MAINSTAGE SHOWS

Each week, we feature a different show for youth and family audiences. Reserve 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 our complete listing of Ticket Prices.

Stories in Bloom!

Plant seeds of creativity with these multi-sensory shows.

The Perils of Mr. Punch: That’s What I Call Sweet Music!

by Modern Times Theater

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

 

Follow the ongoing troubles and travails of Mr. Punch, puppetry’s favorite loudmouth, as he sings his way through trouble, adventure, and triumph in this hilarious new production by Modern Times Theater. Included in the cast are the Bozo Brothers, who delight audiences with their dynamic percussive dance routines; a savage lion that can only be subdued by soothing music; and Mr. Punch’s cranky baby! See hand-puppetry at its best, in a style that has entertained both children and grown-ups for centuries. In addition to the puppet show, the program features a mini concert, offering selections from an extensive repertoire of early jazz, classic American folk songs, and original novelty numbers, performed on the cornet, ukulele, and bicycle pump.

Pinocchio

by National Marionette Theatre

May 23-24 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
May 25-26 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
May 27 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Carlo Collodi's epic about a puppet who wants to become a real boy is a classic example of storytelling at its best. National Marionette's adaptation is a faithful retelling of this childhood favorite, featuring beloved characters from the Blue Fairy to the enormous Whale. Follow Pinocchio as he goes on a series of adventures and discovers that only by being truthful, selfless, and kind to others will he realize his dream of becoming a real live boy.

The Legend of the Banana Kid

by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

May 30-31 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
June 1 (Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Little Chucky loves to watch TV Westerns. One day, he meets a mysterious cowboy who takes him to a remote town that is being harassed by a seedy group of outlaws. Chucky, pretending to be a local hero, rides into town on his trusty goat, outsmarts the bad guys, and brings justice back to the people... using bananas as his weapon of choice! Three puppeteers and over a dozen handmade puppet characters will have you cheering on the little guy in this hilarious adventure tale!

Cozy Corner

by Faye Dupras & Max Weigert

June 6-7 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
June 8 (Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Join Max, Rory, their friendly neighbors, and a delightful cast of puppet pals as they learn and play in a world full of wonder. Discover gentle surprises in every nook and cranny before finally setting off on a storytime adventure. Audiences will love this sensory-friendly performance and very interactive show!

Cozy Corner is a great introduction to live theater and is specially designed for very young audiences. The show nurtures children’s social-emotional development through the exploration of themes of kindness, friendship, generosity, equity, and inclusivity. We provide a welcoming, "lights-on," flexible environment for children and caretakers alike!

The Fairy Circus

by Tanglewood Marionettes

June 13-14 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
June 15 (Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 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!

Summer Puppet Adventures!

The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea

by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre

July 10-13 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

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!

Cardboard Explosion!

by Brad Shur, Paper Heart Puppets

July 17-20 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

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!

Judy Saves the Day!

by Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

July 24-27 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

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. This modern interpretation of the traditional "Punch and Judy" show is a hilarious, timely, hand-crafted farce that the whole family will enjoy!

The Pied Picker

by David Stephens, All Hands Productions

July 31- Aug 3 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

With his banjo in hand, Picker Pete sets off seeking fame and fortune. When he finds that the big city of Hamlin has been taken over by roaches, he realizes that his journey to stardom might not be what he had in mind! “The Pied Picker” features a colorful cast of fairytale characters, skillful moving-mouth puppetry, live banjo music, and lots of laughs!

The Amazing Story Machine

by Doppelskope

Aug 7-10 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 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 theatrical clowning.

The Cat Came Back

by Mesner Puppet Theater

Aug 14-17 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Mr. Johnson has a problem with a pesky cat…no matter what he does to get rid of the cat, the cat keeps coming back! Can a visitor from outer space solve Mr. Johnson’s kitty conundrum? Find out in this delightful show based on the song made popular by Fred Penner.

Three Billy Goats Gruff

by Puppet Art Theater Company

Aug 24-25 (Sat-Sun) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

This fairy tale adventure starts off with a race between the Tortoise and the Hare. When the race crosses the bridge, the animals wake up the Grumpy Old Troll. When three Billy Goats try to trip-trap their way across, they find the way blocked. Will Little Billy, his older sister Brittany, and their father Bruno find a way to outwit the Troll so they can enjoy the field of green, green grass? Find out in this hilarious comedy featuring colorful puppet characters and lots of audience interactivity.

Lollipops for Breakfast

by The Gottabees

Aug 31-Sept 1 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
Sept 2 (Mon) |10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Everyone knows you can’t have lollipops for breakfast! But today, Sylvie decides she’s going to break that rule, even if it means she has to make her own amazingly perfect lollipop from scratch. Come along as she and her trusty pet bird search for missing ingredients, wrestle with giant candy machines, and get lost in a magical pop-up cookbook. "Lollipops for Breakfast" is a wildly imaginative ode to children’s boundless creativity. The performance, told entirely without words, features multiple styles of puppetry, original music, acrobatics, and lots of audience participation.