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
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!
The Lion and The Mouse and Other Tales
by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre
May 31 - June 1 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
June 2 (Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
Can a tortoise win a tug of war with a mighty elephant? Can a tiny mouse help an enormous lion? Can a jackal outwit a tiger twice his size? Find out as Crabgrass Puppet Theatre takes audiences around the globe to tell stories that show how even the small and weak can have a big impact on others. With beautiful puppets and lots of laughter, this show will inspire puppet fans big and small!
by Brad Shur, Paper Heart Puppets
June 7-8 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
June 9 (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!
This production was developed through the Puppet Showplace Incubator program, with support from the Jim Henson Foundaion, the Bob Jolly Trust, and the Sakharoff Family Trust.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
by CactusHead Puppets
June 14-15 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
June 16 (Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
The town of Hamelin has a rat problem, and there's only one person who can help! CactusHead Puppets brings the story of the Pied Piper to life in this kid-friendly comedic adaptation of the traditional folktale. Not only does the town find a musical solution to pest control, but the kids of Hamelin make a new friend and teach the grownups a lesson about generosity. This production features multiple puppetry styles, a silly hat contest, and plenty of dancing rats!
This production was developed through the Puppet Showplace Incubator program.
Summer Puppet Adventures
Time travel, magic, and mystery: Let your imagination soar!
Puppet Playtime: The Bella Show!
by Brenda Huggins and Phil Berman
July 6-7 (Fri-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
"Puppet Playtime" is an interactive performance for very young children and their grown-ups. Join two friendly performers and their furry pal Bella Monster on a high-flying adventure filled with stories, songs, and lots of fun. Then, see "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" brought to life with a colorful puppet show. A perfect puppetry introduction for our youngest audiences!
Punschi: The Adventures of Kasper
by Sandglass Theater
July 11-14 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
Join the German hand puppet hero Kasper on two imaginative adventure stories that come to life on a whimsical puppet stage made out of a giant umbrella! When Kasper’s best friend, the endearing giant Augustine, wins an airplane in a sweepstakes, Kasper accidentally flies off! Luckily, Grandma and her clothesline come to the rescue. In the second story, Kasper’s efforts to go on a journey are flustered by a comical cow who steals his suitcase and sends Kasper and his friends on a rollicking chase. Audiences of all ages will delight in this interactive call-and-response show complete with musical interludes, comical banter in English and German, and appearances by the feisty clown named Tschokolino. Originally created by German-born puppeteer Ines Zeller Bass, Punschi is now proudly presented by Ines’ daughter Jana.
Squirrel Stole My Underpants
by The Gottabees
July 18-21 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
Sylvie is sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel steals her favorite piece of clothing and runs off. When Sylvie gives chase, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket, and curious characters show her the way through mysterious lands. Will our lonely heroine rescue her underpants and discover the magic within herself? This wordless show features imaginative puppetry and live music!
The Dinosaur Show
by Mesner Puppet Theater
July 25-28 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
Make no bones about it - The Dinosaur Show is a prehistoric comedy you won't want to miss! Join paleontologist Dr. Dino Sawyer in exploring scientific theories (as well as some improbable ones) that explain what was and what might have been in the Age of the Dinosaurs. This funny and imaginative show combines hand, rod, shadow, and full body puppets to transport audiences through time. A great show for dino-lovers of all ages!
Milo the Magnificent
by Alex & Olmstead
August 1-4 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
Milo is an aspiring magician whose magic tricks and science experiments don't always go as planned. Watch as he accomplishes unbelievable feats that stretch the imagination! This production, told entirely without words, features innovative puppetry, hilarious physical comedy, and delightful old-timey special effects. We promise: you will never look at emojis the same way again!
The Three Little Pigs Build A Better House
by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre
August 8-11 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
The three little pigs need new homes but aren’t sure if they can trust their architect, B. B. Wolfe, who might have ulterior motives. “Straw?” asks the first pig. “Excellent insulation,” says the wolf. “Sticks?” says the second. “Built-in ventilation,” replies the architect. “I’m using bricks!” says the third pig.” “Bricks are so old fashioned,” says the wolf. “So boring. So . . . solid.”
The award-winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre delivers a delightful and hilarious new take on an old tale, featuring beautiful puppetry, lively music and three adorable pigs.
The Fairy Tailor
by Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist
August 15-18 (Wed-Sat) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
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.
Tommy's Space Adventure
by Puppet Art Theater Company
August 25-26 (Sat-Sun) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
Tommy loves books about outer space and space aliens. His greatest wish is to someday meet a real live space alien. Little did Tommy know his wish is about to come true! Zeenon the Alien travels millions of light years to visit earth and to meet interesting earthlings like Tommy. Mad scientist, Dr. Lost N. Space is also interested in Space Aliens…interested in selling them for millions of dollars! Will Tommy be able to save his new found friend from the evil Dr. Lost N. Space? Find out in this funny and fast-paced show, never before seen in Boston!