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Thistle Theatre presents: “Merry Chris Mouse”

MCM Bed Bouncing Time

Merry Chris Mouse

Thistle Theatre, a puppet theatre for families, presents “Merry Chris Mouse”, 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! The story is about overcoming hardships, helping others and working together.  Jean Enticknap and Sue Ennis wrote the show featuring Ennis’ delightful music and songs including, “Carving the Christmas Cheese”. Ben Burris, Amy Escobar and Gina Wilhelm are puppeteers in the show under the direction of Jean Enticknap. Funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.

Thistle Theatre Studio at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St,  Bld. 30, WA 98115
Dec 5, 6 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Dec. 12, 13 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

BYT Ivanhoe Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
Dec 19, 20 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Individual Tickets: $10
Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org/tickets.htm
or http://www.brownpapertickets.com

For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or info@thistletheatre.org
or visit:
http://www.thistletheatre.org
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thistle-Theatre/122211953899
http://twitter.com/thistletheatre

Peep Scuffy and Chris on ball

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.

Purchase tickets.

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.

MCM Bed Bouncing Time 2
“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)

Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org/tickets.htm
or http://www.brownpapertickets.com

For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or info@thistletheatre.org
or visit:
http://www.thistletheatre.org
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thistle-Theatre/122211953899
http://twitter.com/thistletheatre

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)

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.

Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org/tickets.htm or http://www.brownpapertickets.com
For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or info@thistletheatre.org
or visit:

http://www.thistletheatre.org

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thistle-Theatre/122211953899

http://twitter.com/thistletheatre

Combined National Day of Puppetry and World Day of Puppetry on March 21, 2015

The Puppeteers of Puget Sound, a guild of the Puppeteers of America, invite you to see and support the work of PUPPETRY ARTISTS on the combined National Day of Puppetry and World Day of Puppetry on March 21, 2015. Celebrate Art and Culture through Puppetry!

SEE A PUPPET THEATRE PRODUCTION

Northwest Puppet Center: 9123 15th Ave NE, Seattle

1:00PM and 3:00PM                                 Tickets: $9-$11                                     www.nwpuppet.org

Bathtub Pirates – Grey Seal Puppets stages an inventive show where a bubble bath turns into a pirate adventure!  A child’s imagination takes an unexpected turn when Captain Blackbeard and his motley band of pirates need a new ship. Found object puppets made from items found in a bathtub!

Thistle Theatre: Magnuson Park Theatre, 7110 62nd Street, Seattle

1:00PM and 3:00PM                               Tickets: $10                                      www.thistletheatre.org

Momotaro (Peach Boy) – Momotaro magically emerges from a peach, bands together with a dog, a monkey and a pheasant to defeat the Oni (ogres) who have been stealing from his family village.

Tabletop Bunraku and origami puppets are used to tell the most celebrated children’s story in Japan.

Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom Puppets: Pocket Theatre, 8312 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle

8:30PM – 9:30PM                     Tickets: $10 online $14 at the door             www.facebook.com/FeltAThon

In Felt-a-thon Live see behind-the-scenes magic firsthand as the cast and crew shoot a video inspired by Design Month’s Pillow Fort Set. You may be invited to put on a puppet and become part of the action or relax and be a member of the studio audience.

SEE A PRODUCTION WITH PUPPETRY

Seattle Children’s Theatre: 201 Thomas St., Seattle  (Seattle Center)

2:00PM and 5:30PM                               Tickets: $25-$36                                               www.sct.org

Goodnight Moon(Musical production of book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd) Enjoy the surprise and delight of Bunny’s imaginative detours on the way to dreamland.  In this production, everyone will revel with Bunny in the fun of jumping cows, dancing bears and a room that springs to life. 

VISIT A PUPPET MUSEUM

Northwest Puppet Center: 9123 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA  98115                   12:00PM – 4:00PM

                                                       Free with production of Bathtub Pirates

Aurora Valentinetti Museum: 257 4th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337               11:00AM – 4:00PM

                                      Suggested Donation Student – $1.00, Adult – $2.00, Family – $5.00

VISIT THE PIKE PLACE MARKET

Planet of the Puppets will be in the market with an amazing assortment of pop-up puppets.  Look near the Joe Desimone Bridge and Stewart St, the area that juts out over Western Ave. http://planetofthepuppets.com

                

Thistle Theatre presents: “Momotoro (Peach Boy)”

Photo of Momotaro Jumping

Momotaro Jumping

Momotaro is the most popular children’s story told in Japan. An old woman finds a huge peach floating in a river. When she and her husband try to cut it open, a baby emerges. They name the baby Momotaro and raise him as their son.  He quickly grows up to be a warrior and bands together with a dog, a monkey and a pheasant to go on a mission to defeat the Oni (demons) who have been terrorizing his village.

The story was adapted by Jean Enticknap and Sue Ennis, who also wrote the score and 3 original songs.  The traditional Momotaro song is also featured in the show. Tabletop Bunruku-style puppets made by Brian Kooser and Jean Enticknap, and origami puppets folded by Kathleen Imanishi and Jean Enticknap. Puppeteers Ben Burris, Zane Exactly and Gina Wilhelm play multiple roles in the production directed by Jean Enticknap.  Recommended for children ages 3 and up.  Funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information

Bellevue Youth Theatre

16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008

March 7, 8 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club

3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98117

March 14, 15 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Magnuson Park Theatre

7110 62nd Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115

March 21 and 22 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

All tickets $10

Purchase tickets at www.thistletheatre.org or www.brownpapertickets.org

Contact us at (206) 524-3388 or info@thistletheatre.org

Thistle Theatre presents the “Gingerbread Boy”

Picture of Snowman

Every child’s dream come true – a magical world of candy, cookies and ice cream.  Ollie the Oven bakes cakes and cookies, Bill the Chill makes ice cream treats and Sweetie, a copper kettle, cooks up candy and chocolate confections. When too much spice is poured into the batter, out pops a mischievous Gingerbread Boy who stops the

production of holiday goodies. Pepper Mint, a shipping clerk, runs after the Gingerbread Boy on a chase though Candyland. The chase takes them through Candy Cane Lane, past a Snow Man in the Icicle Alps and into the Soda Swamp inhabited by the Gummy Gator.  The traditional story told with an original twist.

