MAINSTAGE SHOWS

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Summer Puppet Adventures

The Fairy Tailor

by Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

August 15-18 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Meet the Fairy Tailor, hard at work in her enchanted shop, where dressing racks and laundry baskets are known to have a mind of their own. Watch as she transforms everyday garments into extraordinary characters, and shares stories of bravery, from “Little Red Riding Hood(ie),” to “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” With the audience’s help, the Fairy Tailor summons the courage to take a stand against a giant, crafting a solution that combines cleverness with creativity. This colorful, interactive production is guaranteed to inspire audiences of all ages.
 

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Tommy's Space Adventure

by Puppet Art Theater Company
BOSTON DEBUT!
August 25-26 (Sat-Sun) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Tommy loves books about outer space and space aliens. His greatest wish is to someday meet a real live space alien. Little does Tommy know his wish is about to come true! Zeenon the Alien travels millions of light years to visit earth and to meet interesting earthlings like Tommy. Mad scientist, Dr. Lost N. Space is also interested in Space Aliens…interested in selling them for millions of dollars! Will Tommy be able to save his new found friend from the evil Dr. Lost N. Space? Find out in this funny and fast-paced show, never before seen in Boston!

The Fall Fairy Tale Festival

The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea

by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre
LABOR DAY WEEKEND!
September 1-2 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
September 3 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
 

 

Come along on a thrilling voyage chock full of sea monsters, shipwrecks, and mistaken pirate/princess identities. A pirate and a princess are on a treasure hunt, searching for the same clues. The princess stays one step ahead by tricking the pirate at every turn. But when the princess is in danger from a giant octopus, she quickly discovers the benefit of having a loyal crew! Featuring colorful scenery, multiple styles of puppetry, and original pirate songs, you won't want to miss the boat on this fun adventure tale!

Puss in Boots

by Perry Alley Theatre

September 8-9 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

This delightful puppet performance is a warm and witty retelling of the classic tale of a crafty cat and his outrageous adventures. With a little help from a feathered hat and a pair of magical boots, Puss leads his poor master on a journey to prosperity, with plenty of laughs along the way. This show is artfully presented with a marvelous mix of Renaissance style and pure fantasy. A modern "Cat-Rap" introduction adds to the feline fun.

A Woodland Cinderella

by Deborah Costine Nature Puppets

September 15-16 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

In Deborah Costine's award-winning adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella is a woodland fairy who lives with her bossy stepmother and cranky stepsister in an enormous old oak tree. When the King of all woodland fairies hosts a great ball and commands that every single fairy maiden in the land must attend, Cinderella braves her fears and shows what it means to be a true princess. Beautifully hand-crafted puppets, interactive storytelling, and nature-inspired scenery make this a fun and memorable production for audiences of all ages.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

by Pumpernickel Puppets

September 22-23 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Two classic tales make up this wonderful animal-inspired show. In "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," the quick-witted billy goats outsmart a troll, but the troll isn’t really mean – he’s just green, has a snaggletooth, and lives under a bridge. In "The Lion and the Mouse," two unlikely friends – one very big and one very small – learn to help each other to solve their problems. Both tales are told with colorful, friendly hand puppets and feature lots of audience interaction.

Father Goose's Tales

by Nappy's Puppets

September 29-30 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Trouble in the nursery! Mother Goose has taken the day off, and Father Goose must do all of the storytelling. "Father Goose's Tales" is a hilarious modern adaptation of favorite nursery rhymes and children's songs performed with masterful shadow puppetry. Each performance includes a puppet demonstration and lots of audience interaction. A delightful show for audiences young and old!

An Arabian Adventure

by Tanglewood Marionettes
COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND
October 6-7 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
October 8 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

“An Arabian Adventure” tells the tale of a prince who is thrown into a dungeon because of his love for a beautiful princess. Facing danger at every turn, the courageous prince must battle his way out of the underground prison to save his princess from a tragic fate. The production features over a dozen beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, exquisite “story-book” style scenery, and a soundtrack that combines traditional Western and Middle Eastern music.

Lisa the Wise

by Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

October 13-14 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

When Lisa, a brave young girl with a heart of gold, meets Baba Yaga, the most famous witch in the woods, an epic battle of wits ensues. Dancing houses, enchanted dolls, and hilarious "ghost servants" bring this classic Russian fairy tale to life with a contemporary twist. Imaginative shadow puppetry lights the way in this hilariously spooky story about the experiences that make us wise.

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!