Category Archives: Puppet Shows

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

The next show in the season is wonderful for audiences of all ages and is based on the popular children’s book by Jon Scieszka.
Created and performed by Paul Mesner Puppets
Nov. 7-22, 2015
Saturdays at 1pm & 3pm
Sundays at 1pm & 3pm
Tickets available at the box office 30 minutes before showtime.  Advance tickets can be purchased anytime online or by phone:
For all our subscribers, please remember that your name is at the box office and you are welcome at whichever showing that works best for your schedule.  If you want your tickets set aside in advance, feel free to let us know the date and time by emailing or calling the puppet center:


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

tel:  206 523 2579


Special Event at NW Puppet Center 10/23 & 10/24

Hello Friends of Northwest Puppet Center,

Please join us for a special performance:
by Bread & Puppet Theater
Oct. 23rd at 8pm
Oct. 24th at 8pm
Since the 1960’s, this troupe has been active with social and political spectacles using giant puppets and masks.  Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Bread & Puppet brings one of their most important works to the West Coast with only 2 performances in Seattle.
“Humans wage war against each other and their own mother:  Nature.  Essentially war is the ferocious stupidity that insists on the application of brutality for problem solution, whether the brutality is directed at humans or mountaintops. “FIRE” is a chapel against war, where you sit down to witness the effects of war while contemplating its opposite.”
Peter Schumann, founder of Bread & Puppet
Advance tickets available:
If cost is an issue, please contact the puppet center directly (not the ticketing service) because we don’t want that to deter anyone from being able to attend.  Please note, this performance is not intended for young children and is not part of the season subscription.
In addition to the performance, Bread & Puppet will be leading a workshop on Cantastoria which is open to participants of ALL AGES.
by Bread & Puppet
Oct. 25th at 11am
Advance tickets available:
Both the performances and the workshop will be held at Northwest Puppet Center.  Hope to see you at these special programs.
P.S.  After this special event, the season continues with “True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf” by Paul Mesner Puppets playing Nov. 7-22.

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

tel:  206 523 2579

Thistle Theatre 2015-2016 Season

Thistle Theatre 2015-2016 Season

Thistle Theatre opens their 2015-2016 Season with “Jack and the Beanstalk” followed by “Merry Chris Mouse”, “The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling” and “Brother Coyote and Sister Fox”. All tickets are only $10.  Purchase a $30 season ticket pass and get one show for free.

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Jack and the Giant
“Jack and the Beanstalk” is based on an old English version of the story. Jack Spriggins trades his family’s cow for five colored beans. His long-suffering mother tosses the beans and they magically grow as tall as the sky. An amazing adventure ensues when Jack climbs to the top of the beanstalk and becomes a slave to the Cyclops Wife of the Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum Giant. A golden hen, a magic singing harp, a green fairy, and a fool add to the musical merriment.

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“Merry Chris Mouse” is an original heartwarming story of sharing at holiday time.  A brown mouse family, homeless on Christmas Eve, moves into the wall of a child’s playroom. Dismayed at the sight of their disheveled home, mouse twins Christine and Christopher scamper into the child’s room to scavenge.  While exploring, they discover a tiny white mouse in a cage…plans for a rescue ensue!

Funny woman

“The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling” is based on a Japanese story.  A funny woman follows a rice dumpling down a hole and it bounces into another world. Following a road, she meets 3 statues of Jizo, who each warn her of danger. Unfortunately, an Oni (horned ogre) finds her and takes her captive. The funny woman uses humor and her wits to adapt to her changing situations. Funded in part with a Family Grant from the Jim Henson Foundation.
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“Brother Coyote and Sister Fox”, is a delightful and humorous adaptation of a Mexican folktale. Brother Coyote wants one thing and one thing only, to catch and eat one of Doña Conchita’s plump chickens. Quick-witted Sister Fox is always one step ahead of him, waiting to trick him with one of her clever schemes to keep all the chickens to herself! English, Spanish and yes…plenty of chickens! This show open at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta in January.

All shows funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.

Individual Tickets: $10
Season Pass: $30 (one show free)

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2015-2016 family Season Dates

Jack and the Beanstalk

BYT- Ivanhoe Theatre
Oct. 10, 11  (2:00PM & 4:00PM)
Magnuson Park:
Oct. 17, 18 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)
Sunset Hill Community Club
Oct. 24, 25 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Merry Chris Mouse
Thistle Theatre Studio at Magnuson Park
Dec 5, 6 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)
Sunset Hill Community Club
Dec. 12, 13 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)
BYT- Ivanhoe Theatre
Dec 19, 20 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling

BYT- Ivanhoe Theatre
March 12, 13 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)
Sunset Hill Community Club
Mar. 19, 20 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)
Magnuson Park Theatre
March 26, 27 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Brother Coyote and Sister Fox

Sunset Hill Community Club
May 21, 22 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)
BYT- Ivanhoe Theatre
May 28, 29 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)
Magnuson Park Theatre
June 18, 19 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 10

What: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 10

When: October 9 & 10


Where: Theatre Off Jackson

409 7th Ave S

Seattle, WA

Tickets: $12

More info:

This October, Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam returns, celebrating 4 fabulous years of providing quality puppet shows for the fine adults of Seattle with VOLUME 10.


