Monthly Archives: January 2012

New Acquisitions at Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum

Stanley Hess would like to invite you all to come to Bremerton and visit the Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum.
“I am in the process of installing our 2011 New Acquisitions exhibit, highlighting a selection of our latest gifts to the Museum in the past year.  Highlights include a wonderful selection of Indonesian wayang golek andkayu puppets, two wonderful marionettes by early UW puppet master Alanson ‘Lance’ Davis (1909-1976), three 19th century Chinese marionettes, and “Fire Bird” by Debbie Hammond.  Come visit this West Sound Treasure.  If you have never been you are in for a treat.  Leave your car in Seattle, just a short walk from the ferry.  Come for Bremerton’s First Friday Art Walk (Feb. 3rd, 5-8 pm) or visit us during our regular open hours, Wednesday through Saturday, 11 – 4.  This new exhibit will be on display through April, 2012.”
Stanley Hess
Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum
257 Fourth Street
Bremerton, WA 98337

Northwest Puppet Center presents: Thumbelina

Here is a wonderful way to warm up the dreary days of winter!

Northwest Puppet Center

THUMBELINA: The Original Flower Child
by Oregon Shadow Theatre

Jan. 14-29
Sat. 1pm & 3pm
Sun. 1pm & 3pm

Tickets available 30 minutes before each show at the box office or can be purchased in advance:

This performance is designed with inspiration from Art Noveau. Live music of the 60’s-70’s sets the tone for this flower power fairytale.

“Hans Christian Andersen never had it so groovy.” Richard Farr, Seattle Times

Hope you can all make it to the show!

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

tel: 206 523 2579
fax: 206 523 8078

Thistle Theatre presents: "More Auntie Lena’s African Stories"

Thistle Theatre, a puppet theatre for families presents:

Picture of Val and the possum

More Auntie Lena’s African Stories

Playing her drum and asking for audience response, Auntie Lena and her friend, Possum, are back to

sing and tell more African stories. Stories include “Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky” and

“Anansi, the Spider” which is about the infamous trickster spider and an unsuspecting turtle.

Val Thomas-Matson, founder of Look, Listen and Learn (a commercial free, early-learning TV

program) plays Auntie Lena. Brian Stabile and Lisa Haslbauer are the puppeteers in the show

directed by Artistic Director, Jean Enticknap. Sue Ennis has penned three new songs for the show

and all have African grooves by ethnomusicologist, Kim Alessi, including the original “Story Tree”

song. Brian Stabile designed and built the new puppets in the production.


Locations and Dates:

Magnuson Park Theatre

7120 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Jan. 21, 22 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)


Sunset Hill Community Club

3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117

Feb. 3 (7:30PM), Feb. 4, 5 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)


Bellevue Youth Theatre

16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008

Feb. 11, 12 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)



Child/Senior $8.00

General $9.00


Phone: (206) 524-3388


Join Us for the Puppeteers of Puget Sound Post-Holiday Potluck

Join Us for the Puppeteers of Puget Sound Post-Holiday Potluck

When: Thursday, January 19 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. Stay tuned for announcement of a new date.


Jean Mattson’s House

13002 10TH Ave. NW

Seattle, WA 98177

Our local guild, the Puppeteers of Puget Sound, is holding the annual post-holiday potluck. Please join us at Jean Mattson’s house for good food, talk of puppets, and an opportunity to enjoy the beginning of another year with our community. Per tradition, we will also be voting on new officers for the guild (if you are interested in serving, contact us at

The spread will be more satisfying if we all contact Jean as soon as possible to let her know what we’ll be bringing. E-mail is best, and be sure to cc Nick Hubbard, who is helping to organize the event.


Can’t wait to see you there!

Guild event at Northwest Puppet Center: "Quixote" this Friday!

Puppeteers of Puget Sound!
Join us for a special guild event at Northwest Puppet Center, this coming Friday, January 6.
Come at 7pm for socializing and snacks.
“Quixote” at 8pm
Free for guild members
Film screening plus Q&A with the director, Steven Ritz-Barr
Here is a link for the trailer:
Northwest Puppet Center
9123 15th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA 98115-3111
(206) 523-2579
And mark your calendars for Thursday next (January 19), our tentative date for the annual holiday party!  Details to come soon enough.