MAINSTAGE SHOWS

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The Fall Fairy Tale Festival

Enjoy classic tales with a puppetry twist!

The Bremen Town Musicians

by CactusHead Puppets

October 20-21 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

What can a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster do when they have to leave their farm? Become world famous musicians, of course! CactusHead Puppets brings to life the hilarious tale of four farm animals who set out to pursue their dreams of stardom. Along the way, they foil some robbers, discover riches, and learn how to work together in harmony. This production features elaborate shadow puppetry, lovable rod puppets, and CactusHead Puppets' signature sense of humor.

The Bella Show

by Brenda Huggins & Phil Berman

October 27-28 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Go on a pink and furry adventure with Bella and her friends! "The Bella Show" features live music, interactive play, and short puppetry vignettes especially designed for our youngest audiences (and their grown ups). Don your favorite costume as Bella dresses up for an imagination adventure. You're guaranteed to be moving, grooving, and singing along by the time we're through!

Legends Near and Far

Hand crafted tales to treasure forever!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

by Stevens Puppets

November 1-2 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
November 3 (Sat) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
November 4 (Sun) | 1:00 pm

 

See Washington Irving's classic story brought to life in a silly-not-scary way with beautiful wooden marionettes, dramatic music, and magical effects. Children of all ages will follow the lanky school master, Ichabod Crane, as he sings, dances, and falls in love with Katrina Van Tassel. When the village goofball Brom Bones tries to run Ichabod out of town by telling him the tale of The Headless Horseman, things begin to go haywire! Each performance features a marionette puppet demonstration after the show.

Cardboard Explosion!

by Paper Heart Puppets

November 8-9 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
November 10-11 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Get ready for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! "Cardboard Explosion!" brings original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show!

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Go Home Tiny Monster

by the Gottabees
SNEAK PREVIEW - VETERAN’S DAY

November 12 (Mon) | 10:30am and 1:00 pm

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Local legends The Gottabees have a brand new show for families! Want to be the first-ever audiences to sneak a peek? Join us on Veteran's Day Monday for a performance, popsicle party, and an up close and personal meet-and-greet with all members of the cast...both human and puppet, of course!

One day, Sylvie and her family of handcrafted creatures suddenly find themselves in need of a new home. Luckily, they have an audience full of people who can help them out. ''Go Home Tiny Monster'' features The Gottabees’ trademark mix of puppetry, joyously absurd silliness, physical theater, live music, and surprising poignancy. 

A Tale of the Monkey King

by Margaret Moody Puppets

November 15-16 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
November 17-18 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

A lively episode of the Chinese epic “Journey to the West” comes to life with traditional Taiwanese hand puppets and choreography. The Chinese Monkey King delights in his new job in the Heavenly Peach Garden, snatching delicious, forbidden peaches and hoping to learn how immortals live forever. When he finds out that he's been left out of the Jade Emperor’s Peach Blossom Banquet, Monkey flies off to make mischief! Audiences will discover the amazingly nimble and acrobatic Bu Dai Xi puppetry style from Margaret Moody, who studied extensively in Taiwan and is now widely recognized as a skillful American practitioner of this awe-inspiring art form.

The Case of the Missing Cookies

by WonderSpark Puppets
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
November 23 (Fri) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
November 24-25 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

When Nancy's favorite snack goes missing, only one detective is clever enough, brave enough, and smart enough to solve the case - Mystery Max! Join Max on a wild adventure to solve the case of the missing cookies. Along the way we'll meet crazy characters, make new friends, sing songs and find clues. Find out "whodunit" in this fun and interactive show!

The Lion & the Mouse & Other Tales

by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre

November 29-30 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
December 1-2 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

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 takes audiences around the globe to tell stories that show how 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 big and small!

Tall Tales: Stories and Songs from Old New England

by Paper Heart Puppets

December 6-7 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
December 8-9 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

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!

The Snowflake Man

by PuppetKabob

December 13-14 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
December 15-16 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

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!

Punschi: The Adventures of Kasper

by Sandglass Theater

December 20-21 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
December 22-23 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
December 24 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Join the German hand puppet hero Kasper on two imaginative adventure stories that come to life on a whimsical puppet stage made out of a giant umbrella! When Kasper’s best friend, the endearing giant Augustine, wins an airplane in a sweepstakes, Kasper accidentally flies off! Luckily, Grandma and her clothesline come to the rescue. In the second story, Kasper’s efforts to go on a journey are flustered by a comical cow who steals his suitcase and sends Kasper and his friends on a rollicking chase. Audiences of all ages will delight in this interactive call-and-response show complete with musical interludes, comical banter in English and German, and appearances by the feisty clown named Tschokolino. Originally created by German-born puppeteer Ines Zeller Bass, Punschi is now proudly presented by Ines’ daughter Jana.

Santa Mouse

by Wayne Martin Puppets

December 26-27 (Wed-Thurs) | 10:30 am

 

"Santa Mouse," the timeless and beloved Michael Brown story, is magically brought to life by award-winning puppeteer Wayne Martin. Martin’s beautifully-crafted puppets tell the charming tale of the little mouse with no name who lives all alone in a great big house. One Christmas Eve, he gives a special gift to Santa and becomes the helper Saint Nick could never do without! A lively winter-themed puppet cabaret follows this yuletide tale, featuring extraordinary large-scale marionettes. See dazzling tricks and transformations as you meet Rudolph, Peter and Penelope Penguin, Frosty, and even a Juggling Christmas Tree!

Peter and the Wolf

by National Marionette Theatre

December 28 (Fri) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm December 29-30 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
December 31-January 1 (Mon-Tues) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Prokofiev’s musical masterpiece "Peter and the Wolf" has enchanted audiences for almost a century. National Marionette Theater's hand-crafted masterpiece tells the story of how Peter, along with his animal friends, outsmarts and captures a wolf. Each performance begins with a "pre-concert" talk by a charming marionette conductor who demonstrates — with a bit of slapstick humor — how each instrument has its own distinctive character. Will Peter capture the hungry wolf and save his animal friends? Find out in this stunning production, featuring hand-painted scrolling scenery and intricately designed marionettes.