Firefly Shadow Theater takes the ancient art of shadow theater to delightfully modern heights. On a lighted screen, we present comic original vignettes and off-beat adaptations of little-known folktales. Visually stunning puppets and scenes, which are all FST creations, are illuminated by a variety of lighting effects. Part circus, part Commedia dell'Arte, totally enjoyable! FST was created in 2000 in Washington, D.C. by children's book author Mary Amato, and Andrea Caspari. Venues for Firefly's presentations include theaters, schools, clubs, libraries community centers and festivals from the DC area and Massachusetts to Macedonia! Currently Andrea Caspari is operating FST, based in Princeton, MA. If you're interested in workshops or presentations, please email aecaspari@yahoo.com.



Mary Amato is an award-winning writer of children's books, songs, plays, and musicals. Go to her website www.maryamato.com.

Andrea Caspari is an educator, program coordinator, translator, puppeteer and artist.


"The performance was charming, remarkably inventive, humorous and fascinating for adults as well as children.  That these delicate figures were able to hold an audience used to the bold velocioty, briliant colors and awesome hi-technology of digitized animated films is a credit to Firefly's selection and use of stories, sound effects, voices, music, and, most of all, the delightful artistry in the creation and operation of the puppets."

- Donn B. Murphy, The National Theatre, Washington, D.C.


"I was delightfully surprised and amazed by the performance. The clever script and beautiful visual images worked on a number of levels."

- Edward Purcell, District of Columbia Arts Center


"Utterly delightful!"

- Leslie Sapp, Washington Storytellers Theatre