Center for Puppetry Arts to debut new ‘Dark Crystal’ exhibition

The Center for Puppetry Arts will debut a new exhibition, “Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic,” in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, opening Aug. 31.

The exhibit will explore how  Henson, Brian Froud, Frank Oz and others created the mythical world of Thra, as well as take a look at the film’s impact and legacy over the years.

With more than 50 items on display, the special exhibit will include several prototypes and early versions of iconic characters, as well as actual puppets used in the film. Visitors can expect to see many fan-favorite characters, including Jen; SkeKung, commander of the Garthim; UrAc the Scribe; a Mystic; and Loretta, a Podling. Other creatures such as glass spiders, a feather cricket, Toad and a landstrider will also be on display, along with puppet props and costumes. In addition, visitors will find behind-the-scenes photos from film production and Froud’s original concept art.

The exhibit will conclude with a look at the legacy of “The Dark Crystal,” including its modern-day fandom and fan stories, its influence on Jim Henson’s subsequent film “Labyrinth,” the upcoming Netflix series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” and more.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibit,  The Dark Crystal Ball will be held on Aug. 30, inspired by the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball of years past. Guests can expect an immersive experience as the Center transforms into Thra for the evening. “The Dark Crystal”-themed costumes or fantasy masquerade attire and masks are encouraged. Special guests will include Brian Henson, chairman of The Jim Henson Company and Jim’s son; Halle Stanford, president of television for The Jim Henson Company and executive producer of “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance;” and Kirk Thatcher, judge of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge and Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and director of “Dinosaurs,” “Muppets Tonight.” Tickets are available now at puppet.org .

Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased online at puppet.org  or by calling (404) 873-3391.

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