is when he was first introduced to marionettes, puppets that move by the strings that are attached to their limbs. Cashore has been making his own marionette designs and has performed for the last three decades. 


With 30 years of marionette puppetry, he has performed major performing arts venues such as the Kennedy Center, Kravis Center, and Annenberg Center. He has also made performances in the Far East, Europe, and all across North America. Cashore has also received the UNIMA Citation of Excellence, the highest possible honor a puppeteer can receive in the United States. He was also awarded a Pew Fellowship for Performance Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cashore has also received a Henson Foundation Grant which is intended to encourage puppetry to the adult audience. 


For more information about The Cashore Marionettes, please visit his website at

Photo credit: Matt Cashore

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