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'Dumpster Monster' brings garbage to life

“The Dumpster Monster” and his little friends will make numerous appearances around Red Wing April 24-26, 2019, to help prepare audiences for “The Pigeoning,” which will be performed at the Sheldon. Submitted photo1 / 2
“The Dumpster Monster” will make numerous appearances around town April 24-26, 2019. People who spot him in Red Wing are encouraged to stop and play with his friends, including rat and cockroach puppets. Submitted photo2 / 2

"I'm really attracted to making things out of garbage," artist Robin Frohardt admitted. "Making something beautiful out of garbage (may be) the most worthwhile thing I can do in life."

Frohardt, creator of the puppet theater show "The Pigeoning," is also responsible for a short, interactive companion piece titled "The Dumpster Monster."

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In the days leading up to the April 26-27 "Pigeoning " performances at the Sheldon, "The Dumpster Monster" will pop up at locations throughout Red Wing.

The short piece features a 10-foot high inflatable plastic bag monster that explodes from a dumpster. The audience is encouraged to participate by playing with the various cockroach, fly and rat puppets that swarm around him.

People also will have a chance to help "beat the trash monster back" into the container. The free performance lasts about 10 minutes.

"It's a brief, fun, surprising moment," she said, that relates to her life in a unique way. "I'm lucky." Frohardt said. "I live in New York" where there is "so much garbage."

Activations of "The Dumpster Monster" are planned near the Red Wing YMCA Wednesday, April 24, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.; in the Central Park Bandshell area Thursday, April 25, between 9:20 and 10:30 a.m. and at Walmart Thursday between 3:30 and 4:15 p.m.; and in the Sheldon Theatre courtyard Friday, April 26, between 6:45 p.m. and 7 p.m.

In addition, Frohardt will conduct a free Puppetry Skills Workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at ArtReach, 436 W. Third St. She will demonstrate how the puppets work and talk about key elements to bring them to life.

Reservations are required only for the puppetry workshop. Sign up at jstaley@sheldontheatrre.org.

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