MAINSTAGE SHOWS

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New Year, New Shows!

An annual series featuring world premiere productions by local artists.

The Fairy Tailor

by Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

February 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00
pm & 3:00 pm
February 9 (Fri) | 7:00 pm (Reception)
February 19 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Magical beings are known for their great sense of fashion. But who stitches together all of their stories? 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 stories of bravery, from “Little Red Riding Hood(ie),” to “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” With the audience’s help, the Fairy Tailor summons the courage to take a stand against a giant, crafting a solution that combines cleverness with creativity. This colorful, interactive production is guaranteed to inspire audiences of all ages.
 

This production was developed with support from Puppet Showplace Theater's Incubator New Works Development Program and the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust.

Puppets around the World!

The Firebird

by The Puppet People

February 20-21 (Tues-Wed) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

When the mythical firebird comes to life, anything is possible! Inspired by the Russian folktale and popular ballet, "The Firebird" tells the story of Ivan and Princess Yelena, who team up to break an enchantment placed over their kingdom. Their adventure unfolds with beautifully crafted marionettes, lavish costumes, vivid scenery, and a Stravinsky-inspired musical score.

Galapagos George

by Barefoot Puppets

February 22-23 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
February 24-25 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Meet George, a giant Galapagos tortoise, as he grows up in a world filled with sea turtles, lizards, hungry goats, and dancing blue-footed birdies. This puppet production, called an “uplifting eco-fable” by the Smithsonian Museum, is inspired by the true story of the last remaining Galapagos tortoise and the islands he called home. Audiences of all ages will be touched by this story that teaches what it truly means to be one of a kind!

Plastic

by Puzzle Theater

March 1-2 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
March 3-4 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Welcome to a world of plastic-bag creatures, where funny and colorful characters eat, sleep, dance, and transform themselves into whatever they please! Montreal’s acclaimed Puzzle Theatre uses masterful puppetry and hilarious physical theater to bring this delightful menagerie to life. This performance will exercise your imagination and delight your senses. We promise you will never look at a plastic bag the same way again!

The Snowflake Man

by PuppetKabob

March 8-9 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
March 10-11 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Hop aboard a train to the 1920s to find the friendliest inventor you'll ever meet! "The Snowflake Man" tells the story of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, the self-educated farmer and scientist who attracted world attention when he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal. This charming production combines art, science, and a little known piece of New England history to magical effect!

Lisa the Wise

by Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

March 15-16 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
March 17-18 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

When Lisa, a brave young girl with a heart of gold, meets Baba Yaga, the most famous witch in the woods, an epic battle of wits ensues. Dancing houses, enchanted dolls, and hilarious "ghost servants" bring this classic Russian fairy tale to life with a contemporary twist. Imaginative shadow puppetry lights the way in this hilariously spooky story about the experiences that make us wise.

Hao Bang Ah, Dog!

by Chinese Theatre Works

March 22-23 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
March 24-25 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Celebrate the Year of the Dog with a jolly selection of traditional Chinese “budaixi” glove-puppet vignettes based on popular songs and well-known Chinese sayings celebrating canine wisdom, courage and loyalty. Audiences will be introduced to traditional Chinese New Year customs and foods (red envelopes, fish, and “nian gao”). They will also meet some of other animals of the Chinese zodiac (Tigers, Rabbits, Roosters, Horses, Sheep, and Monkeys.) Sing-alongs, games, and a hands-on post-show hands-on demonstration will make the Chinese language and cultural experience accessible to even the youngest audience members!

The Fairy Circus

by Tanglewood Marionettes

March 29 (Thurs) | 10:30 am
March 30 (Fri) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
March 31 (Sat) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Join us for a dazzling display of circus acts performed in an enchanted garden. "The Fairy Circus" is a showcase for turn-of-the-century style trick puppetry, performed by over 20 beautifully handcrafted marionettes. Fairies, field mice, and other small critters dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the music of favorite classical composers. Each performance includes an interactive puppetry demonstration before and after the show!

A Taste of Spring!

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

I Spy Butterfly

by Faye Dupras

April 5-6 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
April 7-8 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

How does a nature-loving explorer kid become a bug's best friend? Find out in this delightful eco-story about the ways we all grow and change. When Trudy's caterpillar friend Harold transforms into a chrysalis, she's determined to do the same. Just when she is about to give up hope, she learns that her tiny friend needs her now more than ever. Live music, colorful critters, and oodles of audience interaction make this show a fun ecological romp in the wild!

This production was developed with support from Puppet Showplace Theater's Incubator New Works Development Program.

Peter Rabbit Tales

by Tuckers' Tales

April 12-13 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
April 14-15 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm

 

Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit stories have been loved for generations. Now Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre brings them to life in irresistible style with clever scenery and turn-of-the-century costumes for an unforgettable theater experience. Join the performers for a sing-a-long before every show!

April Vacation Week

The Gingerbread Man

by All Hands Productions

April 17-19 (Tues-Thurs) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Run, run, run as fast as you can to this very silly puppet show featuring an assortment of fairy tale favorites! Classic stories such as "Hansel and Gretel," "Androcles and the Lion," "The Frog Prince" and "The Three Wishes" are woven together in this fun and interactive performance, all done by one extraordinary puppeteer. A puppetry demonstration follows every show.

Lollipops for Breakfast

by The Gottabees

April 20 (Fri) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
April 21-22 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 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.

This production was developed with support from Puppet Showplace Theater's Incubator New Works Development Program.

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!