Seattle’s Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is a cabaret-style puppet show for grown-ups. Each short piece – creative, quirky and often experimental – is created and performed by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond!) From the brand spanking new to the tried-and-true, every act is guaranteed to have one important thing in common: puppets.

The 10 Puppet Artists of VOLUME 10:

Jason Mondine

Jenelle Weidlich
John Tyndall
The Norse Goddess
Puppet Therapy
Smitty Buckler
Tears of Gin
Vox Fabuli Puppets
Annex Theatre (with an excerpt from their late-night show Mad Scientist Cabaret)
… the return of Fussy Cloud co-founder Gavin Cummins!

All lovingly sherpa-ed into a nimble fingered flow by our MC, The Effervescent, Ever-Present, and Amazingly Prescient Rebecca M Davis!

During the day before the slam October 10, Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is co-producing another event: The first FELT-A-CON, a day of activities celebrating the art of puppeteering.

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 10 is produced by Rachel Jackson, and presented in association with Theatre Off Jackson. Funding made possible in part by the Puppet Slam Network.

About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam: 

A proud member of the national Puppet Slam Network, Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam has been providing quality puppet shows for the fine adults of Seattle since 2011. Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam aims to promote the puppetry community and support the growth and exploration of both new and seasoned puppeteers in the Pacific Northwest through our ongoing performance series. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, every performance features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)! 


Northwest Puppet Center’s New Season

Dear Friends of Northwest Puppet Center:

It is time to start the new season of shows at the puppet center which brings the best deal of the year, season subscriptions.  Please consider becoming a subscriber for only $35 (same for adult or child).

FIVE different puppet shows!
ONE remarkably low price!

Get your subscription online or over the phone:

Just pick the date and time of your first performance.  No need to plan everything in advance, tickets for the rest of the shows can be reserved anytime by emailing or calling the puppet center directly.

Your subscription includes all five of the following great shows:

Oct. 3 – 18, 2015
Vignettes by master puppeteers from Beijing
Performed by Dragon Art Studio

Nov. 7 – 22, 2015
Adapted from the silly children’s book by Jon Scieszka
Performed by Paul Mesner Puppets

Dec 5 – 20, 2015
The circus is coming to town and this one is comprised entirely of puppets
Performed by Parasol Puppets

March 26 – April 10, 2016
Make an unexpected discovery with Doc Chapeau in this underwater adventure
Performed by Oregon Shadow Theatre

May 7 – 15, 2016
Discover the incredible world of insects in this blacklight puppetry performance
Performed by Spyglass Theatre

Hope to see you all at the shows.  Thank you for your continued interest in puppetry and support of this unique non-profit arts organization.


Dmitri Carter

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

tel:  206 523 2579

Puppeteers of Puget Sound Meeting Nov. 10 at 7:30pm

Mary Shaver Puppet

Hand Puppetry Performance and Workshop
Free to members, $5 at door for non-members.

Puppeteers of Puget Sound Meeting, Tuesday Nov. 10 at 7:30pm. (NOT NOV. 12)
Thistle Theatre Studio, Magnuson Park. 6310 NW 74th St, Seattle, WA 98115.
On bus lines and free parking.

Puppeteer Mary Shaver will perform Issun Boshi: the Tiny Samurai, the Japanese tale of the small overcoming the large and being the hero. Following the performance, Mary will lead a hand puppet manipulation workshop, including a hand puppet manipulation hand out. By the end of this workshop we promise your puppetry skills will be improved!

Mary Shaver is an artist, master puppeteer, and educator who spent twenty-five years living in Asia and Europe while traveling extensively worldwide. She performs, lectures, and consults; starred for three years on the award-winning children’s television show “Pepe’s Magic Tales”; has created for movies and major television networks.   Honey Goodenough, of Puppet Slam fame and a 2015-2016 UNIMA board member, considers Mary Shaver an inspiration for her puppet career.

Please RSVP to Jean Enticknap via email

Water Puppetry by The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre of Saigon

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Water puppets

If you have never experienced water puppetry, town hall is bringing The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre of Saigon. They bill it a  “A lavish, over-the-top spectacle appropriate for the whole family”.  A very enjoyable event!

