Monthly Archives: February 2012

Ten Years of PuppetFest MidWest!

Our 10th Annual PuppetFest MidWest will be held in Trenton, Missouri on July 10 -15, 2012.  Have you seen our updated PuppetFest MidWest website?  We have all of this year’s workshops listed (several brand new ones, too!),  photos from years gone by, and even a cooking section! You can download our registration form as well.  Full registration, room and board fees and everything you need to know to have an inspiring puppet time right here in the wilds of Missouri this summer.

There are five Public performances at the Fest.  Three of them are already listed on our website, the others are coming soon!  Scholarship info has been updated and is available on the website.

To get an idea of what has been taught and performed at the first NINE PuppetFest MidWests, please click the link on the website to “past PuppetFest MidWest festivals”. You can read reviews from excited participants of our first NINE Festivals. This year’s PuppetFest is funded in part by the Missouri Arts Council.  We certainly hope to see you at this year’s PuppetFest MidWest!  We have only 75 spaces available, so please register early.

Thank you,
Debbie Lutzky Allen and Peter Allen
Directors, PuppetFest MidWest
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Thistle Theatre presents: "Hanako and the Cherry Tree"

picture of Hanako and the Cherry Tree puppet showHanako and the Cherry Tree

(The Pitfalls Of Mr. Yama)

Puppets tell Bizarre tale from Japan!


WHO:           Thistle Theatre a puppet theatre for families


WHAT:         Hanako and the Cherry Tree  (The Pitfalls of Mr. Yama)


WHERE AND WHEN:         

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information.

Bellevue Youth Theatre:

16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008

Mar. 3, 4  (2:00PM & 4:00PM)


Magnuson Park: 

7120 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Mar. 10, 11  (1:00PM & 3:00PM)


Sunset Hill Community Club:

3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117

Mar. 16 (7:30) Mar. 17, 18 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)


Tickets Prices:

Children and Seniors – $8.00

General Admission – $9.00

(206) 524-3388.


Description of Story:

Mr.Yama, a wealthy miser, meets a young girl who has climbed his cherry tree to retrieve her kite.  Unwilling to share any of the tree’s bounty, Mr. Yama accidentally swallows a cherry pit and a tree grows out of his head!   A bizarre series of events follow including encounters with mythical Japanese creatures including a Tengu (a mountain goblin), an Oni (ogre) and a serpent! Humor, danger and excitement fill this tall tale told with Bunraku, shadow and blacklight puppets.


Thistle Theatre is the only performing arts organization in the Pacific Northwest that specializes in Bunraku puppets, an ancient Japanese style of puppetry. The puppeteers, dressed head-to-toe in black to suggest invisibility, operate all of the character’s limbs by hand from behind. Lisa Haslbauer, Brian Stabile and Gina Wilhelm  are the puppeteers in the production directed by Jean Enticknap.


Picture of Hanako and Kite

Northwest Puppet Center presents: "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf"

Northwest Puppet Center presents:


Based on the popular children’s book by Jon Scieszka
Performed by Paul Mesner Puppets

Two weekends only!

Feb. 11-19, 2012
Sat. 1pm & 3pm
Sun. 1pm & 3pm

Tickets available at the box office (opens 30 minutes before each show) or online (anytime):

Hope you can all attend this fabulous and ridiculous performance.



P.S. Coming next, “The Odyssey”:

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

tel: 206 523 2579
fax: 206 523 8078