NW Puppet Center presents: “Little Red Riding Bug”

By Parasol Puppets
Dec. 6-21, 2014

After grandma flies too close to a bug zapper, Little Red makes her way to grandmother’s house with a care basket filled with goodies. Little does Little Red know the adventure that lies ahead because none other than The Big, Bad Frog is lurking en route! Don’t miss this bugged out adaptation of the classic tale. The show features a handcrafted cast of insect puppets accompanied by a soundtrack of classic honky tonk piano tunes.

Sat. 1pm & 3pm
Sun. 1pm & 3pm

$9 Child
$11 Adult
$9 Senior

Tickets available at the box office 30 minutes before showtime.
Advance orders can be made anytime:


Also, it isn’t too late to save a little money with a subscription. Same price of $35 for adult or child to attend the four remaining shows of the season. Just pick the date and time for LITTLE RED RIDING BUG and reserve the rest of the showings at your leisure. Subscriptions available at the box office or in advance:


Hope you can attend the shows.





Carter Family Marionettes
Northwest Puppet Center
9123 – 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115

tel: 206 523 2579

Raynier Institute and Foundation is offering a matching grant of $3,750.
If you’d like to support Northwest Puppet Center, please consider making a contribution:
Thanks to ArtsFund for presenting Power2Give/PugetSound


Thistle Theatre presents the “Gingerbread Boy”

Picture of Snowman

Every child’s dream come true – a magical world of candy, cookies and ice cream.  Ollie the Oven bakes cakes and cookies, Bill the Chill makes ice cream treats and Sweetie, a copper kettle, cooks up candy and chocolate confections. When too much spice is poured into the batter, out pops a mischievous Gingerbread Boy who stops the

production of holiday goodies. Pepper Mint, a shipping clerk, runs after the Gingerbread Boy on a chase though Candyland. The chase takes them through Candy Cane Lane, past a Snow Man in the Icicle Alps and into the Soda Swamp inhabited by the Gummy Gator.  The traditional story told with an original twist.

A talented ensemble of puppeteers, Alex Cantrell, Ben Burris, and Gina Wilhelm performs all character voices and songs live in a production directed by Jean Enticknap with music and songs by Sue Ennis.   Funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 6, 7 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Dec. 13, 14 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115
Dec. 20, 21 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

All individual tickets are $10.

Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org/tickets.htm   or http://www.brownpapertickets.com

For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or info@thistletheatre.org  or visit:




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Northwest Puppet Center presents: The Green Bird (El Pajaro Verde)

Northwest Puppet Center is proud to present:
To find her friend, Luisa goes on a great adventure.
This magical story from Mexico is brought to the stage with beautifully designed puppets and live music.
Performed by Oregon Shadow Theatre
Nov. 1-23, 2014
Saturdays at 1pm & 3pm
Sundays at 1pm & 3pm
Advance tickets can be purchased anytime:
Save yourself some green with this special discount code:
Entering this code gives you one FREE child admission!  Code valid only for advance orders (not at the box office).  Feel free to share the special discount code with your friends.  We look forward to seeing you at the show.
P.S.  Subscriptions are also still available:  http://puppet.brownpapertickets.com/


Carter Family Marionettes
Northwest Puppet Center
9123 – 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115

tel:  206 523 2579

Thistle Theatre presents: Baba Yaga and the Bag of Gold

photo of Baba Yaga and Ivan

Baba Yaga and Ivan

Thistle Theatre presents: Baba Yaga and the Bag of Gold

Baba Yaga, the infamous witch who flies around in a mortar and pestle, steals a bag of gold from Vasilisa and her younger brother, Ivan. The brave, but foolish, Ivan sets off to recover the family treasure and literally finds himself in hot water. A fascinating assortment of characters, including Baba Yaga’s cat, a rabbit and a family of mice complete the cast of characters in this Slavic tale. Black light scenes of a hut that walks on chicken legs and a dancing fence of skulls and bones are featured in the production using tabletop Bunraku-style of puppetry.

Jean Enticknap who created and directs the production, wrote the story in the style of the wonder tale genre in which a character is given some form of magic to help them with their quest. Puppeteers Ben Burris, Zane Exactly and Gina Wilhelm bring the story to life. A musical score, created by Michael Flint, accompanies the story. The production is funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.

Thistle Theatre specializes in the Bunraku-style of puppetry, an ancient Japanese art form. Although the style has been modified for modern audiences and performers, the basic idea remains the same: puppeteers who dress entirely in black to symbolize their invisibility operate the puppets.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:
Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE Bld 47, Seattle, WA 98115
October 25, 26 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
November 1, 2 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

All individual tickets are $10 or purchase a 2014-2015 Season Ticket for $30 and see Baba Yaga plus three more shows including Gingerbread Boy, Momotaro (Peach Boy), and Little Red Riding Hood.

Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org/tickets.htm or http://www.brownpapertickets.com

For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or info@thistletheatre.org or visit:




Short Description
Baba Yaga, the infamous witch who flies around in a mortar and pestle, steals a bag of gold from a family. The foolish Ivan sneaks off to recover the gold and is captured by Baba Yaga. His older sister, Vasilisa, goes to his rescue aided by animal friends and a little magic!

Photo of Ivan with Sword

Ivan with Sword

New Season at Northwest Puppet Center

It is that time of year when the Northwest Puppet Center kicks off a new season filled with shows.

Subscriptions offer a great bargain and scheduling flexibility. Simply decide the date/time of the first performance and decide the rest of your schedule at your leisure.

Subscriptions are only $35 (same for adult or child) which is a savings of up to $20 off the already low ticket prices! If you are ready to subscribe, please click or call:


Individual tickets are also available and the season line-up is as follows:

The Green Bird
By Oregon Shadow Theatre
Playing Nov. 1- 23, 2014

Little Red Riding Bug
By Parasol Puppets
Playing Dec. 6-21, 2014

The Dinosaur Show
By Paul Mesner Puppets
Playing Jan. 31-Feb. 15, 2015

Bathtub Pirates
By Grey Seal Puppets
Playing March 21-29, 2015

What The Moon Saw
By PuppetKabob
Playing May 2-17, 2015

Showtimes: Saturdays 1pm & 3pm, Sundays 1pm & 3pm

Thanks and hope to see you at the shows.


Dmitri Carter



Carter Family Marionettes
Northwest Puppet Center
9123 – 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115

tel: 206 523 2579

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam presents “Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams”

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam will be presenting Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams at the Grand Illusion Cinema on Monday, October 13th at 7pm.

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam has been providing quality live puppet shows for Seattle adults since 2011 and is proud to team up with the Grand Illusion Cinema to present Handmade Puppet Dreams: Volume I, an evening of short puppet films curated by Heather Henson.

Handmade Puppet Dreams is an award winning collection of live-action adult puppet films- hilarious, heartwarming, profane and irreverent- in styles ranging from Muppet hand and rod to stop motion, shadows, marionettes, and underwater thingamajigs.

Included in Handmade Puppet Dreams: Volume 1 are:
“Sammy and Sofa” by Tim Lagasse
“Prelude #2” by Hoku Ichyama
“Old Mother Hubbard” by Paul Andrejco
“Ola’s Box of Clovers” by Genevieve Anderson
“Last Rites” by Paul Adrejco
“Everloving” by Steve Johnson
“Herd” by Mike Mitchell
“Mary Anning and Her Monsters” by Laurie Heit
“Popsickle” by Mike Mitchell and Dan Brown
“Graveyard Jamboree” by Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero

Tickets at the door or in advance: $9.00 general/ $5.00 member/ $6.00 student & senior

About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam: Herded together into a graceful flow by the troop’s resident emcee, Seattle’s Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is a cabaret-style puppet show for grown-ups. Each short piece  — whether hilarious, heartbreaking or horrifying — is created and performed by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond!) From the brand spanking new to the tried-and-true, every act is guaranteed to have one important thing in common: puppets.

ECA Family Series: Hobey Ford’s Migration

Hobey Ford migration

ECA Family Series: Hobey Ford’s Migration
Saturday, October 11, 2014 2:00 PM

Internationally-renowned puppeteer Hobey Ford explores the wonders of migration through the story of a Mexican girl named Beatriz and her own migration to the United States. The story of Beatriz’s journey is juxtaposed with the stories of other animals that migrate: Monarch butterflies, polar bears, the godwit bird and the sperm whale. Migration is a special co-presentation between ECA and the Black Box Theatre, and will take place at Edmonds Community College.

Stories for Bad Children, Chapter 2

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What:  Stories for Bad Children – Chapter 2

When:  October 24, 25, 31 & Nov 1 – 8pm

Where:  Hugo House

1634 11th Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

*Not intended for actual children. Recommended for patrons 15 years old and up.

Tickets:  $15


Website: http://www.voxfabuli.com

“Favorite fairy tales twisted into something new and magical” – City Arts

Once upon a time there was a child who didn’t want to go to bed. So they would ask for another glass of water, or just need to finish this one book, or even brush their teeth twice…anything to keep their parents from turning out the light. Now, their parents thought they were just being naughty, but there was more to it than that. Because the child knew that after the lights went out, that was when the nightmares came…

Vox Fabuli Puppets and Kendra & Michael Hayes team up once again to bring you Stories for Bad Children – Chapter 2, a cabaret-style show celebrating the darker paths of the fairy tale world. Stories for Bad Children – Chapter 2 plays at Hugo House, October 24 through November 1st, with a special show on Halloween.

