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.
Kid detectives, gadget inventors, and outdoor explorers welcome.
The Carrot Salesman
by Brad Shur with Musician Chris Monti
April 6 & 7 (Thur & Fri) | 10:30am
April 8 & 9 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
Join Mr. Bunni, a door-to-door vegetable salesman, as he journeys beneath the earth, into the sea, and even to outer space in search of carrot customers. Will he ever sell enough to please his boss? Or will his new friends teach him a valuable lesson about being true to himself? This imaginative table-top performance features live music, colorful paper puppets, and plenty of audience interaction.
by Tuckers' Tales
April 13 (Thursday) | 10:30am
April 14 (Friday) | 10:30am & 1pm Good Friday
April 15 (Saturday) | 1pm & 3pm
Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit stories have been loved for generations. Now Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre brings them to life in irresistible style with clever scenery and turn-of-the-century costumes for an unforgettable theater experience. Join the performers for a sing-a-long before every show!
The Reluctant Dragon
by All Hands Productions
April 18, 19, & 20 (Tues, Wed, & Thurs) | 10:30am & 1pm
Princess Penelope loves to read about dragons. Imagine her surprise when she actually meets one! When the much-touted dragon slayer Sir Reginald Thwebes arrives in the castle, King Rhubarb calls upon him to fight the fearsome beast. The Princess has to think quickly to save her friend. Will it be a fight to the death? Will it be a draw? Will they even fight at all? Find out in this hilarious performance featuring magnificent moving-mouth puppets, elaborate medieval costumes, and many very creative ways to hide a pet dragon.
The Legend of the Banana Kid
by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers
April 21 (Friday) | 10:30am & 1pm
April 22 & 23 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
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!
The Case of the Missing Kitten
by WonderSpark Puppets
April 27 & 28 (Thur & Fri) | 10:30am
April 29 & 30 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
When Nancy's kitten goes missing, only one detective is clever enough, brave enough, and smart enough to solve the case - Mystery Max! Join Max on a wild adventure to find Nancy's missing kitten. Along the way we'll meet crazy characters, make new friends, sing songs and find clues. Find out "whodunit" in this fun and interactive show!
The Doubtful Sprout
by Liz Joyce & A Couple of Puppets
May 4 & 5 (Thur & Fri) | 10:30am
May 6 & 7 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
Get ready to explore the world under our feet in this underground puppet adventure. Tunnel down with Worm and Sprout to discover the mysterious life found inside soil. Along the way, kids help figure out the secrets of what Sprout needs to grow! Award-winning performer Liz Joyce brings this ecological wonderland to life with rotating scenery, multiple puppetry styles, projection art, and song!
I Spy Butterfly
by Faye Dupras, Music by Max Weigert
May 11 & 12 (Thur & Fri) | 10:30am
May 13 & 14 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm Mother's Day
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!
Turtle's New Home: A Wetland Quest!
by Deborah Costine Nature Puppets
May 18 & 19 (Thur & Fri) | 10:30am
May 20 & 21 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
New England animals are the stars of this charming story about friends in a wetland habitat. The little pond where Blanding the Turtle has lived for many years is no longer safe because a road has been built between there and the place she goes to lay her eggs. When she meets young Castor the Beaver, who is eager to build a dam, she sees that her pond problems might be solved! Along the way, we also meet a young boy and his babysitter who learn together how to look closely at nature. Deborah Costine brings this story to life with a naturalist's eye, conveying ecological details through expert design. Each show begins with a hands-on presentation of real-world specimens from the woodlands of Massachusetts!
Jack and the Beanstalk
by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre
May 25 & 26 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
May 27 & 28 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
May 29 (Monday) | 10:30am & 1pm Memorial Day
Sent to the market to sell his old cow, Jack returns home with nothing more than a handful of beans. His mother is not impressed! Jack doesn't know where to turn, until the beans magically grow into a beanstalk, leading him up into the clouds. This hilarious retelling of the tallest of tales is filled with colorful scenery, whimsical puppetry, and several silly barnyard animals. It all ends with a giant-sized surprise!
by Brad Shur
June 1 & 2 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
June 3 (Saturday) | 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 & 9 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
June 10 (Saturday) | 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 (Saturday) | 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!"