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San Diegan stars in 'Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas' musical

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Jordan Brownlee
Jordan Brownlee is seen in this photo with his character Doc Bullfrog, the narrator of "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas," Nov. 23, 2021.

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas,” a television special that first aired on HBO in 1978, has returned as a theatrical production in New York.

The new musical stars Jordan Brownlee, a puppeteer and actor who is from San Diego. He joined KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday to talk about his puppeteering journey and the new production.

"I've been doing puppetry since I was about seven or eight years old," Brownlee said. "I was just a really big fan of 'The Muppets,' 'Sesame Street' and 'Bear in the Big Blue House,' and I just thought if they can do it, maybe I can try it too. So I started building puppets and I taught myself how to sew."

He said the musical is about two puppets, Emmet and Ma Otter who are struggling to make ends meet, so in order to get each other the Christmas gifts they want, they enter a talent show to win a cash prize.

The musical can be streamed online through The New Victory Theater's website through Sunday, Jan. 2.