Carnival of the Animals

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About The Series


Miller Theatre’s family programming combines theatrical staging with live music, designed to delight...

Program Notes

Carnival of the Animals (2018)

Read about this classic Saint-Saëns work, reinvigorated through the vision of director and designer Lake...


Carnival of the Animals

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 4pm

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Music by Camille Saint-Saëns, with poetry by Ogden Nash

Miller's annual holiday treat returns, a playful production that brings Camille Saint-Saëns’s beloved work to life—Carnival of the Animals. Experience the magic, as everyday objects take on new lives as lions, elephants, and birds, through the incredible vision of director Lake Simons and some of New York’s best puppeteers. Just about an hour in length, this family-friendly presentation is a wonderful holiday tradition for imaginative audiences of all ages.

Additional performance: Saturday, December 15 at 1:00 p.m.


  • Lake Simons director and designer
  • Laura Barger music director and pianist
  • Kate Bashore lighting designer
  • Jennifer Kidwell narrator
  • Allen Dean puppeteer
  • Takemi Kitamura puppeteer
  • Erin Orr puppeteer
  • Justine Perkins puppeteer
  • Rachael Shane puppeteer
  • Eric Wright puppeteer
  • Laura Cocks flute
  • Olivia De Prato violin
  • Russell Greenberg percussion
  • Joshua Modney violin
  • Eleonore Oppenheim bass
  • Victor Lowrie Tafoya viola
  • Christa Van Alstine clarinet
  • Ning Yu piano


  • Camille Saint-Saëns  The Carnival of the Animals (1886)

Additional Information

Tickets: $15 - $30 for adults, $9 - $18 for children. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Each person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted.

Carnival of the Animals is a Miller Theatre at Columbia University production Commissioned by Miller Theatre at Columbia University.

Photo by Rob Davidson for Miller Theatre.