More information available on the Town Hall website.

And also on Facebook:

Thistle Theatre presents: “Little Red Riding Hood”

Picture of Little Red and Sunflowers

Little Red and Sunflowers

Thistle Theatre presents:  Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood sets off to Grandmutter’s house with a basket full of goodies and stumbles into an armful of adventure. Rudy, an impish squirrel, befriends Little Red Riding Hood and warns her of the dangerous wolf. The arrogant wolf assumes a variety of disguises in his attempt to gobble her up. Fritz, the telegram singing bird, and Greta, a rabbit with a carriage full of baby bunnies, round out the zany characters Little Red Riding Hood meets on her adventure. This action filled show is set in Bavaria and includes an interactive song in which the audience is invited to sing along.

Songwriter, Sue Ennis has penned the humorous Wolf Aria, one of the most popular songs ever written for Thistle Theatre. A talented ensemble of puppeteers, Ben Burris, Amy Escobar and Gina Wilhelm perform all character voices and songs live in the production directed by Jean Enticknap. Funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
May 16, 17 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
May 30, 31 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
June 13, 14 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

All tickets are $10.

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Puppet fun during Art Up PhinneyWood this weekend.

For Art Up PhinneyWood: The BIG One, Seattle ReCreative will be exhibiting paintings and prints by Jeffrey Hantman and fruit peel sculptures by Chris Huber.

Art up and chow down in Phinney and Greenwood during the 20th Annual PhinneyWood Art Walk – The BIG One
May 8 from 6 – 9 pm and May 9 from 12 – 5 pm

70 businesses in Phinney and Greenwood from 87th to 65th and 100+ artists will be participating. Featuring art in a wide variety of mediums including visual, performance and music. Maps and additional information available at

Additionally, ReCreative will be offering these FREE (all ages) community events and entertainment:

May 8th, 6-8pm: Nightmerriment Fuzzy Monsters

Come check out some walk around puppetry by artist and storyteller Matthew Hopkins!

May 8th, 6-8pm: Fairytale Puppet Theater

Bring your own fairytale stories to life in this FREE Make & Take workshop with award-winning puppeteer and artist Sarah Frechette. Using recycled & art materials, kids will create fairytale animal puppets inspired by the vibrant, and imaginative puppetry art of “What The Moon Saw”, an artful adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina and The Ugly Ducking debuting May 2nd through 17th at the Northwest Puppet Center in Seattle, WA.

May 9th, 12-2pm: Family Play Studio

Bring the kids in for some hands-on activities with early childhood educator Jessica Lord! bond with the little people you love We will be building with loose parts and playing with a variety of sensory and art mediumsin a dynamic and playful environment that honors our natural desire to experiment and explore. This FREE two hour drop-in playtime is child-directed and self-paced.


Jeff Hantman received a BFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995 and has been living and working in the Bay Area for 20 years. In his studio he disassembles these collected items and reconfigures them into large sculptures that resemble objects that may or may not be obsolete. He combines woodworking, printmaking and painting to create his sculptures.


Make do with what you have; have fun with what you make.

Fresh lime rinds are strong and pliable like leather. They remember their spherical origin even if cut into thin strips. They change gradually as they air dry into brittle forms, but are full of natural preservatives that work as long as they don’t get damp. Things start out luscious and fragrant and then sort of wither. The ephemeral qualities suggested time capsules. The other contraptions are like fruit: to get what’s in there you have to destroy the shell. Photos capture the fresh phase and document what’s on the inside.

Also binkies, bottlecaps, and what not.

Huber was raised and spent most of his life in and near St. Louis. He studied in Ohio and abroad, and has been living in the DC area for the last 7 years. He expects to be relocating to Bangkok later this year. He has a keen interest in visual symbolism. Under the pseudonym Andros Chrystal he created The Puppeteer’s Cosmic Puzzle, which is in the collection of the Musee Francais de la Carte a Jouer d’Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris.

Huber’s work will be on display from May 4-11.

Facebook page for the event:

Northwest Puppet Center presents: “What the Moon Saw”


Northwest Puppet Center is proud to present:

by PuppetKabob

Two of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved tales, “Thumbelina” and “The Ugly Duckling”, are brought together in this imaginative performance.  What will happen to a pair of misfits on their moonlit adventure?  Don’t miss the West Coast premier of this magical puppet show about a pair of unlikely friends.

May 2-17, 2015

Saturdays at 1pm & 3pm
Sundays at 1pm & 3pm

Box office opens 30 minutes before showtime.
Advance tickets can be purchased anytime:

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

tel:  206 523 2579