Building on the success of 2012’s Stories for Bad Children, Chapter 2 raises the stakes on bedtime. The audience starts the show snuggled into Hugo House’s cozy cafe stage, before being yanked into the Black Box for the nightmares of Act 2. The artists bound to safe creepiness in the first act are unchained to let their dark imaginings take as large a bite as they wish, once the nightlight is on.

Dark days are upon us. Let us tuck you in for tales of gleeful wickedness told through puppets, music, and dance:

• cautionary puppet skullduggery from Vox Fabuli Puppets 

• out-of-the-box bellydance from Kendra Hayes

• puppets and physical theatre twisted into shape by Good Evening, Mr. Homunculus

• tales of darkly deranged delight from Kelleen Conway Blanchard

• get tucked into bed by our fabulous host, Amber the Wolfe

• …more surprises and special musical guests to be announced…

About the producers:

Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit puppet musical MANOS – The Hands of Felt, Rachel recently brought her talented hands to Team of Heroes: No More Heroes, Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical and Whedonesque Burlesque. She also co-produces Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.

Kendra Hayes has been carrying around the banner for dark avant-garde bellydance since 2000, having shared stages with everyone from the Crystal Method to King Tut. She’s founder of the infamous dance troupe Hands of Kali and author of the rock n roll bellydance guide “Stomping Ground” and the forthcoming novel “Kindling.” Currently, Kendra owns and operates Tin Can Studio in Seattle’s historic Old Rainier Brewery, where she commands a small army of ferocious housecats, listens to the voices in her head and occasionally choreographs a dance routine.

Michael Hayes’ sound design and original musics have appeared on gobs of local stages, plenty of internet, and even the Discovery Channel (yay royalties!) In addition, he has been known to dabble in lighting design, cinematography, and producing. Michael’s music project, the Fog People (with none other than Rachel Jackson as collaborator), is nearing completion on a new record. He recently and quietly turned down a touring gig to start Tin Can Studio with his lovely wife, and he spends a lot of time with his pug Brutus.


Vox Fabuli Announces Fall Puppet Classes

Vox Fabuli Announces Fall Puppet Classes

What:  Basic Puppet Building – Animals 

Saturday, Sept 6th or

Saturdays, Sept 27th – Oct 11th

Beginning Stage Puppeteering 

Sundays, Sept 28th – Oct 12th


Cost:  $160 per class

Where:  Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230

815 Seattle Blvd South

Seattle, WA 98134

*Classes recommended for ages 15 and up

*Class sizes limited to 8

Registration links

Basic Puppet Building: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/829227
Beginning Stage Puppeteering: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/829296

Vox Fabuli Puppets introduces a brand new puppet building class as part of their Fall 2014 class line-up. “‘When are you going to teach us how to make puppets?’ is a question I get asked fairly often,” said Vox Fabuli owner Rachel Jackson. “It was a matter of creating a pattern that was appropriate for a class. This summer I finally got time to sit down and do that.”

Basic Puppet Building – Animals

~ 1-Day Class: Saturday, September 6th from 10am-5pm

~ 3-Week Class: Saturdays, Sept 27 – Oct 11 from 11am-1pm

Walk in with a sad, naked hand and walk out with a fabulous new puppet friend in this basic class. Dip your toe into the wide, weird waters of puppet construction: cutting, sewing (hand and machine) and hot gluing your way to a finished puppet. Instructor Rachel Jackson will guide you step-by-step as you create one of five animals: Dog, Cat, Bear, Bunny or Unicorn.

Beginning Stage Puppeteering

Sundays, Sept 28 – Oct 121-4pm

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Students learn the fundamentals of Muppet-style puppeteering through a combo of easy exercises, wicked challenges and practical scene work. Over the 3 weeks, you’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills. Working in the realm of visible puppeteering, we’ll explore both arm-and-rod and live hand puppets.

No puppet experience required.

~ Please dress comfortably and be ready to move.

About Vox Fabuli Puppets: 

Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit “MANOS – The Hands of Felt”, she more recently brought her talented hands to “Team of Heroes: No More Heroes”, “Whedonesque Burlesque” and “Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical”.


Vancouver Regional Puppet Festival

Victoria, BC, CANADA
September, 2014
Friday 19th to Sunday the 21


The Pacific Northwest Region invites the Puppeteers of America and all others to join us to celebrate 2.5 days of the art of the puppet in the beautiful tourist destination of Victoria, BC, Canada. www.tourismvictoria.com


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