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. More Info / Ticketing FAQ.

PUPPETS AROUND THE WORLD

Explore stories and puppetry styles from around the globe.

Hao Bang Ah, Rooster!

by Chinese Theatre 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.

GET CURIOUS!

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.

Peter Rabbit

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!

Cardboard Explosion!

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!"