Monthly Archives: April 2013

Northwest Puppet Center presents “Secret Life of Bugs”

Northwest Puppet Center presents “Secret Life of Bugs”, the final show of our 2012-2013 season. With only two weekends, please don’t miss this fantastic performance.

May 4 – 12, 2013
Sat. 1pm & 3pm
Sun. 1pm & 3pm

Tickets available at the box office which opens 30 minutes before each show. Tickets may also be purchased anytime in advance by phone or online:


Thanks for your support and enjoy the show.



P.S. Northwest Puppet Center’s 2013-2014 Season will be announced soon.

Dmitri Carter

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

tel: 206 523 2579
fax: 206 523 8078

Shishi-Odori coming to Seattle Center

Shishi-Odori is a popular performing art commonly handed down from generation to generation in the Tohoku (northeast) region of Japan. Though varied in styles and forms, the main feature of the dance is the dancer’s mask called Shishi-Gashira (deer mask), representing an imaginary creature as a divine messenger. The drum hung at the waist and two long bamboo sticks called Sasara on the back weigh about 20 kilograms (44 pounds). The dynamic dance is enjoyed by the public to this day.

Shishi-Odori is performed as a ritual on different occasions, such as a memorial service for ancestral
spirits or in order to purify evil spirits, or sometimes in expression of gratitude for an abundant harvest. Although there are many different stories of the origin of Shishi-Odori, each shows a strong connection between the people who lived in that region and the nature around them.

We are delighted to invite two dancers, Mr. Shutaro Koiwa and Mr. Yasuo Sato from The 300-year old Gyozan Maikawa School Shishi Odori Preservation Group to perform a participatory demonstration. As it will be an opportunity not to be missed, be sure to come discover the spectacular Japanese performing art of Shishi-Odori!

The schedule of performance during the Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival is here.

NW Puppet Center presents: “Chickens & Pigs & Bears…Oh My!” by Parasol Puppets

by Parasol Puppets

April 13-28, 2013
Sat. 1pm & 3pm
Sun. 1pm & 3pm

Tickets available at the box office (30 minutes before each show). Advance ticketing available anytime online or by phone:

This delightful performance features three stories; THE LITTLE RED HEN, THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, and THE THREE BEARS. Peter Allen, founder of Parasol Puppets, was born in England and began performing when he was eight. He has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland and Germany, including many national and international festivals. For this show, each story is told with a different technique of puppetry (shadow puppets, marionettes and rod puppets). Come see for yourself and enjoy this creative retelling of these famous children’s tales.

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

tel: 206 523 2579
fax: 206 523 8078

Thistle Theatre Presents: Three Billy Goats Gruff

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Thistle Theatre Presents: Three Billy Goats Gruff

The puppeteer production is a hilarious version of the Norwegian story about the Three Billy Goats Gruff attempting to cross a bridge.

One day, “Kid”, the youngest Billy Goat Gruff, goes off in search of green, green grass and is startled by a River Troll! The River Troll tells him that there are many kinds of trolls in Norway, and assures Kid that he is one of the nice trolls. Learning this, Kid begs the River Troll to take him to the green, green grass on the other side of the river. After a slippery attempt, the River Troll changes his mind. Kid’s brother, “Junior” comes along and in many inventive ways they attempt to cross the river. Unfortunately, one of the attempts puts them in grave danger and the River Troll has to save the two younger Billy Goats Gruff. After much begging, and against his better judgment, the River Troll agrees to build a bridge by morning. He warns them, “When you build a bridge, you are sure to get a bridge troll.” Sure enough, as soon as it is built, a Bridge Troll comes along and starts sleeping under “his” new bridge.

When the Three Billy Goats Gruff see the new bridge, the oldest “Big Billy” refuses to let them cross because, “where you find a bridge, you are sure to find a bridge troll.” Despite multiple warnings, Kid cannot resist and comes back to cross the bridge. As he starts to cross he hears from below, “Who’s that trip-trapping across my bridge?” It’s the cranky Bridge Troll and he is not about to let anyone pass. Will the Three Billy Goats Gruff ever get to eat the green, green grass on the other side of the bridge?

The production features Bunraku, full-body, and rod puppets. Thistle Theatre specializes in tabletop Bunraku, an ancient Japanese style of puppetry. Puppeteers Ben Burris and Brian Stabile play multiple roles in the production directed by Jean Enticknap. Enticknap co-adapted the story with Sue Ennis who also wrote four original songs for the production. The puppets were designed and built by Brian Kooser.

water troll fish

Performance Schedule and Locations:

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008 May 18, 19 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117 May 24 (7:30PM), May 25, 26 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Magnuson Park Theatre
7120 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115 June 1, 2 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Children and Seniors – $8.00 General – $10.00
Information: (206) 524-3388

Billy and Bridge Troll