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Tickets may be purchased in person at the theater.
Fall Box Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 12 - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 4pm
Get In On the Fun with These Interactive Shows!
The Bugtown Follies
by Robert Rogers Puppet Company
October 29 & 30 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
"The Bugtown Follies" is a hilarious vaudeville pageant filled with lovable creepy crawlies of all shapes and sizes. Master of Ceremonies Bugsby Berkeley, a grasshopper extraordinaire, welcomes acrobatic ants, tap-dancing spiders, and butterfly beauty contestants in this colorful cabaret. This fun and interactive show is a great spook-free way for our youngest audiences to celebrate Halloween weekend!
Trick-or-Treat on Station Street
October 31, 4:30-6:30pm
Trick-or-treaters of all ages are invited to drop by Puppet Showplace on Halloween night for an open-house event with free activities and prizes! Make your own Halloween-themed shadow puppet to take home, meet Dr. Doohickey and explore his monster laboratory, and more! This is a FREE community event. Reservations are not required but strongly encouraged.
Characters big and small team up to learn, play, and save the day!
The Lion and the Mouse
by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre
November 3 & 4 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
November 5 & 6 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
Can a tortoise win a tug of war with a mighty elephant? Can a tiny mouse help an enormous lion? Can a jackal outwit a tiger twice his size? Find out as Crabgrass Puppet Theatre travels the globe to tell stories that show even the small and weak can have a big impact on others. With beautiful puppets and lots of laughter, this show will inspire puppet fans of all shapes and sizes!
The Pied Piper
by CactusHead Puppets
November 10 (Thurs) | 10:30am
November 11* (Friday) | 10:30am & 1pm
November 12 & 13 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
The town of Hamelin has a rat problem, and there's only one person who can help! CactusHead Puppets brings the story of the Pied Piper to life in this kid-friendly comedic adaptation of the traditional folktale. Not only does the town find a musical solution to pest control, but the kids of Hamelin make a new friend and teach the grownups a lesson about generosity. This production features multiple puppetry styles, a silly hat contest, and plenty of dancing rats!
*Make Your Own Rod Puppet Workshop follows the 1pm show on Friday Nov 11th!
by Resident Artist Brad Shur
November 17 & 18 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
November 19 & 20 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
Explore the wilds of Sherwood Forest in this rollicking retelling of the classic adventure tale! When Robin discovers that the Sheriff of Nottingham is up to no good, he sees his chance to fight back and fulfill his dream of becoming a hero. Of course, he'll need a little help from his friends. Join Maid Marion, Little John, and a mischievous deer with excellent taste in clothes on a medieval mission to save the forest. This production features hilarious dialogue, original music, and beautifully-crafted costumes and scenery.
Lollipops for Breakfast
by The Gottabees
November 25 (Friday) | 10:30am & 1pm
November 26 & 27 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
Everyone knows you can’t have lollipops for breakfast! But today, Sylvie decides she’s going to break that rule, even if it means she has to make her own amazingly perfect lollipop from scratch. Come along as she and her trusty pet bird search for missing ingredients, wrestle with giant candy machines, and get lost in a magical pop-up cookbook. "Lollipops for Breakfast" is a wildly imaginative ode to children’s boundless creativity. The performance, told entirely without words, features multiple styles of puppetry, original live music, acrobatics, and lots of audience participation.
The Velveteen Rabbit
by Applause Unlimited
December 1 & 2 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
December 3 & 4 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
Margery Williams' classic children's book comes to life through puppetry, storytelling, song, and a magic trick (or two!) in this gentle, heartfelt production about the power of friendship. "The Velveteen Rabbit" tells the tale of a young boy and his favorite stuffed animal as they grow up together in the nursery. Although the other toys snub the rabbit for being simple and old-fashioned, the boy's love makes the rabbit feel real. A popular show for the young and young at heart, it will be loved by anyone who has ever had a favorite toy.
The Snowflake Man
December 8 & 9 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
December 10* & 11 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
Hop aboard a train to the 1920s to find the friendliest inventor you'll ever meet! "The Snowflake Man" tells the story of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, the self-educated farmer and scientist who attracted world attention when he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal. This charming production combines art, science, and a little known piece of New England history to magical effect!
*Pop Up Puppet Theater Workshop follows the show on Saturday Dec 10th!
Tall Tales: Stories and Songs from Old New England
by Resident Artist Brad Shur and Chris Monti
December 15 & 16 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
December 17 & 18 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
Have you ever wanted to sing along with a sea shanty? Or dive deep into a fox's den? Then come along on this whirlwind tour of New England's tallest tales! Along the way, you'll make Thomas Jefferson the world's largest wheel of cheese, sail the ocean with the legendary giant sailor Alfred Bulltop Stormalong, and meet a very fashionable bear by the name of Jenny Jenkins. Drawing from three hundred years of stories, songs, and local history, there is sure to be something for everyone in this fun and interactive show!
December vacation week
Peter and the Wolf
by National Marionette Theatre
December 22 & 23 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
December 24 (Sat) | 10:30am, 1pm, & 3pm
Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf has enchanted audiences since its premier in 1936. Set in turn of the century Russia, this elegant production tells the story of how Peter, along with his animal friends, outsmarts and captures a wolf. Each performance begins with a bumbling conductor who introduces the orchestral instruments and demonstrates--with a bit of slapstick humor--how their sounds represent each character in the story. The production features the beautiful music of Prokofiev’s orchestral score combined with stunning scenery and hand-crafted marionettes.
by National Marionette Theatre
Dec 26 & 27 (Mon & Tues) | 10:30am & 1pm
Carlo Collodi's epic about a puppet who wants to become a real boy is a classic example of storytelling at its best. National Marionette's adaptation is a faithful retelling of this childhood favorite. Follow Pinocchio as he goes on a series of adventures and discovers that only by being truthful, selfless, and kind to others will he realize his dream of becoming a real live boy.
Sir George and the Dragon
by Pumpernickel Puppets
Dec 28 & 29 (Wed & Thurs) | 10:30am & 1pm
Join an adventurous princess as she journeys to Mystery Mountain to visit the Great Green Dragon. Along the way you'll meet Zelda the babysitter, Sir George and his clumsy dog, and of course, a lovable dragon. Everything ends happily in this fun and festive fairy tale about the unlikeliest of friends.
Squirrel Stole My Underpants
by The Gottabees
December 30 (Fri) | 10:30am & 1pm
Dec 31 & Jan 1 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
Sylvie is sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel steals her favorite piece of clothing and runs off. When Sylvie gives chase, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket, and curious characters show her the way through mysterious lands. Will our lonely heroine rescue her underpants and discover the magic within herself? Join us on this adventure to find out! As a special holiday treat, "Squirrel Stole My Underpants" will be performed with LIVE MUSIC at all shows.