MAINSTAGE SHOWS

Each week Puppet Showplace presents a new show for youth and family audiences. Reserve tickets online, or contact the Box Office at (617) 731-6400 x 101. Advanced ticket reservations are strongly recommended! More Info / Ticketing FAQ.

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 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.

Aesop's Fables

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!