MAINSTAGE SHOWS

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Fall Fairy Tale Festival

Explore kingdoms, castles, and enchanted lands with a puppeteer as your guide!

Sir George and the Dragon

by Pumpernickel Puppets

September 23 - 24 (Sat - Sun) | 1pm & 3pm

 

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. Then, get ready to move and groove with Pumpernickel's extraordinary walk-around puppets who will bring a swing to your step and a smile to your face!

Snow White and Other Stories

by Perry Alley Theatre

September 30 - October 1 (Sat - Sun) | 1pm & 3pm

 

Three fairy tales come to life as you have never seen them before in this imaginative production by the award-winning Perry Alley Theatre. See “Little Red Riding Hood” as it might have been performed in ancient Rome, play pranks with the medieval puppet cast of “The Princess and the Pea” and get a taste of Dad’s unusual sense of humor in a dinner-table retelling of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Live music, visual gags, and masterful puppetry make this a true delight for all ages.

The Three Little Pigs Build a Better House

by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre

October 7 - 8 (Sat - Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
October 9 (Mon) | 10:30am & 1pm Columbus Day

 

The three little pigs need new homes but aren’t sure if they can trust their architect, B. B. Wolfe, who might have ulterior motives. “Straw?” asks the first pig. “Excellent insulation,” says the wolf. “Sticks?” says the second. “Built-in ventilation,” replies the architect. “I’m using bricks!” says the third pig.” “Bricks are so old fashioned,” says the wolf. “So boring. So . . . solid.”

The award-winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre delivers a delightful and hilarious new take on an old tale, featuring beautiful puppetry, lively music and three adorable pigs.

Fairy Tale Tea Party

MEMBERS ONLY EVENT!
Monday October 9th (Columbus Day)
2:00 - 3:00pm

Join us after ''The Three Little Pigs Build a Better House'' for a Fairy Tale-inspired tea party exclusively for puppet showplace members. Dress up in your best tea party attire, or come dressed as your favorite fairy tale character. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and see a sneak-preview of our newest puppet show in progress! 

The Fairy Tale Tea Party will take place after Monday's 1pm performance. Buy tickets to "The Three Little Pigs Build a Better House" here!

Lisa the Wise

by Sarah Nolen

 October 14 - 15 (Sat - Sun) | 1pm & 3pm

 

Follow Lisa as she ventures into the woods to retrieve fire for her evil stepmother. Will she pass the tests of an old witch and make it home in time for supper? This imaginative shadow puppetry production is based on a traditional Russian fairy tale with a contemporary twist.

Puppet Playtime: Teddy Bear Picnic

by Phil Berman and Brenda Huggins

 October 21 - 22 (Sat - Sun) | 1pm & 3pm

 

"Puppet Playtime" is an interactive performance for very young children and their grown-ups. Join two friendly performers and their furry pal Bella Monster on a picnic adventure filled with stories, songs, and lots of teddy bear fun. Then, see "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" brought to life with a very silly hand puppet show. A perfect puppetry introduction for our youngest audiences!

Hansel and Gretel

by Tanglewood Marionettes

 October 28 - 29 (Sat - Sun) | 1pm & 3pm

 

"Hansel and Gretel" is a riveting adventure story about a brother and sister who get lost in the woods. In this original adaptation, each sibling has a different strength, but they must learn to work together if they want to get back home. Large-scale puppets, intricate scenery, and an exciting musical score will amaze audiences of all ages and inspire kids to get creative when faced with a challenge! Each performance includes a funny and awe-inspiring puppetry demonstration by master artist Peter Schaefer.

Timeless Tales

Discover folklore from around the world and meet classic (puppet) characters passed down through generations!

Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Tales

By Nappy's Puppets

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

 

How are there so many stories about Jack?! This clever comedic production brings to life the many nursery rhymes and Appalachian folktales that star a boy named Jack. With the hilarious shadow puppeteer Jim Napolitano as our guide, we’ll explore well-known tales like “Jack and Jill” and “Jack and the Beanstalk” along with lesser-known fables like “Big Jack and Little Jack.” Fans agree: you’ll never see "Jack" the same way again!

African Adventure Tales

by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre

November 9 (Thurs) | 10:30 am
November 10 (Fri) | 10:30 am & 1 pm Veterans Day
November 11 & 12 (Sat-Sun) | 1 pm & 3 pm

 

Two beloved folktales from Africa come to life in a puppet production that's filled with surprises! In “Koi and the Kola Nuts,” the youngest son of a tribal chief learns that kindness is greater than an inheritance of riches. Then, the famous trickster spider Anansi eats his way into a melon and fools the other animals into believing that the fruit itself can talk. Spectacular scenery and skillful storytelling make this a must-see performance.

