6:00 pm - Friday, September 23

Exhibition Opening: The Smallest Show on Earth

La Jolla Historical Society , 780 Prospect Street, La Jolla

Visual Arts

We are pleased to invite you to the opening reception of the exhibition The Smallest Show on Earth: Paper Theaters Explored.

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.

Admission/Cost: FREE Please Register

La Jolla Historical Society
780 Prospect Street
San Diego, CA 92037

Friday, September 23 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM