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Amelia and her Paper Tigers (FringeNYC)

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Absorbing

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: Amelia Earhart: famed adventurer, mystery-shrouded role model, and banjo player??! Explore Amelia's legacy and discover the challenges she faced through music, puppetry, circus arts, and an array of unforgettable characters from her life. Good for ages 4 to 104! More…

Categories: FringeJR, Comedy, Local. From Bond Street Theatre. Written by Heddy Lahmann-Rosen and Ilanna Saltzman. Directed by Gretchen Van Lente.

Amelia and Her Paper Tigers is a fun-filled look at the life of Amelia Earhart. This biographical adventure highlights Amelia’s determination to tackle her fears, challenge the status quo and her courage to follow her dreams. 

Bond Street Theatre company members, Heddy Lahmann-Rosen and Ilanna Saltzman, co-wrote and perform the show. Heddy plays Amelia, from her first flight until her disappearance in 1937. Ilanna plays an array of characters that Amelia meets along her journey: from a doting grandmother, to a bold female flight instructor, to the often overshadowed Fred Noonan, and more. Character changes occur onstage and are signified with quick costume and prop additions, making this a fast-paced, high energy tour of Amelia's legacy. This playful and poignant overview of Amelia's story is brought to life through physical storytelling, original songs, dance, puppetry, and stilt walking.

Member Reviews (6)


Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Absorbing
Avg Score

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Original

See it if you like clever, imaginative, children's theater that tells Amelia Earhart's story to a new generation.

Don't see it if you have no imagination or you hate children's theater. Am sorry I saw the last performance and not the first.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky, Funny

See it if You're looking for a sweetheart of a show with a few moments of utter magic.

Don't see it if You're not going to sing along and wave your hands in the air and enjoy yourself.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You love the movie

Don't see it if You hate France

Dated, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Was more comical.

Don't see it if If your not into a slower climax.

Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful, Great writing

See it if You have the heart of a child, are a child, love a child, appreciate lovely family theater about a great American heroine!

Don't see it if You're a real grouch, or terrified of flying or anything related to flying.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting

See it if you love imaginative, theatrical, moving stories for all ages.

Don't see it if you're not a kid at heart.

August 24th, 2016
"References to popular culture and music help to keep the story line relevant to the youthful audience, as well as fresh for those who are already familiar with Earhart’s story. Music (with the occasional use of a banjo), circus arts, and innovative puppetry ensure that the production holds the a...
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August 18th, 2016
“If you've been searching the Fringe for a family show, this one surely qualifies... Lahmann and Saltzman are a well-balanced artistic team...They boldly break the fourth wall, interact with the audience, and creatively involve them in the Earhart legend. ‘Amelia’ is both entertaining and educati...
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August 23rd, 2016
"Some of the theatrical moments are quite nice...The duo spends a lot of time making silly faces and sounds and dancing about in a comical manner, and I think this sometimes gets in the way of the story they are trying to tell. They could perhaps have a bit more faith in the subject matter...But ...
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