MAINSTAGE SHOWS

Each week, we feature a different puppet show for youth and family audiences. Buy tickets below, or call the box office at 617-731-6400 x 101. For more info, visit our Frequently Asked Questions, see shows and events in Calendar View, check our Hours & Directions, or view Ticket Prices.

Out of this World!

A seasonal celebration of inventors, explorers, and pioneers!

African Adventure Tales

by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre

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

The Bremen Town Musicians

by CactusHead Puppets

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

 

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 funny, inspiring tale of four farm animals who set out to pursue their dreams of stardom. Along the way, they foil some robbers, discover riches, and learn how to work together in harmony. This production features elaborate shadow puppetry, lovable rod puppets, and CactusHead Puppets' signature sense of humor.

Go Home Tiny Monster

by The Gottabees

November 29 (Fri) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
November 30-December 1 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

After a sudden storm, Sylvie and her loving family of homespun 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” is a wildly creative theatrical ode to a community's generosity. The show, told entirely without words, features The Gottabees’ signature mix of puppetry, live music, physical theater, and joyously absurd silliness.

OGO

by Théâtre des Petites Âmes (Theater of the Little Souls)

December 5-7 (Thurs-Sat) | 10:30 am

 

Join artists from Québec on a whimsical journey in this internationally-acclaimed show about the power of imagination! Three strangers have received an invitation from Ogo. Hoping for an adventure, they wait and wait, but Ogo never shows up. What starts out as boring becomes an exciting opportunity for play and discovery. Ogo is a tribute to the kindness, curiosity, and creativity that are unleashed when we have nothing to do but wait. The show celebrates the imagination of young spectators and is accompanied by live music on the harmonica, melodia, kalimbola and xylophone.

Snow White and Other Tales

by Perry Alley Theatre

December 7-8 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

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 Snowflake Man

by Sarah Frechette, PuppetKabob

December 12-13 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
December 14-15 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Hop aboard a train to the 1920s to find the friendliest inventor you'll ever meet! "The Snowflake Man" tells the story of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, the self-educated farmer and scientist who attracted world attention when he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal. This charming production combines art, science, and a little known piece of New England history to magical effect!

Holiday Sing-Along

with Sarah Nolen and Phil Berman

December 19-20 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am

 

Celebrate the season with a family friendly sing-a-long featuring dancing snowmen, jingle bells, and lots of snowy fun! Two friendly performers guide children (and their grownups) through sing-alongs, stories, and imagination games. Especially designed for our youngest audiences, this highly interactive puppet cabaret includes many secular holiday favorites, as well as songs from cultures around the world.

December Vacation Week

The Fairy Circus

by Tanglewood Marionettes

December 21-22 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 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!

Cinderella

by Tanglewood Marionettes

December 23-26 (Mon-Tues, Thurs) | 10:30 am & 1:00 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!

Peter and the Wolf

by National Marionette Theatre

December 27 (Fri) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
December 28 (Sat) | 1:00 & 3:00 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.

The Amazing Story Machine

by Doppelskope

December 29 (Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
December 30 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
December 31-January 1 (Tues-Wed) | 10:30 am, 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

The Grimm family is on the verge of unveiling The Amazing Story Machine, which runs on steam and dreams and promises to revolutionize how stories are told. When the contraption malfunctions, they have to invent a way to tell stories on the spot. With help from the audience and a cast of unique puppet characters, fairy tales like “The Hare and the Hedgehog” and “The Brave Little Tailor” spring to life. This charming and highly interactive show features multiple styles of puppetry, original live music, and lots of creativity!

New Year, New Shows!

Magnificent Monster Circus

by CactusHead Puppets

January 11-12 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
January 18-19 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
January 20 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
January 25-26 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Come one, come all, to a circus like no other! Encounter magnificent creatures from the wilds of your imagination as their quirky human caretaker tries to teach them new tricks. Kids can lend a hand to Eustice the Unicycling Unimonster, make friends with a Fiery Fanged Worm, cheer for Agnes the many-legged Acropod, and more! This colorful, silly, multi-sensory show is a perfect match for our youngest audiences.

Thank you to the National Endowment for the Arts and the Somerville Arts Council for supporting the development of this show.

My Night in the Planetarium

by Tanya Nixon-Silberg, Wee The People
based on the book by Innosanto Nagara

puppet design by Sarah Nolen

February 1-2 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
February 8-9 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
February 15-16 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
February 17 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Best-selling author Innosanto Nagara's true story of artistic resistance comes to life as a dynamic pop-up puppet show. Created and performed by Inno’s friend and fellow artist/activist, Tanya Nixon-Silberg, the piece transports audiences to Jakarta in the 1970s, where young Inno learns firsthand how a play has political power. The piece, designed by puppeteer Sarah Nolen, is brought to life with a rich soundscape, visual transformations, and kid-centered lessons about social justice.

Thank you to the Jim Henson Foundation and The Boston Foundation’s Live Arts Boston grant program for supporting the development of this show.