Anthony Rais is a multitalented entertainer. In his unique marionette presentation, Rais shatters the stereotype of kiddie puppet shows, elevating a centuries-old art to new heights. From Las Vegas to Dubai, conventions to galas, he has enchanted and delighted audiences of all ages with his marionette artistry. He was one of a select few invited to participate and perform in a prestigious conference of world renown puppeteers held at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in Connecticut. Stretching the limits of puppetry, Rais, an accomplished figure skater, introduced his marionettes to the ice stage in a production of “Magic Ice Rainbow” earning rave reviews.
In the Boston Ballet’s gala production, “Oui Can-Can You,” Rais’ marionettes delighted special guest, Princess Grace of Monaco. His characters are hand crafted with special attention to detail. Costuming, music and lighting create a unique entertainment experience that never fails to delight. Just as Cirque du Soleil redefined and reenergized our concept of “circus,” this marionette production brings a fresh, new vitality to an irresistible theatrical genre. One really gets caught up in the personalities of the characters, completely forgetting that they are wood and string.