MAINSTAGE SHOWS

Each week, we feature a different show for youth and family audiences. Reserve tickets below, or call the box office at 617-731-6400 x 101. For more info, visit our Frequently Asked Questions, see shows and events in Calendar View, check our Hours & Directions, or view Ticket Prices.

Summer Puppet Adventures!

The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea

by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre

July 10-13 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Come along 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, multiple styles of puppetry, and original pirate songs, you won't want to miss the boat on this fun adventure tale!

Cardboard Explosion!

by Brad Shur, Paper Heart Puppets

July 17-20 (Wed-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!

Judy Saves the Day!

by Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

July 24-27 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

After being pushed around for over 200 years, the famous hand puppet heroine Judy has had enough! Cheer her on as she goes on a quest for respect, justice, and a well-deserved nap. This modern interpretation of the traditional "Punch and Judy" show is a hilarious, timely, hand-crafted farce that the whole family will enjoy!

The Pied Picker

by David Stephens, All Hands Productions

July 31- Aug 3 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

With his banjo in hand, Picker Pete sets off seeking fame and fortune. When he finds that the big city of Hamlin has been taken over by roaches, he realizes that his journey to stardom might not be what he had in mind! “The Pied Picker” features a colorful cast of fairytale characters, skillful moving-mouth puppetry, live banjo music, and lots of laughs!

The Amazing Story Machine

by Doppelskope

Aug 7-10 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

The Grimm family is on the verge of unveiling The Amazing Story Machine, which runs on steam and dreams and promises to revolutionize how stories are told. When the contraption malfunctions, they have to invent a way to tell stories on the spot. With help from the audience and a cast of unique puppet characters, fairy tales like “The Hare and the Hedgehog” and “The Brave Little Tailor” spring to life. This charming and highly interactive show features multiple styles of puppetry, original live music, and theatrical clowning.

The Cat Came Back

by Mesner Puppet Theater

Aug 14-17 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Mr. Johnson has a problem with a pesky cat…no matter what he does to get rid of the cat, the cat keeps coming back! Can a visitor from outer space solve Mr. Johnson’s kitty conundrum? Find out in this delightful show based on the song made popular by Fred Penner.

Three Billy Goats Gruff

by Puppet Art Theater Company

Aug 24-25 (Sat-Sun) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

This fairy tale adventure starts off with a race between the Tortoise and the Hare. When the race crosses the bridge, the animals wake up the Grumpy Old Troll. When three Billy Goats try to trip-trap their way across, they find the way blocked. Will Little Billy, his older sister Brittany, and their father Bruno find a way to outwit the Troll so they can enjoy the field of green, green grass? Find out in this hilarious comedy featuring colorful puppet characters and lots of audience interactivity.

Lollipops for Breakfast

by The Gottabees

Aug 31-Sept 2 (Sat-Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 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.