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Puppets around the World!

The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea

by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre

March 17-18 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm


Come 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, a variety of puppets, and original pirate songs, you won't want to miss the boat on this fun adventure tale! 

Hao Bang Ah, Dog!

by Chinese Theatre Works

March 22-23 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
March 24-25 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm


Celebrate the Year of the Dog with a jolly selection of traditional Chinese “budaixi” glove-puppet vignettes based on popular songs and well-known Chinese sayings celebrating canine wisdom, courage, and loyalty. Audiences will be introduced to traditional Chinese New Year customs and foods (red envelopes, fish, and “nian gao”). They will also meet some of other animals of the Chinese zodiac (Tigers, Rabbits, Roosters, Horses, Sheep, and Monkeys). Sing-alongs, games, and a hands-on post-show demonstration will make the Chinese language and cultural experience accessible to even the youngest audience members!

The Fairy Circus

by Tanglewood Marionettes

March 29 (Thurs) | 10:30 am
March 30 (Fri) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
March 31 (Sat) | 1:00 & 3:00 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!

A Taste of Spring!

Pack a snack and explore the outdoors with these sweet adventure tales!

I Spy Butterfly

by Faye Dupras

April 5-6 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
April 7-8 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm


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 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!

This production was developed with support from Puppet Showplace Theater's Incubator New Works Development Program.

Peter Rabbit Tales

by Tuckers' Tales

April 12-13 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
April 14-15 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm


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!

April Vacation Week

The Gingerbread Man

by All Hands Productions

April 17-19 (Tues-Thurs) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm


Run, run, run as fast as you can to this very silly puppet show featuring an assortment of fairy tale favorites! Classic stories such as "Hansel and Gretel," "Androcles and the Lion," "The Frog Prince" and "The Three Wishes" are woven together in this fun and interactive performance, all done by one extraordinary puppeteer. A puppetry demonstration follows every show.

Lollipops for Breakfast

by The Gottabees

April 20 (Fri) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
April 21-22 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 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.

This production was developed with support from Puppet Showplace Theater's Incubator New Works Development Program.

The Case of the Missing Cookies

by WonderSpark Puppets

April 26-27 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
April 28-29 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm


When Nancy's favorite snack 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 solve the case of the missing cookies. 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!

Word Play!

by Good Hearted Entertainment

May 3-4 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
May 5-6 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm


"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 Three Billy Goats Gruff

by Pumpernickel Puppets

May 10-11 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
May 12-13 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm


Two classic tales make up this wonderful animal-inspired show. In "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," the quick-witted billy goats outsmart a troll, but the troll isn’t really mean – he’s just green, has a snaggletooth, and lives under a bridge. In "The Lion and the Mouse," two unlikely friends – one very big and one very small – learn to help each other to solve their problems. Both tales are told with colorful, friendly hand puppets and feature lots of audience interaction.

Turtle's New Home: A Wetland Quest!

by Deborah Costine, Nature Puppets

May 17-18 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
May 19-20 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm


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!

The Perils of Mr. Punch: Use It Up!

by Modern Times Theater

May 24-25 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
May 26-27 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
May 28 (Mon) Memorial Day Holiday | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm  


Mr. Punch's garbage pile is so big that it nearly devours him in this hilarious hand puppet show! Modern Times Theater updates the classic story of Punch and Judy with a family friendly environmental twist. Nothing ever goes right in this topsy-turvey world: the baby doesn’t behave, crocodiles appear around every corner, and the dog looks suspiciously like a skunk. The skillfully operated hand puppets are made of up-cycled materials, and are chock full of surprises and tricks, as is the elaborate stage. The show is rounded out with live music played on a variety of instruments, from the ukulele to the bicycle pump. It’s a low-tech old-time spectacle, entertaining for all ages!

The Lion and The Mouse and Other Tales

by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre

May 31 - June 1 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
June 2 (Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm


Can a tortoise win a tug of war with a mighty elephant? Can a tiny mouse help an enormous lion? Can a jackal outwit a tiger twice his size? Find out as Crabgrass Puppet Theatre takes audiences around the globe to tell stories that show how even the small and weak can have a big impact on others. With beautiful puppets and lots of laughter, this show will inspire puppet fans big and small!

Cardboard Explosion!

by Brad Shur, Paper Heart Puppets

June 7-8 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
June 9 (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!

This production was developed through the Puppet Showplace Incubator program, with support from the Jim Henson Foundaion, the Bob Jolly Trust, and the Sakharoff Family Trust.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

by CactusHead Puppets

June 14-15 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
June 16 (Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm


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!

This production was developed through the Puppet Showplace Incubator program.