Wednesday and Thursday | January 12 & 13 | 10:30AM
About the show: What happens when Harold, a young village boy, discovers a dragon in the mountains? Can he convince the villagers that the dragon just wants to be friends? Based on the story by Kenneth Grahame, The Reluctant Dragon is a great way to introduce children to literary adaptations, as well as themes of friendship and loyalty.
Performed with hand puppets. This show is recommended for ages 4 & up.
About Lionheart Puppet Company: Drawing from a rich history of classic stories and fairy tales, the Lionheart Puppet Company has been performing for audiences of all ages since 2001.
The company is owned and operated by Matthew K. Leonard, who received his BFA in Dramatic Arts from the University of Connecticut with a concentration in puppetry. Matthew lives in Connecticut with his wife, daughter, and two cats. He is an active member of both the Connecticut Guild of Puppetry and Puppeteers of America.
Here's something you may not know about the Puppet Showplace Theatre: We're a presenting venue, which means we contract with outside performers to bring their shows to our stage. Yes, Brad Shur is our Artist in Residence, but he doesn't put on all the shows here at the theatre. That would be a lot of shows for one person to do — over 350 a year, to be somewhat exact.
We bring performers in from around Massachusetts, New England, the rest of the United States, and occasionally from international points, as well.
This week's performer is Matthew Leonard, who joins us with his troupe Lionheart Puppet Company. Based in Connecticut, Matthew has been performing since 2001, and is a graduate of the dramatic arts program at the University of Connecticut.
He has performed with The Great Arizona Puppet Theatre, Purple Rock Productions, and the Paper Moon Marionettes, has served as an officer for the Garden State Puppet Guild in New Jersey, and is active with the Connecticut Guild of Puppetry and the Puppeteers of America.
The Reluctant Dragon is the second PST Premiere show from Lionheart Puppet Company. Last summer, they brought a PST Premiere of their show The Little Red Hen.
Leonard also performs as part of Saltamontes Puppet Arts, which will visit the Puppet Showplace Theatre stage on May 1 and 2 with their show Babui.
We hope you're able to join us for the show!
Tickets are available by calling our Box Office at (617) 731-6400 or by clicking on the link below.