Thistle Theatre presents: Baba Yaga and the Bag of Gold

photo of Baba Yaga and Ivan

Baba Yaga and Ivan

Thistle Theatre presents: Baba Yaga and the Bag of Gold

Baba Yaga, the infamous witch who flies around in a mortar and pestle, steals a bag of gold from Vasilisa and her younger brother, Ivan. The brave, but foolish, Ivan sets off to recover the family treasure and literally finds himself in hot water. A fascinating assortment of characters, including Baba Yaga’s cat, a rabbit and a family of mice complete the cast of characters in this Slavic tale. Black light scenes of a hut that walks on chicken legs and a dancing fence of skulls and bones are featured in the production using tabletop Bunraku-style of puppetry.

Jean Enticknap who created and directs the production, wrote the story in the style of the wonder tale genre in which a character is given some form of magic to help them with their quest. Puppeteers Ben Burris, Zane Exactly and Gina Wilhelm bring the story to life. A musical score, created by Michael Flint, accompanies the story. The production is funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.

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 who dress entirely in black to symbolize their invisibility operate the puppets.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:
Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE Bld 47, Seattle, WA 98115
October 25, 26 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
November 1, 2 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

All individual tickets are $10 or purchase a 2014-2015 Season Ticket for $30 and see Baba Yaga plus three more shows including Gingerbread Boy, Momotaro (Peach Boy), and Little Red Riding Hood.

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For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or or visit:

Short Description
Baba Yaga, the infamous witch who flies around in a mortar and pestle, steals a bag of gold from a family. The foolish Ivan sneaks off to recover the gold and is captured by Baba Yaga. His older sister, Vasilisa, goes to his rescue aided by animal friends and a little magic!

Photo of Ivan with Sword

Ivan with Sword


Posted on October 23, 2014, in Events, Puppet Shows and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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