The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St., will kick off its grand re-opening weekend on Friday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. with “Animalia,” presented by Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets.

A quintessential children’s favorite, Animalia explores the magical world of animals. From the metamorphoses of a butterfly and a tadpole to a soaring eagle, a school of fish, ecological systems and endangered animals, all come to life during this performance by internationally award-winning puppeteer Hobey Ford and his Golden Rod Puppets.

Geared for children pre-K through sixth grade and their families, the performance features Hobey’s original “foamies” puppets carved from large blocks of foam with intricate mechanical design that gives each puppet realistic movements.

Hobey breaks out of the traditional puppet theater booth and turns the whole theater into his performance stage.

Advance tickets are now on sale for $10 (plus tax) per person. Tickets may be purchased online with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card. Tickets may also be purchased at the Renaissance Centre box office with cash, check or credit card. A $2 per ticket processing fee will be added to the cost of any ticket purchased with a credit card. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.

For more information, visit or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.