Barnstorm: The Cabaret Re-Imagined Uses Puppetry to Discuss Current Social Issues

Barnstorm: The Cabaret Re-Imagined strives to engender a return to the style of 19th-century cabarets, which created a space in which to open dialogue between artists and citizens about important issues. In this spirit, Barnstorm has invited artists to do so by utilizing their own unique disciplines. One such discipline is puppetry, the particular medium of artist Jonathan Nawn. In his piece, Nawn approaches current social issues aided by a plush pig puppet. Those interested in attending can buy their tickets here.

Barnstorm is an artist-run, volunteer-operated event in Seattle that seeks to create open dialogue about issues relevant to our times. The artists represented there will approach a range of subject matters from a variety of disciplines including visual art, kabuki theater, dance, and much more. All of this will take place in a new Belltown arts venue, built from the ground up, which offers wine, food, and comfortable couches. Find out more about Barnstorm at their website.


1927 Third Avenue in Belltown, Seattle, WA

Thursday, May 5, 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday, May 6, 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 7, 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

For more information, email or call 206.240.0567.


Puppetry Consultants and Advisors

Need help learning what supplies might work for something, or an idea about how to make a comfortable neck for hand puppet? The Puppeteers of Puget Sound has a number of advisors who will help members.

Puppetry Consultants

Dmitri Carter: History

Rob D’Arc: General Mentoring

Zane Exactly: Shadow Puppetry

Rachel Jackson: Crowdfunding, Marketing, Theatre Producing & Hand & Rod Puppetry

Members with puppetry expertise to share can contact the webmaster to be added to this list.

Hire a Puppeteer

Our group has a variety of puppeteers who can help you build puppets, or put on puppet shows at birthday parties, libraries or other events.

Birthday Parties, Library Shows, and More

Clay Martin’s Puppet Theater

NW Puppet Center

Thistle Theatre

Puppeteers who wish to be added to this list, please join the Puppeteers of Puget Sound!  Already a member?  Contact the webmaster to be included on this list. 

Marionette Opera: The Burning House

by Carter Family Marionettes with Music Director Margriet Tindemans and special musical guests
April 29 – May 8, 2011
At the request of Prince Esterhazy, Franz Josef Haydn created this opera especially for The Royal Marionette Theater at Esterhaza Palace. Splendid live baroque music lead by the internationally acclaimed Margriet Tindemans. Exquisite cast and sets by Carter Family Marionettes. The Carter Family presented their opera to sold-out crowds at the Sanssouci Palace Theatre of Frederick the Great. “The Burning House” makes a triumphant return from Europe with a limited engagement of only two-weekends in Seattle. Don’t miss your chance to see this masterpiece of music and marionettes!

Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm
Sundays at 2pm

$32 adult
$28 senior
$28 youth
(please note: not intended for young children and not part of season subscription)
For advance tickets, click here or call:

Thursday, April 28 at 8pm
For preview tickets, click here or call:

Northwest Puppet Center
9123 – 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115-3111
(206) 523-2579

Please call or email for more details or if you have any questions.


Thistle Theatre and friends donate to Japanese disaster relief

Thistle Theatre sent a donation of $1063.11 to Mercy Corps Japanese disaster relief. Thistle Theatre donated 25% of ticket sales and all donations collected at Momotaro (Peach Boy) in their fundraiser weekend of March 25- 27, 2011 at the Sunset Hill Community Club in Ballard. Thistle Theatre used Bunraku-style puppets and origami puppets to tell the classic Japanese children’s story.

Sean and Mia Deblieck and friends held a bake sale during the Momotaro fundraiser weekend that raised $678.50.  It is their hope to double the money earned with a corporate match.

Thistle Theatre and the Deblieck family and friends will join together again to host a follow up fundraiser event for Japan relief. It will take place during the Sunset Hill Community Club weekend run of Thistle Theatre Hanako and the Cherry Tree in March of 2012.

Ben Burris, Lisa Haslbauer and Brian Stabile with Momotaro puppets designed and built by Brian Kooser and Jean Enticknap.


Thistle Theatre presents: Quest for Planet X (the space musical)

Thistle Theatre presents: Quest for Planet X (the space musical)

From earth to moon and to the far reaches of the Galaxy…take a flight into the future. A strange chrysalis-like growth has started to form on Earth. If the space team can’t reach Planet X for the antidote, the Earth will be doomed. Silly robots on a recycling space station, an evil Queen and “spacey” black light scenes combine to create an out-o-this world puppetry experience!

Brian Stabile, Lisa A. Haslbauer, Gina Wilhelm and Ben Burris are the puppeteers in the production directed by Jean Enticknap. Enticknap wrote the original story with Dan Nelson, and Sue Ennis and Frank Cox wrote the original music and songs. The puppets were designed and built by Brian Kooser and Jean Enticknap.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98117

May 13 – 7:30PM
May 14, 15 – 1:00PM and 3:00PM

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
May 21, 22 – 2:00PM and 4:00PM

Magnuson Park
7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
May 28, 29 – 1:00PM and 3:00PM

Ticket Prices:
Child/Senior – $7.00
General Admission – $9.00 or
or call Thistle Theatre at (206) 524-3388