MAINSTAGE SHOWS

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Puppets Around the World

Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup

by WonderSpark Puppets

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

 

"Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup" is a heartwarming story that revolves around two grandmothers, one Jewish and one Chinese, who come up with elaborate ways to show their granddaughter that their way of making chicken soup is the best. We visit the Book of Ruth as well as the story of The Monkey King. Based on the beloved PJ Library book by Pamela Mayer, the themes in this story include multi-racial families, cultural heritage, and the joy of cooking.

Lisa the Wise

by Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

March 28-29 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
March 30-31 (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.

Stories in Bloom!

Plant seeds of creativity with these multi-sensory shows.

Word Play

by Good Hearted Entertainment

April 4-5 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
April 6-7 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

"Word Play" uses clowning and puppetry to take audiences on an adventure through the alphabet. Words come to life in the hands of two skilled performers, who clown around with sounds and letters to create dozens of interactive characters and imaginative scenes. Audiences can make friends with vowels, teach tricks to a “C-A-T” and “D-O-G,” and visit a whole ZOO full of surprises. Live music and hilarious sound effects complete the fun! It’s the perfect blend of education and entertainment—a play on words, literally!

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

by CactusHead Puppets

April 11-12 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
April 13-14 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

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!

Members-Only!
Silly Hat Making Party

April 14 (Sun) | 4:00 pm

CactusHead adjusting the piper's hat

HATS OFF to our members! Join us after the 3:00pm performance of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" for a FREE craft!
Inspired by the Hamelin Haberdashery Hooplah, make your own silly hat in the Puppet Showplace lobby, then, pose for a picture or have your very own silly hat parade! The performers of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin", CactusHead Puppets, will be on hand with character inspiration from the show!

A Woodland Cinderella

by Deborah Costine Nature Puppets

April 16-17 (Tues-Wed) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

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.

Peter Rabbit Tales

by Tuckers’ Tales

April 18-19 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
April 20 (Sat) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit stories have been loved for generations. Now Tuckers' Tales brings them to life in irresistible style with clever scenery and turn-of-the-century costumes for an unforgettable theater experience. Join the performers for a sing-a-long before every show!

The Doubtful Sprout

by Liz Joyce & A Couple of Puppets

April 25-26 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
April 27-28 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Celebrate Earth Day with a whimsical eco-adventure! Tunnel down with Worm and Sprout to discover the mysterious life found inside soil. Along the way, kids help figure out the secrets of what Sprout needs to grow! Award-winning performer Liz Joyce brings this ecological wonderland to life with rotating scenery, multiple puppetry styles, projection art, and song!

I Spy Butterfly

by Faye Dupras and Max Weigert

May 2-3 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
May 4-5 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

How does a nature-loving explorer kid become a bug's best friend? Find out in this delightful eco-story about the ways we all grow and change. When Trudy's caterpillar friend Harold transforms into a chrysalis, she's determined to do the same. Just when she is about to give up hope, she learns that her tiny friend needs her now more than ever. Live music, colorful critters, and oodles of audience interaction make this show a fun romp in the wild!

Turtle’s Wetland Quest

by Deborah Costine Nature Puppets

May 9-10 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am

 

New England animals are the stars of this charming story about friends in a wetland habitat. The little pond where Blanding the Turtle has lived for many years is no longer safe because a road has been built between there and the place she goes to lay her eggs. When she meets young Castor the Beaver, who is eager to build a dam, she sees that her pond problems might be solved! Along the way, we also meet a young boy and his babysitter who learn together how to look closely at nature. Deborah Costine brings this story to life with a naturalist's eye, conveying ecological details through expert design. Each show begins with a hands-on presentation of real-world specimens from the woodlands of Massachusetts!

Cinderella

by Tanglewood Marionettes

May 11-12 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

"Cinderella" is the classic story of a young woman whose good heart transports her from rags to royalty. This production, featuring a witty script and over a dozen lavishly costumed marionettes, is a Tanglewood Marionettes masterpiece. All of your favorite characters are here, from gentle Cinderella and the charming Prince, to the bumptious stepsisters and the magical Fairy Godmother. This telling is based on the original beloved tale, with a few unexpected surprises!

The Perils of Mr. Punch: That’s What I Call Sweet Music!

by Modern Times Theater

May 16-17 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
May 18-19 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Follow the ongoing troubles and travails of Mr. Punch, puppetry’s favorite loudmouth, as he sings his way through trouble, adventure, and triumph in this hilarious new production by Modern Times Theater. Included in the cast are the Bozo Brothers, who delight audiences with their dynamic percussive dance routines; a savage lion that can only be subdued by soothing music; and Mr. Punch’s cranky baby! See hand-puppetry at its best, in a style that has entertained both children and grown-ups for centuries. It addition to the puppet show, the program features a mini concert, offering selections from an extensive repertoire of early jazz, classic American folk songs, and original novelty numbers, performed on the cornet, ukulele, and bicycle pump.

Pinocchio

by National Marionette Theatre

May 23-24 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
May 25-26 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
May 27 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

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, featuring beloved characters from the Blue Fairy to the enormous Whale. 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.

The Legend of the Banana Kid

by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

May 30-31 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
June 1 (Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Little Chucky loves to watch TV Westerns. One day, he meets a mysterious cowboy who takes him to a remote town that is being harassed by a seedy group of outlaws. Chucky, pretending to be a local hero, rides into town on his trusty goat, outsmarts the bad guys, and brings justice back to the people... using bananas as his weapon of choice! Three puppeteers and over a dozen handmade puppet characters will have you cheering on the little guy in this hilarious adventure tale!

Cozy Corner

by Faye Dupras & Max Weigert

June 6-7 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
June 8 (Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Join Max, Rory, their friendly neighbors, and a delightful cast of puppet pals as they learn and play in a world full of wonder. Discover gentle surprises in every nook and cranny before finally setting off on a storytime adventure. Audiences will love this sensory-friendly performance and very interactive show!

Cozy Corner is a great introduction to live theater and is specially designed for very young audiences. The show nurtures children’s social-emotional development through the exploration of themes of kindness, friendship, generosity, equity, and inclusivity. We provide a welcoming, "lights-on," flexible environment for children and caretakers alike!

The Fairy Circus

by Tanglewood Marionettes

June 13-14 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
June 15 (Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Join us for a dazzling display of circus acts performed in an enchanted garden. "The Fairy Circus" is a showcase for turn-of-the-century style trick puppetry, performed by over 20 beautifully handcrafted marionettes. Fairies, field mice, and other small critters dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the music of favorite classical composers. Each performance includes an interactive puppetry demonstration before and after the show!