A talented ensemble of puppeteers, Alex Cantrell, Ben Burris, and Gina Wilhelm performs all character voices and songs live in a production directed by Jean Enticknap with music and songs by Sue Ennis.   Funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 6, 7 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Dec. 13, 14 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115
Dec. 20, 21 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

All individual tickets are $10.

Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org/tickets.htm   or http://www.brownpapertickets.com

For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or info@thistletheatre.org  or visit:

http://www.thistletheatre.org

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thistle-Theatre/122211953899

http://twitter.com/thistletheatre

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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.

Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org/tickets.htm or http://www.brownpapertickets.com

For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or info@thistletheatre.org or visit:

http://www.thistletheatre.org

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thistle-Theatre/122211953899

http://twitter.com/thistletheatre

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

Thistle Theatre presents: “Tiger and the Dried Persimmon”

Mountain Spirit

Mountain Spirit

Thistle Theatre, a puppet theatre for families, presents:
Tiger and the Dried Persimmon

Based on a Korean folk story, this production is perfect for families with children aged 3 and up. A Mountain Spirit sends a young tiger down the mountainside to hunt for food and to bring back what he has learned on his journey. The tiger ventures into a village and finds a house where he overhears a mother trying to coax her child to stop crying. “Hush now, if you don’t stop crying,” she pauses to think of something frightening, “the tiger outside will eat you!” The tiger is certain the child will stop crying when she hears that a fierce tiger is outside. To his amazement she keeps crying. Then the mother says, “Hush now, look…here comes a kotgam”. Suddenly the child stops crying. Misunderstanding, the tiger thinks this kotgam must be a very frightening creature if it can stop a child from crying. The tiger has no idea that the kotgam is dried persimmon, which is a kind of fruit. He frightens himself imagining how this horrible kotgam creature must look. Afraid the kotgam will find him, the tiger hides in the barn where a superstitious thief is hiding and the misunderstandings continue!

This story is performed with tabletop Bunraku, rod and shadow puppets. Alex Cantrell, Zane Exactly and Gina Wilhelm are the puppeteers in the show directed by Jean Enticknap. Funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.

Performance Schedule
Magnuson Park Theatre
7120 62nd Ave NE, Bld 47, Seattle, WA 98115
March 1, 2 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
March 8, 9 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98117 in Ballard
March 15, 16 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

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

Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org/tickets.htm or http://www.brownpapertickets.com

Information
info@thistletheatre.org
(206) 524-3388

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thistle-Theatre/122211953899

http://twitter.com/thistletheatre

Short Description:
A young tiger, thinking he is the fiercest in all Korea, ventures down a mountainside in search of food and gets in trouble due to a misunderstanding.

Tiger outside window

Tiger outside window

Thistle Theatre presents: Mrs. Periwinkle and Possum!

Photo of Mrs. Periwinkle and Possum!

Mrs. Periwinkle and Possum!

Thistle Theatre presents: Mrs. Periwinkle and Possum!
Saturday, February 8 at 1:00 p.m.
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 Fourth Avenue North, Edmonds, WA 98020

Mrs. Periwinkle (Jennifer Carroll) takes the children on an adventure featuring Possum, King Froggy Wartingham III, and a Wishing Well. Soft, charming puppets and a craft activity (childen make a paper dragonfly puppet) create an unforgettable experience!

KIDSTOCK!
All ages! Free Admission!
Kidstock! is the free, annual family event at ECA that features musical performances, theatre, arts education workshops, and activities for kids. Bring the whole family and join us for a day of creativity and fun!

To register for Kidstock!, please visit www.ec4arts.org or call the ECA box office at 425.275.9595

Thistle Theatre presents “The Pixie and the Grocer”

Thistle Theatre, a puppet theatre for families, presents:

Hans Christian Andersen’s
THE PIXIE AND THE GROCER

Pixie and Barrell 2

The “Pixie and the Grocer” is an ideal family story for the holiday season. In this Hans Christian Andersen story, a Pixie lives comfortably with a greedy Grocer and his wife. One day he observes a poor Poet give up food in exchange for an old book. The incredulous Pixie peeks into the Poet’s room and sees the beauty and excitement of poetry dance before his eyes! Now he faces a dilemma…should he switch his services from the dishonest Grocer and his wife to the poor Poet and live a less comfortable life? The production features original songs written by Sue Ennis and music score by Michael Flint.

Thistle Theatre specializes in tabletop Bunraku-style of puppetry in which three puppeteers dressed entirely in black operate the puppets. Shadow puppets bring the poetry to life. The puppeteers are Ben Burris, Zane Exactly and Gina Wilhelm directed by Jean Enticknap. Funded in part with Funds from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.

Performance Schedule

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98117 in Ballard
Dec. 7, 8 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
Dec. 21, 22 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 – 62nd Ave NE Bld 47, Seattle, WA 98115
Dec. 28, 29 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

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

Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org/tickets.htm or
http://www.brownpapertickets.com

Information
(206) 524-3388 info@thistletheatre.org
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thistle-Theatre/122211953899
http://twitter.com/thistletheatre

Pixie touches toes