The Center for Puppetry Arts is celebrating the opening of a brand-new special exhibition about Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal with the highly anticipated The Dark Crystal Ball on Thursday, August 30. Due to the popularity of the past Labyrinth Masquerade Balls, the Center is bringing a new spin to the fan-favorite event with themes from The Dark Crystal film. In the spirit of the movie, the evening will kick off with the healing of the Crystal to initiate the party. The elaborate event will feature special guests from The Jim Henson Company, a costume contest and a New Year’s Eve-style countdown to the Great Conjunction.
To create a fully immersive experience, the Center will be transformed into the fantasy world of the film and special guests will attend including Halle Stanford, president of television for The Jim Henson Company and executive producer of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
Guests are encouraged to wear Dark Crystal-inspired costumes or fantasy masquerade attire and masks. Brian Henson will judge the costume contest, and three winners will take home an assortment of exclusive prizes.
This event is for ages 18 and up and will take place at the Center for Puppetry Arts from 7-11 p.m. Beer and wine will be for sale, and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. All guests will receive a custom-made souvenir crystal shard.
The special exhibit Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic will open to the public on August 31 in the Center’s Dean DuBose Smith Special Exhibits Gallery, with Member preview days Aug. 25-30. More than 50 items will be on display, including iconic puppet characters, props, costumes, puppet prototypes, Brian Froud’s original concept art, behind-the-scenes photos and more.
General admission tickets are $175 and include access to The Dark Crystal Ball, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum and the Dark Crystal special exhibit. Tickets can be purchased online at puppet.org or by calling the ticket office at 404.873.3391.