Tickets go on sale June 1st!
Individual admission is $15 all ages.
Adult/child pair of tickets $20 available for family audience performances only.
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Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Live Recording of Under the Puppet Podcast
Hosted by Grant Baciocco with Special Guest Trace Beaulieu of Mystery Science Theatre 3000
Friday, July 19 at 7:00 pm
Recommended for ages 18 and older.
Animal Cracker Conspiracy
Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 & 9:00 pm
A multi-media puppet theater workshop that engages histories of global urban development and transforms commerce, architecture and politics into poetry, movement and sound.Presented by Iain Gunn and Bridget Roundtree, Paper Cities explores the growth of a city and its relationship with and through paper, taking a particular look at contemporary ‘realities’ and the intertwining of archetypal patterns that have both plagued, epitomized and exalted the idea of the city in collective memory. Please note there is nudity in this production.
The National Puppet Slam
Hosted by Beau Brown
Thursday, July 18 at 10:30 pm
The National Puppet Slam has presented the very best puppet slam acts from across the country at National Puppet Festivals and at the Center for Puppetry Arts. The National Puppet Slam showcases diversity and excellence in the field of short form adult puppet theatre.
The Loopers by Hobey Ford
Giant Woman by Zane Exactly and Cassie Bray
How Possum Played Death by Matt McGee
Indigenous by Katherine Fahey and Dan Van Allen
ToileyT. Paper: Downtown by Grant Baciocco
Tac and the Magician by Gavin Cummins
The Raven by Dave Haaz-baroque
Trouble by abandoned ships/Milissa Orzolek
The Final Buzz by Mark Royston, Zoe Yale, and Madison Girifalco
Recommended for ages 4 and older.
Z Puppets Rosenschnoz
Wednesday, July 17 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm
Cellula illuminates the true marvels of cell science inside us all with dazzling glow in the dark puppetry and mesmerizing live acapella music. Like a bedtime story as told by biologists, Cellula fuses a unique style of playful naturalism with scientific beauty.
Thursday, July 18 at 4:00 & 9:00 pm
A magical masked creature (The Red Macanuda) is the caretaker of journeys. She operates a suitcase on legs connected to a large antenna, communicating with other creatures in her world. Her story is one of compassion in troubling times.
Kurt Hunter Marionettes
Penguin in my Pocket
Thursday, July 18 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm
Penguin in my Pocket tells the fun-filled and quirky tale of a penguin scientist who crash lands in the jungle when her experimental jetpack fails, and how she works with an artistic monkey to find her way home – encountering a sea monster along the way. It’s a solo show featuring marionettes, rod puppets, audience member puppeteers and live concertina music. The production was supported by a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation.
Monday, July 15 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, July 20 at 10:45 am & 2:00 pm
Harmonious Migrations teaches children and all humans about the inter-connectivity of the elements in the environment as they relate to crane flyways. This performance illustrates how Native people of North America participate in the same planetary dance as the crane and all creations. Following the performance, our young audience members are invited to make paper crane puppets with the company.
US Karagoz Theatre Company
The Magic Tree
Friday, July 19 at 4:00 pm
Adapted from a play named Kanlı Kavak of Turkish shadow theatre performer Muhittin Sevilen, The Magic Tree is a story about nature and protecting the environment. A tree grows green in the middle of a neighborhood Karagoz cuts the branches from the tree for firewood. After sometime he learns the tree was magical. He and his friend are punished by the trees magic and transformed into a donkey and goat.
Mario the Maker Magician
Saturday, July 20 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, July 21 at 10:30 am
As seen on Sesame Street and Sprout and live on tour in 2018 with David Blaine, MARIO THE MAKER MAGICIAN is known for his dedication to the Maker Movement and his clever and refreshing integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performance. His menagerie of handmade props include several autonomous, robotic sidekicks that straddle the words of magic, robotics, and puppetry. It’s vintage meets the future; Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin for the modern age.
Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets
Saturday, July 20 at 10:45 am & 4:00 pm
Sea Song, is the story of a boy’s discovery of the natural world at the seaside. This production follows the life cycle of the sea turtle and the fragile interwoven environment of animals living at the edge of land and sea. Sea Song is performed in the style of Ford’s Animalia series featuring his beautiful carved foam animals performed in full view of the audience.
All Hands Productions
The Pied Picker
Saturday, July 20 at 10:45 am & 7:00 pm
Picker Pete sets off on a journey to become a rich and famous banjo picker in the town of Hamlin and meets a host of familiar fairy tale characters along the way. He also saves the town from a herd of hungry roaches. He also meets a band of hillbilly roaches and learns the value of making music with others.
Red Herring Puppets
The Chicken & the Egg
Thursday, July 18 at 9:30 am
The Chicken and the Egg is a lively and informative show about the cycles of life within various plant and animal groups. We explore the birds and the bees through colorful shadow puppets (performed on overhead projectors), original songs, and cameo appearances of hand and rod puppets. The rhymed text supports classroom learning in grades K-5 and beyond as our world continues to grow and reproduce.
The audience is welcome and encouraged to join us after the performance for a feedback session facilitated by a seasoned dialogue specialist. Since this is a new show, the creators are eager to dialogue with the audience and learn first-hand what is working and what tweaks might help the artists better achieve their goals. The focus of the feedback session is to honor the audience’s experience and offer suggestions for the performers that align with their vision for the piece.
Society of Realistic Optimists
Resist the Gloom
Saturday, July 20 at 7:00 pm
We live in an ever-changing uncontrollable reality! At times it becomes difficult to make sense of all that is happening. Anxiety is growing and many people are entirely overwhelmed! To cope with this anxiety we must “Resist the Gloom” and Cornelius the Collector, Eschatologist R.O. – a professional realistic optimist– is here to help! Concerned with the end of time and the role we humans play in it, Cornelius asks the audience to embark on a journey of discovery that involves a puppet worm manifesto, an exploration of gloom rates, some out of tune singing, a giant flip book, and a series of questions that simply must be considered. A celebration of all that it means to be messy humans, Cornelius and his cohorts will forever attempt to persistently resist the gloom!
Recommended for ages 8 and up
BriAnimations Living Entertainment
Kaytek the Wizard by Janusz Korczak
Wednesday, July 17 at 4:00 pm & 9:00 pm
Kaytek, a mischievous schoolboy who wants to become a wizard, is surprised to discover that he is able to perform magic spells and change reality. This story speaks to every child’s dream of freeing themselves from the endless control of adults, and shaping the world to their own designs. Inspired by a European style, puppeteers perform hand-and-rod puppets and take on characters, all in front of an animated screen.
The Mind of a Snail
Caws & Effect
Friday, July 19 at 4:00 pm & 9:00 pm
Crows are re-dreaming the world. Is the future all it’s cracked up to be? Large scale shadow theatre from a bird’s eye view. Funny, beautiful and unique, with handmade layered projections, puppetry, masks, & an original musical score.
The Doubtful Sprout
Thursday, July 18 at 4:00 pm
Get ready to explore the world under your feet in this underground puppet adventure. Tunnel down with Worm and Sprout as they discover the mysterious life found inside soil. Along the way, kids help figure out the secrets that help Sprout grow. Award-winning puppeteer, Liz Joyce, brings this ecological wonderland to life with multiple puppetry styles, projections and song.