A Carol Collodi Classic at Puppet Showplace

National Marionette Theatre is Back...

We Aren't Lying! (Check our Noses)

"Pinocchio" by National Marionette Theatre
Wed-Sat, July 24-27 at 10:30am & 1pm


The Syrotiak family has finally arrived in Brookline from their workshop in Brattleboro, VT bringing with them their absolutely stunning production of "Pinocchio".  This adaptation of a classic tale takes the stage for four days at Puppet Showplace and we couldn't be more excited!

Come follow Pinocchio on his series of adventures as he discovers that only by being truthful, selfless and kind to others will he realize his dream of becoming a real boy.

The Family Business...

From left to right: Peter Syrotiak, David J. Syrotiak, David A. Syrotiak

Founded in 1967 by David A Syrotiak, the National Marionette Theatre (NMT) has become known for its excellence in manipulation technique in puppet theatre for over 40 years. The family, David A Syrotiak, and his two sons, David J Syrotiak and Peter Syrotiak, have performed all over the country and even across the globe bringing their shows to libraries, schools, and festivals.

All three work together in order to make their productions a success in wowing their audiences. Artistic director, David A, has been given the well deserved title "Master Puppeteer" as he has won the UNIMA award for excellence in the field of puppetry for two productions.  David A is also the first recipient of the Paul Vincent Davis award in 2012 for leadership and excellence in the field of puppetry arts.  This award is named after Puppet Showplace Artist-in-Residence Emeritus, Paul Vincent Davis.

David J. has mastered his wood carving and sculpting skills, bringing them to other companies such as Vagabond Marionettes and Bennington Puppets. Peter, who joined the company in 1989 is known not only for his performing talents but also for his brilliant puppet making skills. More about NMT on their website: http://www.nmtshow.com/

This Week's Performers...

Honey Goodenough, puppeteer
For this week's run of performances at Puppet Showplace, the Syrotiak family will be joined by marionettist, Honey Goodenough.

About the artist: Honey Goodenough is a New York City based puppeteer, producer, educator, clown, and magician.

This performance is sure to come with familiar characters, a captivating story and a great experience. See you at the theatre!

Extended Open Hours for the Holidays

Tis the SEASON!

PST Puppet Store!
The day after Thanksgiving for Americans is many things...a feast of left over turkey sandwiches, a time when families gather for a puppet show here at the theatre while kids are off from school, and there is one more thing...OH YES! SHOPPING!

For many, the day after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a frantic stretch of shopping for holiday presents.  How do you find that perfect gift? Whether you are a parent looking for the perfect Folkmanis hand puppet for your 5 year old performing puppet shows in your living room, or a grandparent searching for a gift without adding to the pile of "stuff" in the kid's play closet, PST has everything you need: including extended store hours this season!

The Box Office and Puppet Store will be open...

NOV 23 to DEC 24
TUES-FRI: 10am to 6pm
PST will be closed on DEC 25

Puppet Store
Marionettes, hand puppets, and finger puppets, OH MY!  Stop by the theatre during our extended shopping hours this season for the best selection of puppets in the greater Boston area!

Gift Certificates
Shopping for families can often be challenging.  Do they have this book already?  How many action figures, stuffed animals, puzzles, or other toys do kids REALLY need (and parents want)?  A gift certificate to Puppet Showplace Theatre is the perfect gift for families to spend time together, and encourage and engage creativity and imagination. We will mail them for you if you like! Call the Box Office at 617-731-6400 x 101 to place an order.

A membership to PST is a gift that keeps on giving! Starting at $50, give the gift of puppetry to your loved ones by allowing them to receive discounts on tickets, the puppet store, priority seating and other benefits  all while supporting a local non-profit organization! (Your membership purchase is tax deductible) Each membership level is targeted for a specific family or individual, so ask us in the box office to recommend the perfect membership for your loved ones! 
More information about membership packages can be found HERE

Organizations Unite to Promote Storytelling

Puppet Showplace Theatre to collaborate with storytelling 
nonprofit massmouth, inc.

This 2012-2013 season Puppet Showplace Theatre will be teaming up massmouth, inc., a nonprofit organization focused on promoting storytelling in the 21st century, for a new partnership to promote traditional storytelling in Boston. The non-profit organizations are set to collaborate on all-ages, family storytelling performance-and-workshops with massmouth, inc.'s Norah Dooley as well as adults-only Folk and Fairytale slams.

Storytelling Workshop Series Dates

How to Tell a Great Fairytale,” Oct 8 from 3-5pm - Experience the magic of a well-told traditional tale, then learn how storytellers can make fantastical characters and settings come to life using the power of words and imagination. Bring a favorite fairytale, or use one from our collections! Register Here

Family Stories,” Dec 2 from 3-5pm - Heirlooms, attic boxes, old photo albums...Is your house filled with the beginnings of great stories? Just in time for the holidays, learn how to turn mementos and memories into compelling tales that can be shared with friends and family. Bring a photo or any object that reminds you of a person or event in your life or family history. Or simply bring a memory that you think would make a good story. Register Here

Single registrant: $25/person ($20 PST members)
Family pricing: $25/ first participant, $15 additional ($20/$10 for PST members).
Children under 13 must participate with an adult.

massmouth, inc.

Founded in August, 2008 by Norah Dooley, Andrea Lovett and Doria Hughes, massmouth, inc. is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit committed to promoting the timeless art of storytelling in the 21st century through digital and social media, education and live performance. massmouth aims to reinvigorate storytelling in Massachusetts and restore it to its rightful place as a recognized art form.  Additionally, the organization hopes to improve storytelling’s accessibility to all and empower others to listen to, create, and share their stories through education and community outreach. 

For more information, check out massmouth's website. 

Norah Dooley
Norah Dooley, workshop leader

The massmouth, inc./PST collaboration has been spearheaded by massmouth founder Norah Dooley. A storyteller, critically-acclaimed children’s author and educator, Norah started a story slam series in Greater Boston as co-founder of massmouth, inc. Additionally, Norah has published six storytelling CDs, and her widely acclaimed picture book, Everybody Cooks Rice is one of four titles in a series about her former neighborhood in Cambridge, Mass. She teaches storytelling, performance skills, directs theater, and performs in schools, libraries and teacher’s conferences. Norah was the featured storyteller in the Christmas and Spring Revels in Cambridge and Boston, Mass., the Cambridge River Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Albany NY River Festival, 3 Apples Storytelling Festival, MA and at the Clearwater Festival.

For more information about Norah, visit her website.  

Jack Tuesday: Fairytale Investigator comes to PST


The 2nd Annual 

Jack Tuesday: Fairytale Investigator
by Lionheart Puppets
Sat & Sun | Sept 8 & 9 | 1pm & 3pm

Put on your thinking caps, and dust off your detective gear to help us find out who done it this week at PST! Join Jack Tuesday on his adventure to help Little Bo Peep find her lost sheep.

About the show: Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and doesn't know where to find them...But Jack Tuesday's the guy who can figure out why someone would try to hide them! Audiences will love this original "whodunit" mystery show, starring a cast of familiar storybook characters and the world's greatest (and only?) fairytale detective.
Hand and rod puppets, recommended for ages 3 & up.

About the performer: The Lionheart Puppet Company is owned and operated primarily by Matthew K. Leonard, who holds a BFA in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut. Mr. Leonard has worked for other puppet companies including, Purple Rock Productions, The Great Arizona Puppet Theater and the Paper Moon Marionettes. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Guild of Puppetry.