Monthly Archives: October 2013

Puppet Films at Northwest Puppet Center

Northwest Puppet Center’s series of puppet films starts off with:

Sat. Oct. 19th at 2pm
Stop-motion puppetry from the creators of “Coraline”
FREE admission

Sat. Oct. 26th at 2pm
“Muppets Take Manhattan”
Classic muppet mayhem.
FREE admission

More films to be announced. In addition to popular hits like these, there will be some documentaries, cult films and even some bizarre artsy stuff. Stay tuned!

When you visit, make sure to take time to look at the new exhibit of Chinese puppet traditions. Looking forward to sharing all the 2013-2014 programs with you and the rest of our community. Thanks for your continued interest in the art of puppetry and thanks for your support of this unique non-profit organization.

Dmitri Carter

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

tel: 206 523 2579
fax: 206 523 8078

Thistle Theatre presents Aesop’s Fables

Lion and Mouse

Lion and Mouse

Thistle Theatre, a puppet theatre for families, presents:

Families of all ages will delight in Thistle Theatre’s puppet production of Aesop’s Fables. Aesop was born a slave in 6th Century BC and is heralded as one of the great moral teachers of all time. Aesop tells three entertaining stories of animals that have human foibles and strengths. Each of the tales is set in a different location on the Mediterranean Sea.

The first fable, “The Raven and the Swan”, is set in Greece and comically illustrates the lesson that true beauty is found within. Traveling to Egypt for the second fable, “The Lion and the Mouse”, shows how a small mouse can help a mighty lion. “The Tortoise and the Hare” journey to the markets of Byzantium (now Istanbul, Turkey) in the classic story of how “slow and steady wins the race”.

The production features the score and original songs written by Sue Ennis including two by Ann and Nancy Wilson of the rock group Heart, recent inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ben Burris and Gina Wilhelm are puppeteers directed by Jean Enticknap with puppets designed and built by Brian Kooser.

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

Funded in part with Funds from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.

Short Description

Aesop’s Fables
Aesop was born a slave in 6th Century BC and is heralded as one of the great moral teachers of all time. Aesop tells three entertaining stories of animals that have human foibles and strengths: “The Raven and the Swan”, “The Lion and the Mouse”, and the “Tortoise and the Hare”.

Tortoise and Hare

Tortoise and Hare

Performance Schedule for 2013:

Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE Bld 47, Seattle, WA 98115
Oct. 12, 13 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
Oct. 19, 20 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Oct. 26, 27 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Tickets: or

Individual Tickets
Children and Seniors – $8.00
General – $10.00

(206) 524-3388



Fall Puppetry Classes at Tin Can Studio

Fall Puppetry Classes
October 20 and 27, 1-3pm
taught by Rachel Jackson of Vox Fabuli Puppets
at Tin Can Studio

COST: per class: $35 pre-reg/$40 day-of
*Special Discount: $60 total if you pre-register for both classes*

To Register or for more info:


1-3pm, Sunday, October 20th

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. We’ll focus on how to make your puppet seem alive and connect with the audience. You’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional arm-and-rod puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills.

(No puppet experience required.)


INTERMEDIATE PUPPETRY – “Finding Your Puppet’s Character”
1-3pm, Sunday, October 27th

You know how to make your puppet talk, but what does she sound like?
You can make him move, but where is he going? And how does he get there?

In this fun, intermediate puppeteering class, you’ll learn the basics of characterization – voice, physicality and emotion – and how to apply them to your puppet. You’ll get tons of tips for making character choices and see what a big impact they can have on your puppet’s performance.

(Beginning Puppetry class or equivalent puppet experience recommended.)

To Register or for more info: