MAINSTAGE SHOWS

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Winter Vacation Weeks!

Hand crafted tales to treasure forever!

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 & 1:00 pm

 

"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 Theatre'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.

New Year, New Shows!

Featuring world premiere productions by local artists.

Judy Saves the Day!

by Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

January 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
January 21 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Inspiring stories spring to life in this feisty, modern, hilarious show. First, when a bumbling King gets stuck in the bathtub, plumbers save the kingdom and live to tell the tale. Then, after being pushed around for over 200 years, the famous hand puppet heroine Judy has had enough! Cheer her on as she goes on a quest for respect, justice, and a well-deserved nap. Short pop-up performances in between acts put Sarah Nolen's hand-crafted humor on display.

Go Home, Tiny Monster

by The Gottabees

February 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
February 18 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

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. 

February Vacation Week!

Little Red and the Gingerbread Man

by Barefoot Puppets

February 19-21 (Tues-Thurs) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Get ready to laugh along with two cookie-themed tales baked into one! This show combines "Little Red Riding Hood" with "The Gingerbread Man" to create an original, fun-filled romp through the forest. Join Little Red she pursues a mischievous Gingerbread cookie all the way to Grandmother’s house. Original music, snowy scenery, and everyone’s favorite Big Bad Wolf make this a seasonal favorite!

Trickster Tales!

by Barefoot Puppets

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

 

Can a spider defeat an elephant at tug-of-war? Overpower a python? Capture a cloud of hornets? With Anansi the Spider, world famous trickster, all things are possible...if you only have a plan! This show brings traditional stories from West Africa to life with beautifully expressive rod puppets, colorful scenery, original music, and fun special effects. It's a high-energy show with lots of laughs!

Puppets Around the World

Jack and the Beanstalk

by Dream Tale Puppets

February 28-March 1 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
March 2-3 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

When Jack sells the family cow for three magic beans, he launches his family on a rags-to-riches adventure! This joyous and imaginative production transports audiences up the beanstalk and into the land of giants using every style of puppet character, from masks to marionettes. Lively narration, beautiful design, and hilarious physical comedy make this a memorable show for audiences of all ages.

Shadows Around the World

by Nappy’s Puppets

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

 

Travel the world with shadows, stories and songs! For thousands of years, people all over the world have loved to perform with puppets, and one of the oldest and most wonderful puppetry styles is shadow puppetry. In this fun and interactive show, you'll meet everyone from elegant Chinese Emperors to the topsy-turvy Turkish trickster Karagoz. Along the way, the hilarious Jim Napolitano will be your guide! Audiences of all ages will enjoy this fun opportunity to explore world cultures and history, learn about traditional storytelling, and witness the exciting journey of shadow puppetry as an art form.

Little One-Inch

by Red Herring Puppets

March 14-15 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
March 16-17 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Little One-Inch is a traditional Japanese folktale about an orphan boy who remains very tiny even as he grows in years. When he comes of age, Little One-Inch sets off on an adventure using a rice bowl as a boat and a chopstick as his oar. Along the way, he befriends a princess, battles an ogre, and eventually transforms into a tall and handsome samurai. This enchanting production features beautifully costumed marionettes, elaborate scenery, witty rhymes, and a scrolling backdrop painted with Japanese Sumi-e ink.

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.