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Box Office Hours:
January 13: 12 - 4pm
January 14: 10am - 4pm AND 7 - 10pm
January 15: 10am - 4pm
January 16: 9:30am - 3pm (Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday)
New Year! New Shows!
by Good Hearted Entertainment
January 14 & 15 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm*
January 16 (Monday)** | 10:30am & 1pm
*ASL Interpreted performance
**Martin Luther King Jr. Day
"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 colorful puppet letters to create dozens of dynamic, 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 Word Zoo full of surprises. It’s the perfect blend of education and entertainment—a play on words, literally!
I Spy Butterfly (World Premiere!)
by Faye Dupras
January 21 & 22 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm*
January 27 (Friday) | 7pm + Reception
January 28 & 29 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
February 4 & 5 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
*ASL Interpreted Show
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 suddenly 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 ecological romp in the wild!
The Snow Queen (Boston Debut!)
by Monica Leo, Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre
February 9 & 10 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
February 11 & 12 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
Eulenspiegel's adaptation of this beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale springs to life on the snowy pages of two extra-large pop-up storybooks. The story follows Gerda as she travels to the ends of the earth to save her best friend, Kai, from the Snow Queen. Along her way she meets a host of eccentric characters, from a magical flower lady to a talking crow. The show features Bohemian-style marionettes, multiple puppetry styles, flamboyant costumes, live music, and lots of audience interactivity!
PUPPETS AROUND THE WORLD
Explore Stories and Puppetry Styles from Around the Globe
Hansel and Gretel
by Tanglewood Marionettes
February 16 & 17 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
February 18 & 19 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
February 20 (Monday) | 10:30am & 1pm Presidents' Day
"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 big challenges!
The Wizard of Oz
by The Puppet People
February 21, 22, & 23 (Tues, Wed, Thurs) | 10:30am & 1pm
Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they follow the Yellow Brick Road to The Emerald City in this joyous adaptation of a literary classic. Along the way, they learn about self confidence and the true value of home, courage, heart, and smarts. This puppet fantasy features marionettes, shadow puppets, rod puppets, a large parade puppet, and more!
Dreamtime: Tales from Down Under
by Barefoot Puppets
February 24 (Friday) | 10:30am & 1pm
February 25 & 26 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
Emus, crocodiles and frogs -- oh my! Experience the magic of "The Land Down Under" in this interactive performance inspired by traditional Aboriginal folktales. Learn about some truly unusual animals as a mother platypus tries to get her young one to sleep by sharing three stories from the Australian Dreamtime. In these "How and Why" tales, you'll learn how the emu became a flightless bird and why the platypus looks so strange. In the final story, you'll meet a giant, bloated ocean-swallowing frog...and help bring the water back!
by Barefoot Puppets
March 2 & 3 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
March 4 & 5 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
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!
by Resident Artist Brad Shur
March 9 & 10 (Thur & Fri) | 10:30am
March 11 & 12 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
"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 as our guide. 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.
Shadows Around the World
by Nappy's Puppets
March 16 & 17 (Thur & Fri) | 10:30am
March 18 & 19 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
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.
Hao Bang Ah, Rooster!
by Chinese Theater Works
March 23 & 24 (Thur & Fri) | 10:30am
March 25 & 26 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster in this fun and interactive show featuring a jolly selection of hand puppet vignettes based on popular songs and well-known Chinese sayings. Discover pearls of Rooster-themed wisdom from stories such as: “Hen crows like a Rooster in the morning,” “Fail to steal the Rooster, while it eats up all your bait!” and “Rooster talks to Duck.”
Audiences will be introduced to traditional Chinese New Year customs and foods (red envelopes, fish and “nian gao”) and also meet some other animals of the Chinese zodiac (Tigers, Rabbits, Dragons, Snakes, Horses, Sheep and Monkeys). Sing-alongs, games, and a post-show hands-on demonstration will make the Chinese language and cultural experience accessible to even the youngest audience members!
Punschi: The Adventures of Kasper
by Sandglass Theater
March 30 & 31 (Thur & Fri) | 10:30am
April 1 & 2 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
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.