November Puppet Shows Presented by the National Capital Puppetry Guild at Durant Arts Center

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November Puppet Shows Presented by the National Capital Puppetry Guild at Durant Arts Center

For Immediate Release: November 2, 2017

The National Capital Puppetry Guild in collaboration with the Office of the Arts will present Silly Goose and Val at two family-friendly puppet shows 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on November 18 at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.  

Reservations per show are $5 for person, including children. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult. To purchase tickets online, visit and select the activity number: 

  • 255211.07       Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m.
  • 255211.08       Saturday, November 18, 1 p.m.   

Valerie Leonhart Smalkin, ventriloquist, musician, composer, and performer was one of the writers, performers, and co-producers as well as the head puppeteer of the Emmy award winning television program It's Kindertime on Baltimore’s ABC affiliate WMAR-TV 2. Val’s CD, A Gentle Halloween, received a Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff award in 2015, and in 2016 her follow-up CD, Sing! Sing! Sing! and Dance!, garnered a Parents’ Choice Approved award. Her current CD, Love Bug! received a Parents’ Choice Recommended award, and made the first cut in the 59th Annual Grammy Award competition. Val continues to perform and compose music designed for the 2 to 10-year-old set. As a ventriloquist, Val performs for family and educational events in Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York City, California, and Brussels, Belgium 

The Durant Arts Center is managed by the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. For additional information contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565, or visit 

For additional information about the National Capital Puppetry Guild, contact Jeff Bragg at 703.424.5553 or

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail or call 703.746.5565, Virginia Relay 711.