Happy 2018! To kick off the new year, Puppet Showplace Theater is once again excited to present two world premieres in our annual New Year! New Shows! series, as well as a revival of an old favorite, Puppet Playtime. We will also be launching our very first after school program Puppet Lab!
Our first mainstage show this year is The Bremen Town Musicians by the talented CactusHead Puppets. This show beautifully utilizes both shadow puppetry and rod puppets to put a new, CactusHead spin on the classic German folktale of four farm animals pursuing their dream to become world famous musicians, and the adventures they encounter on their journey. Thank you to our audiences for making the run such a success!
Starting February 3rd, we are proud to present the world premiere of The Fairy Tailor, by Resident Artist, Sarah Nolen! Meet the Fairy Tailor, hard at work in her enchanted shop, where dressing racks and laundry baskets are known to have a mind of their own. Watch as she transforms everyday garments into extraordinary characters, and shares familiar stories in an entirely new and clever way. This colorful, interactive production is guaranteed to inspire audiences of all ages.
Puppet Playtime with Harry LaCoste
We are also excited to announce our NEW Puppet Playtime with Harry LaCoste. This interactive puppet show is geared towards toddlers and their parents and provides both laughs and learning. Puppet Playtime is a great introduction for toddlers to the experience of live performance. We provide a welcoming "lights-on," flexible environment for children and caretakers alike!
Puppet Lab After-School Program
Finally, we have officially launched our pilot after-school program, Puppet Lab! In each ten-week session, kids age 8-11 will have a chance to explore the materials, engineering, and design involved in puppetry arts. Each week we’ll tackle creative challenges in a fun, hands-on, and supportive environment that encourages experimentation. We’ll bravely go beyond simple craft projects to learn advanced tools, techniques, and topics in 3D design. Kids will learn by doing, gain confidence in their abilities, and discover new strategies for solving interdisciplinary problems. Click the link below to learn more or register for the upcoming session!