Monthly Archives: April 2014

Thistle Theatre presents: “Beatrix Potter’s TALES OF PETER RABBIT”

Photo of Thistle Theatre Puppeteers - Peter Rabbit

Thistle Theatre Puppeteers – Peter Rabbit

Thistle Theatre, a puppet theatre for families, presents:


“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and “The Tale of Benjamin Bunny” are combined to reveal the beloved world of Beatrix Potter. On a beautiful summer morning the lovable hedgehog, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, merrily journeys to the fir tree home of Mrs. Rabbit. She is delivering the freshly washed clothes of Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. Little does she know that Peter is going to wear his clean blue jacket on a dangerous adventure in Mr. McGregor’s garden!

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) was born in London but spent most of her adult life in Sawrey, West Morland County in northern England. Potter spent much of her time creating detailed drawings of the local flora and fauna and wished to publish a book on her botanical studies. When this proved unsuccessful, she turned to creating small children’s stories with beautiful drawings. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was written in 1893 and Beatrix Potter paid to have it published in 1900 as a gift for one child. This one child’s gift has pleased thousands upon thousands of children ever since.

Founding Artistic Director Jean Enticknap was awarded an Artist Trust Grant for creating

Tales of Peter Rabbit using Bunraku-style puppets. 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, dressed entirely in black to symbolize their invisibility, operate the puppets. Ben Burris, Gina Wilhelm and Heidi Persson are the puppeteers directed by Jean Enticknap.

Supported in part from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.

Locations and Dates:
Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE Bld 47, Seattle, WA 98115

April 26, 27 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
May 3, 4 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
May 17, 18 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

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

Purchase tickets at or

Information (206) 524-3388

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Spring Submissions

It’s Spring! Time yet again for another volume of the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam! We’re very excited to announce that our 8th slam will be presented at Theatre Puget Sound’s Theatre4.

Fussy Cloud aims to provide Seattle with quality adult puppetry performances and support the growth and exploration of both new and seasoned puppeteers. Each slam features an evening of live puppet shorts and films.

We are seeking adult puppet pieces up to 8 minutes long. (“adult” as in “not for children”; “blue” material is acceptable but not required.)

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, April 21st.

Whether you are new to puppetry or have performed at our slam before, we invite you to submit. Whether you have a finished piece to debut, an idea to workshop, or a puppet classic, we want to hear from you! Fussy Cloud is a place to be creative, quirky and experimental.

– Small stipends will be paid to each act
– Additionally some travel stipends are available for out-of-towners

If you would be interested in participating please provide us with some information about your piece:

• Quick Description of your piece (story line, type of puppets used, how many puppeteers, general mood, etc):
• Approx. Length:
• Any video link?
• Any Pictures? (attach to email)

Please send all information and inquiries to:

Info: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume VIII
When: Saturday, May 31st at 8pm
Where: Theatre Puget Sound’s Theatre4
305 Harrison St Seattle, WA 98109