A tale of courage, generosity, renewal

“The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale” is a one-of-a-kind fulldome planetarium show that immerses its audience in a timeless fable of courage, generosity and renewal. Its story explores the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring.

The fable’s star, a young girl born into a family of nomadic storytellers, embarks on a simple quest that leads her to a dragon’s nest. What will she discover there, and how will it help her save her village?

Morehead collaborated with Paperhand Puppet Intervention to develop the story and visuals of “The Longest Night.” The Morehead production team seamlessly wove together live-action video of Paperhand’s world-class puppeteers with beautiful and intricate fulldome animation to create this innovative and imaginative show. Its cast and crew comprised dozens of puppeteers and production professionals, and The Paperhand Band created original music for the show.

“The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale” opened in November 2012, and will run through Feb. 24, 2013. Show times are Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Read about how digital technologies from UNC’s Renaissance Computing Institute helped create The Longest Night.

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Published December 28, 2012.