MAINSTAGE SHOWS

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A Taste of Spring!

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

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

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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

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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

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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  

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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.