by Brad Shur, Resident Artist
June 1 & 2 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
June 3 (Sat) | 10:30am & 1pm
Get ready for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! "Cardboard Explosion!" brings original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show!
A Woodland Cinderella
by Deborah Costine Nature Puppets
June 8 (Thurs) | 10:30am
June 9 (Fri) | 10:30am SOLD OUT
June 10 (Sat) | 10:30am & 1pm
In Deborah Costine's award-winning adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella is a woodland fairy who lives with her bossy stepmother and cranky stepsister in an enormous old oak tree. When the King of all woodland fairies hosts a great ball and commands that every single fairy maiden in the land must attend, Cinderella braves her fears and shows what it means to be a true princess. Beautifully hand-crafted puppets, interactive storytelling, and nature-inspired scenery make this a fun and memorable production for audiences of all ages.
Puppet Playtime: Bugs!
by Brenda Huggins and Phil Berman
June 15 & 16 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
June 17 (Sat) | 10:30am & 1pm
Puppet Playtime is an interactive performance experience for very young children (and their grown-ups!) Join two friendly performers and their furry pal Bella Monster for stories and songs all about bugs and life in the garden. This performance includes familiar bug-themed favorites such as "The Ants Go Marching" and "The Hungry Caterpillar," as well as original songs like "I've Got a Leg Up on You!"
Summer Puppet AdVENTURES
Search for buried treasure, sail the open seas, and meet fantastical creatures great and small with our annual summer adventure series!
The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea
by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre
July 5 - 8 (Wed - Sat) | 10:30am & 1pm
Come along on a thrilling voyage chock-full of sea monsters, shipwrecks, and mistaken pirate/princess identities. A pirate and a princess are on a treasure hunt, searching for the same clues. The princess stays one step ahead by tricking the pirate at every turn. But when the princess is in danger from a giant octopus, she quickly discovers the benefit of having a loyal crew! Featuring colorful scenery, multiple styles of puppetry, and original pirate songs, you won't want to miss the boat on this fun adventure tale!
Summer Open House
July 8 (Saturday) | 11:30am - 2:30pm
Celebrate the start of summer with the loyal Puppet Showplace crew! Bring your own shadow sea creature to life, learn about upcoming performances, meet the master artists of Crabgrass Puppet Theater, and enjoy FREE popsicles after every show.
The Open House will be ongoing between 11:30am and 2:30pm. Buy tickets to "The Pirate, The Princess, and the Pea" here! Performances at 10:30am and 1:00pm.
by Good Hearted Entertainment
July 12 - 15 (Wed - Sat) | 10:30am & 1pm
"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 letters to create dozens of 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 whole ZOO full of surprises. Live music and hilarious sound effects complete the fun! It’s the perfect blend of education and entertainment—a play on words, literally!
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
by CactusHead Puppets
July 19 - 22 (Wed - Sat) | 10:30am & 1pm
The town of Hamelin has a rat problem, and there's only one person who can help! CactusHead Puppets brings the story of the Pied Piper to life in this kid-friendly comedic adaptation of the traditional folktale. Not only does the town find a musical solution to pest control, but the kids of Hamelin make a new friend and teach the grownups a lesson about generosity. This production features multiple puppetry styles, a silly hat contest, and plenty of dancing rats!
The Great Red Ball Rescue
by Faye Dupras
July 26 - 29 (Wed - Sat) | 10:30am & 1pm
Red alert! A family trip to the beach goes awry when a young boy's favorite red ball gets whisked away by the tides. Can he summon the courage to get it back? Join Jasper, a timid kid with a big imagination, as he sets out on an adventure across the ocean, under the waves, and up into the clouds. Along the way, he meets fantastical fortune tellers, thieving fishermen, and many mysterious creatures of the deep. Will he ever reclaim his favorite Red Ball from the clutches of the sea? Find out in this visually stunning production featuring multiple styles of puppetry, an original score, and lots of sea-faring fun!
Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog
by Mesner Puppet Theater
August 2 - 5 (Wed - Sat) | 10:30am & 1pm
Mother Hubbard does her best to provide her dog with all the canine comforts he could ever want. The dog proves to have a very active imagination, for every time Hubbard leaves the room, the dog sets off on a variety of adventures! He imagines himself as a crooning rockstar, a cowboy in the wild west, and even as Luke Dogwalker from Star Wars. What will he think of next? Hilarious and memorable hand puppet characters bring this comical tale to life.
by Red Herring Puppets
August 9 - 12 (Wed - Sat) | 10:30am & 1pm
See Aesop's Fables brought to life with outlandish animals, rhyming verse, large-scale puppets, and original music. Audiences of all ages will enjoy Red Herring Puppets' witty adaptations of "The Lion and the Mouse," "The Tortoise and the Hare," "The Owl and the Grasshopper," "The Fox and the Crow," "The Crow and the Pitcher" and "The Stork and the Fox."These classic stories teach life lessons about kindness, creativity, and self-confidence.
Tall Tales! Stories and Songs from Old New England
by Brad Shur and Chris Monti
August 16 - 19 (Wed - Sat) | 10:30am & 1pm
Have you ever wanted to sing along with a sea shanty? Or dive deep into a fox's den? Then come along on this whirlwind tour of New England's tallest tales! Along the way, you'll make Thomas Jefferson the world's largest wheel of cheese, sail the ocean with the legendary giant sailor Alfred Bulltop Stormalong, and meet a very fashionable bear by the name of Jenny Jenkins. Drawing from three hundred years of stories, songs, and local history, there is sure to be something for everyone in this fun and interactive show!
The Fairy Circus
by Tanglewood Marionettes
August 26 (Saturday) | 10:30am & 1pm
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!