MAINSTAGE SHOWS

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Timeless Tales

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

Raccoon Tales

created by Paul Vincent Davis
performed by Brad Shur

November 16 & 17 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
November 18 & 19 (Sat-Sun) |  1:00 & 3:00 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 &  1:00 pm
November 25 & 26 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 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) | 1:00 & 3:00 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.

Fox Fables

by WonderSpark Theater

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

 

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-Along

by Phil Berman and Brenda Huggins

December 20 (Wed) | 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm

 

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

 

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) | 
10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

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 & 1:00 pm
December 30 (Sat) | 10:30am, 1:00 pm, & 3:00 pm

 

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, 1:00 pm, & 3:00 pm

 

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!

New Year, New Shows!

An annual series featuring world premiere productions by local artists.

The Brementown Musicians

By CactusHead Puppets

January 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
January 15 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
January 19 (Fri) | 7:00 pm (Reception)

 

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 on the road to Bremen to pursue their dreams of stardom. Along the way, they encounter a fortune, foil some robbers, and learn how to work together in harmony. This production features loveable rod puppets, elaborate shadow scenes, and CactusHead puppets' signature sense of humor.

This production was developed with support from Puppet Showplace Theater's Incubator New Works Development Program.

The Fairy Tailor

by Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

February 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm                                                    February 9 (Fri) | 7:00 pm (Reception)      February 19 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Magical beings are known for their great sense of fashion. But who stitches together all of their stories? 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.
 

This production was developed with support from Puppet Showplace Theater's Incubator New Works Development Program and the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust.

FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK!

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The Firebird

by The Puppet People

February 20-21 (Tues-Wed) | 10:30am & 1:00pm

 

When the mythical firebird comes to life, anything is possible! Inspired by the Russian folktale and popular ballet, "The Firebird" tells the story of Ivan and Princess Yelena, who team up to break an enchantment placed over their kingdom. Their adventure unfolds with beautifully crafted marionettes, lavish costumes, vivid scenery, and a Stravinsky-inspired musical score.

Galapagos George

by Barefoot Puppet Theatre

February 22-23 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30am & 1:00 pm  February 24-25 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Meet George, a giant Galapagos tortoise, as he grows up in a world filled with sea turtles, lizards, hungry goats, and dancing blue-footed birdies. This puppet production, called an “uplifting eco-fable” by the Smithsonian Museum, is inspired by the true story of the last remaining Galapagos tortoise and the islands he calls home. Audiences of all ages will be touched by this story that teaches what it truly means to be one of a kind!