It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights. It’s time to virtually attend a live Q&A with a longtime employee Muppet employee tonight. That’s right: at 9 a.m. AEST, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York, is livestreaming an event featuring Greg Shemin, a longtime employee of the Jim Henson Company, and current president of the Jim Henson Legacy nonprofit organisation.
It’s time to meet the Muppets
Shemin will host a live question-and-answer session, along with Stephanie D’Abruzzo (who has been a Muppeteer for the past 27 seasons on Sesame Street), and Jim Lewis (a longtime Muppets staff writer). So basically, they know what they’re talking about. The trio will start out by answering questions from the live (virtual) studio audience — so this is definitely one that you’re going to want to catch when it’s live, if you can. Then after the Q&A, they will do a Muppet version of show-and-tell, where they’ll bring out (and then discuss) Henson-related artifacts.
This is part of the Jim Henson’s World series at the Museum of the Moving Image, which also includes a permanent exhibition of Henson items — featuring a donation of nearly 500 artifacts from the Henson family, including historic puppets, costumes, production design material and licensed merchandise. The series has regular events related to all-things-Muppet. While those used to take place in-person at the museum, it has, like many things, moved online. There’s another livestream event coming up on June 20th called “New Visions of Puppets On Screen.”
How to watch
The event is free, but the museum asks that you RSVP ahead of time, which you can do through this link. And if you’d like to make the suggested $15 donation, you can do so here. Right now, that’s a good investment, because we could all use a little more of the Muppets in our lives.