Raccoon Tales

created by Paul Vincent Davis
performed by Brad Shur

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

 

"Raccoon Tales" features three humorous vignettes inspired by Native American just-so stories: "How the Fox and the Raccoon Trick Each Other," "Why the Blue Jay is Blue and the Gray Wolf Isn’t," and "Why the Bear has a Stumpy Tail." Together we'll journey deep into the forest with the trickster Ring-Around-His-Tail-Raccoon. Along the way, we'll meet lots of animal characters, from a beautiful Blue Jay to a not-so-bright Bear. Each story is brought to life with beautifully-designed hand puppets and scenery.

The Perils of Mr. Punch

by Modern Times Theater

Thanksgiving Weekend!
November 24 (Fri) | 10:30 am &  1 pm
November 25 & 26 (Sat-Sun) | 1 pm & 3 pm

 

Enjoy a taste of "Holiday Punch" with the world's most well-aged puppet trickster! In this ever-evolving saga by Modern Times Theater, Mr. Punch needs to work off his oversize Thanksgiving meal. His exercises include dancing with his wife Judy, subduing a crocodile, training his dog Toby (who looks suspiciously like a skunk), and more! Live music (played on everything from the ukulele to the bicycle pump) accompanies the hilarious journey. Modern Times Theater's extraordinary husband and wife duo bring this classic character to life with contemporary vaudeville flair and a modern family-friendly sensibility.

Beatrix Potter Tales

by Applause Unlimited

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

 

Explore the fantasy world of one of Victorian England's best-known authors! Set in an old-fashioned nursery, this performance includes three favorite Beatrix Potter stories as seen through the eyes of a young English girl growing up at the beginning of the twentieth century. As she learns and plays, the tales of "Two Bad Mice", "Jeremy Fisher", and "Jemima Puddleduck" seem to grow from her imagination. Large-scale puppets, masterful storytelling, and transforming scenery make this a must-see production!

Punschi: The Adventures of Kasper

by Sandglass Theater

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

Fox Fables

by WonderSpark Theater

December 14 & 15 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
December 16 & 17 (Sat-Sun) | 1 pm & 3pm

 

What makes you--YOU? When the Fox and his precious tail are separated, he tries out being other animals in order to discover a new identity. A close encounter with a lion teaches him the value of being himself! Beautiful hand puppets and WonderSpark's signature sense of humor bring this Aesop-inspired fable to life with lots of fun and audience interactivity.

Celebrate Hanukkah 2017! This puppet show adaptation was inspired by "Mishle Shualim" (Fox Fables) told by 12th century Rabbi Berechiah ha-Nakdan.

Winter Vacation weeks!

Celebrate the holidays with festive shows for all ages!

Puppet Playtime: Holiday Sing-a-long

by Phil Berman and Brenda Huggins

December 20 (Wed) | 10:30am, 1pm & 3pm

 

Join us for our annual holiday sing-a-long featuring Bella Monster, jingle-bells, and lots of snowy fun! Puppet Playtime is a fun, interactive performance experience designed for very young children. In each hour-long session, two friendly performers guide children (and their grown-ups) through sing-a-longs, stories, and imagination games. In addition to your favorite holiday tunes, enjoy FREE snacks and refreshments after the show!

Hansel and Gretel

By National Marionette Theatre

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

 

The story of Hansel and Gretel has captured the imagination of audiences for generations. Now, National Marionette Theatre brings this most famous of the Grimm Brother’s stories to life. Featuring exquisitely crafted marionettes, scrolling scenery and the beautiful music of Engelbert Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel is sure to delight the entire family!
 

The Frog Prince and Other Frogs

by Perry Alley Theatre

December 26-28 (Tues-Thurs) | 
10:30am & 1pm

 

Puppetry, music, and storytelling combine in this hilarious production about the wonderful world of Frogs. In "Frog, He Did a Courtin' Go," Mr. Frog does his best to marry Miss Mousie and avoid getting swallowed by a snake. Then, an enterprising frog attempts to replace the Big Bad Wolf in a very silly version of "Little Red Riding Hood." In "Frog and Eggplant," a magical spirit allows a dreary frog to trade places with...a vegetable. Finally, in “The Frog Prince,” an enchanted frog helps a very nearsighted Princess to finally see things clearly. Lots of live music and audience interaction make this production a fun, froggy experience!

Cinderella 

by Tanglewood Marionettes

December 29 (Fri) | 10:30am & 1pm
December 30 (Sat) | 10:30am, 1pm, & 3pm

 

Revisit 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!

Everybody Loves Pirates

by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

December 31 - January 1 (Sun-Mon) |
10:30am, 1pm, & 3pm

 

Eight-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way! The kids get some help from their new ocean-dwelling friends, including enthusiastic superhero Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick Crabby, and an overgrown sea monkey. “Everybody Loves Pirates” features 15 hand-crafted mouth and rod puppets, and an 8 foot paper-mache pirate ship. Don't miss this swashbuckling adventure that’s fun for the whole family!