Visit the Re-Opened Valentinetti Puppet Museum

Valentinetti Puppet Museum
280 4th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337
(360) 479-6226

Thursday – Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 12 pm – 4 pm

COVID protocols such as face masks and social distancing are in effect

Featuring: ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE
An exhibit celebrating the diverse styles and types of puppet stages found around the world.

Model of a Wayang Kulit shadow stage from Java, Indonesia with three examples of shadow puppets.
Model of a Wayang Kulit shadow stage from Java, Indonesia with three examples of shadow puppets. Photo courtesy of Valentinetti Puppet Museum.

Spyglass Theater Presents The Secret Life of Bugs

Performed LIVE and streamed from 18th & Union Arts Space

Saturday March 13 @ 11 AM & 7 PM
Sunday March 14 @ 11 AM
Tickets $10 and up

Step through the magnifying glass of blacklight puppetry into a world of Dragonflies and Dung Beetles. An exotic musical soundtrack provides the thread that connects insect, plant and animal species in the web of life. Ananse the Spider uses his knowledge of entomology to illustrate natural events such as orb weaving, nesting and metamorphosis. Performed by Rob Witmer and Margaret Savas.

World Premiere of This Is Not The Little Prince

This Is Not The Little Prince
Whim W’Him Seattle Contemporary Dance
Thursday, January 28 @ 7pm PST Online
Launch Party starts @ 6pm PST on Facebook Live
Tickets: 3-DAY access passes range from $5-$50 (annual and monthly memberships also available)

 The dance film, “This Is Not The Little Prince,” is a daring re-imagining of the live production that premiered at Cornish Playhouse in June 2019.

Artistic Director & Founder Olivier Wevers’ critically acclaimed, full-length contemporary dance creation explores Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic book through the lens of Rene Magritte’s surrealist vision, and features original music, sculptures, puppets and miniature art by Seattle-based artists, including puppet designer and PoPS member, Stephani Sachs.

This Is Not The Little Prince poster

Update from the Valentinetti Puppet Museum

VALENTINETTI PUPPET MUSEUM, 280 Fourth Street, Bremerton, WA 98337.

Like everyone, COVID and its closures has been catastrophic for us.  Most of 2020 the VPM and its host museum have been closed.  For a short period of time in the fall we were able to open observing all of the protocols.  In the late fall the Curator began installing a new holiday exhibit “All the World’s a Stage,” featuring puppet stages from around the world and different cultures—toy and performance in the collection.  Just as that process was nearing completion we had to close again.  

All the World's a Stage exhibit
All the World's a Stage exhibit

All the World’s a Stage photographs courtesy of Stanley Hess

All the World's a Stage exhibit

Please check our website for reopening information or call the museum at 360.479.6226. Questions about the museum’s current exhibits or its collections can be directed to the Curator, Stanley Hess.  Exhibits change 3 or 4 times a year.  “All the World’s a Stage” will be held over for several months when we are able to re-open.

Website Growing Pains

Apologies from your new webmaster for all the notifications of new, yet very outdated posts today. It was part of a site cleanup that included some learning experiences. While these old posts are still available on the site, they are hidden deep down and were only left on for reference purposes. As my colleagues always say when something goes wrong at work, “It was Nettle’s fault!”

cat puppet
Nettle, the cat puppet, who denies all wrongdoing

Jean Mattson and Joan King Festival Scholarship

Please share a memory or greeting!
In April 2020, the Puppeteers of Puget Sound decided to name our festival scholarship for Jean Mattson and Joan King, long-time PoPS board members and supporters. With the pandemic, we never had a party to celebrate their contributions. Both in their nineties, Jean and Joan find email and social media access difficult.

We would like to compile greetings, memories and thanks from friends and puppeteers into a print document for each of them. Please email your message with the subject line “Jean and
Joan Scholarship”
to jean@thistletheatre.org

Joan King and Jean Mattson. The Seattle Puppetory Theatre.

You can donate to the Jean Mattson and Joan King Festival Scholarship through PayPal.

Read the full proclamation and learn more about these amazing puppeteers here: Jean Mattson and Joan King Festival Scholarship (PDF)

Or watch this video featuring the history of their Seattle Puppetory Theater: