We hope to announce the 2016-2017 season shortly. Watch this space.
All shows at 10 am & noon in HOBT’s Avalon Theatre lobby
- $5 suggested donation or pay what you can
- Show times: 10 AM & Noon
- Season runs October – March
Shows listed below Please note: Some shows are performed in Spanish, others are are performed in English. You’ll find children love puppets regardless of language!
No reservations are necessary but seating for the shows and workshops is limited.
After the Show
Saturday Puppet Workshops
Come for the show and stay for the “Make-n-Take” workshop based on that day’s puppet show theme. Workshops are a family activity offered in our classroom at 11 am each Saturday morning.
- Children $5, Adults $3
- Registration for workshops is recommended and can be made in advance at the 10am show or by calling 612-721-2535 the previous week.
Take a look at past Show Schedule: 2015-2016 Season
October 3 IN SPANISH!
Nalah y el Tigre Rosa
Nalah y el Tigre Rosa es basado en un libro ilustrado con el mismo título por el artista, escritor y titiritero, Anne Sawyer-Aitch. Ella se inspiró en su pequeña sobrina para esta historia. Ella vive intensamente en su imaginación donde crece a su alrededor y lo ve como un rebelde. Las cosas llegan a un punto crítico, cuando todos los animales exóticos que Nalah ha “colocado” en la casa, el tigre rosa lo “sigue” a su casa desde el zoológico y crea un caos. La historia también celebra la alegría y la imaginación del niño.
Nalah y el Tigre Rosa is based on a picture book of the same title by artist, author and puppeteer, Anne Sawyer-Aitch. She drew inspiration for this story from her lively little niece. She lives so intensely in her imagination that grown-ups around her view her as a troublemaker. Things come to a head when, in addition to all the exotic animals that Nalah has “placed” in the house, a pink tiger “follows” her home from the zoo and creates havoc. The story also celebrates the joyful explosiveness of a child’s imagination.
Jumpin Jilly Bean
Village Idiot Puppets
Using Czech rod and table top puppets, this is a story of a little girl who discovers she can jump so high that when she lands back down the earth has rotated beneath her. She lands a thousand miles from home and it’s her job (along with friend, Randy the duck) is to jump her way around the globe and back home.
October 17 IN SPANISH!
Elaine and Janelli
Gustavo and Julie Boada
Elaine and Janelli son dos muy buenas amigas que un dia discuten y pelean, la amistad queda rota y sus familias crecen separadas por un muro, despues de varias generaciones los biznietos descubren que el miedo vive en la mente de los que les gusta pelear.y la amistad se reanuda a través de Emily and Elliot.
Elaine and Janelli are two very good friends that one day argue and fight, friendship is broken and their families grow separated by a wall, after several generations, great-grandchildren discover that fear lives in the minds of those who like to fight, and friendship resumed by Emily and Elliot.
Feathers and Strings
Can an ostrich fly? Can a bluebird juggle? You’ll learn the answers to these questions when the Hunter Marionettes present Feathers and Strings. An assortment of intricate marionettes are the featured performers in this delightful, amusing and eclectic showcase. Each carefully handcrafted marionette reflects the thirty years that puppeteer Kurt Hunter has spent perfecting his craft. There’s truly something for everyone, young and old.
October 31 NEW SHOW!
Spooky Pumpkin Party!
Come in costume! It’s a spooky pumpkin party and all kinds of creatures have come out to join in the celebration of the fall season! There’s sure to be plenty of unforgettably frightful fun for all ages!
November 7 IN SPANISH!
Catrina Canta: Catrina Sings
Gustavo and Julie Boada
El ayudante de mesero “Panchito” nos presentará al personaje más representativo de las celebraciones del “Día de los Muertos: “La Calaca Catrina”, creada por José Guadalupe Posada. La historia es contada con una marioneta grande, Títeres de sombra y marionetas. A través de la risa, las canciones y situaciones ridículas usted aprenderá acerca de la historia, la música y las creencias de la cultura mexicana y latina.
The busboy “Panchito” will introduces us to the most representative character of the Day of the Dead celebrations: “La Calaca Catrina” created by Jose Guadalupe Posada. The story is told with a body-size puppet, shadow puppets and marionettes. Through laughter, songs and silliness you’ll learn about the history, music and beliefs of the Mexican and Latino culture.
King of the Babies
That lovable trickster ‘Baby Little One’ is back by popular demand! Don’t miss this thrilling adventure through time and space and the imagination sure to enrapture and delight children of all ages!
November 21 NEW SHOW!
Little Lu: A World Within
Liz Schachterle and Adriana Rimpel
Little Lu: A World Within is a shadow puppet show told through narration and music. Lu, a little girl with a restless heart, and brother Benny come to live with their grandfather in his unusual house. While investigating her “new” rickety home Lu discovers not everything is as it seems.
Barcos de Papel IN SPANISH!
Paulino viaja por el mundo en un barco de papel compartiendo historias de muchos lugares. ¡Haz tu propio barco de papel y disfruta con Paulino de este banquete de historias entretenidas y en diferentes idiomas!
Paulino travels the world in a paper boat, sharing stories from many lands. Make your own paper boat and join Paulino in this entertaining and multilingual storytelling feast!
Puppets ‘n’ People
What happens when you make bugs really big? Find out in Buppet Labs! Some kooky entomologists upped the dosage of gas in their labs and made the bugs bigger to study them more effectively. Now, things have gotten crazy for your delight.
Hobo Dreams is a hand puppet show that is based on the life and times of the American icon Hobo Joe. We follow Hobo Joe from birth to death as he travels the country, moving from job to job.
January 9 IN SPANISH!
Cuando dos jorobados entran el bosque de las hadas, encuentran los ogros malvados que ha afligido algunas ciudades. Pueden ahorrar las ciudades de las cosas malas de los ogros y aprender lo que significa para ser bueno?
Based on a Mexican Folktale: When two hunchbacks go into the forest of fairies, they see ogres that are evil and have attacked some cities. Can they save the cities from the bad things the ogres did to them and learn what it means to be good?
Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly
Esther Ouray and Sandy Spieler
World renown puppeteer Sophie the Gorilla (and personal assistant Esmerelda) performs the classic song: The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly.
On the Day you Were Born
Julie Boada and Esther Ouray
Based on the award winning children’s book by Debra Frasier, the story explores the scientific phenomena that unfolded on the day “you” entered the world. This toy theater production combines puppetry, poetry and music that celebrate the natural miracle of the earth. The author’s radiant collage illustrations translate to a miniature stage as puppeteers open trick boxes releasing the wonders described in the book.
January 30 NEW SHOW!
Theatre of Fools
A 21st Century Medicine Show but instead of selling snake oil our pitch is the “Emergency Clown Nose” which is a clown nose in a medicine jar that distills into a bottle our philosophy of healing through laughter.
February 6 IN SPANISH!
El camino de la Monarca sigue la espectacular metamorfosis y migración de la mariposa Monarca. Esta querida creatura se transforma de huevo a larva, luego a oruga, luego a crisálida y finalmente a mariposa en su vuelo internacional.
The Way of the Monarch follows the spectacular metamorphosis and migration of the monarch butterfly. This beloved creature transforms from egg to larva to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly to international traveler.
Martina the Cockroach and Perez the Mouse
Gustavo and Julie Boada
It is a Toy theater style in bilingual version of the most popular folk tale from Cuba and Puerto Rico. Martina is a beautiful, hard-working and amazing dancer cockroach who finds a gold coin while sweeping after asking hers friends she spends it on red hair ribbon to make herself even more beautiful in order to find a partner to go to dance. Martina cleans house and polishes all day, then sits on her balcony with her powdered face, displaying her worthiness of dance. Martina marries Perez Mouse because he has the sweetest voice and He recognized her beauty without make up. They lived an ordinary life where difficulties were part of the learning process.
Shingibis the Winter Maker
When all the birds fly south for the winter, Shingibis, the little hell diver stays behind to help his injured friend. Winter Maker saw that Shingibis showed no fear so he decided to exert his power and lengthen his stay in the land. Shingibis meets Winter Maker with kindness and changes his mind, melting the anger and making room for spring to return. Through his optimism and generosity, Shingibis teaches us how to meet Winter maker with joy.
February 27 NEW SHOW!
The Stuffed Animal Spring Show
Hosted by Leslye Orr, The Stuffed Animal Spring Show is an interactive theater experience for children and their stuffed animals. Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal and join Zip the Chipmunk and his friends as they celebrate the passing of winter and the arrival of spring. Leslye Orr animates the whole gang with wacky sounds and voices while sharing creative ideas for imaginative play.
March 5 IN SPANISH! NEW SHOW!
ñuñuco es una historia de aventuras: Un niñõ de la ciudad y su perro ñuñuco, tienen una serie de encuentros con personajes precolombinos quienes comparten con ellos historia de los pueblos indigenas, sus luchas y supervivencia asi como el espiritu de compasion del pueblo Salvadoreño.
ñuñuco is a story of adventures: A little city boy and his dog “ñuñuco” had a series of encounters with Pre-Columbian characters that share with them indigenous history, struggles and surviving, as well the spirit of compassion of the Salvadorian people.
March 12 NEW SHOW!
The Ants Who Wanted to Fly
Two ants want to fly very badly, so they wait for a caterpillar egg to hatch, thinking it will be a bird they can hitch a ride on. Follow the ants as they discover the joy of the natural world and all about caterpillars! The Ants Who Wanted to Fly is a fun show appropriate for audiences aged 3-10 years old
March 19 NEW SHOW!
Three Tales. One World.
Julie Boada, Gustavo Boada and Anne Sawyer-Aitch
A vain cuckoo bird, two untrustworthy hyenas, and a village plagued by monsters! Julie Boada, Gustavo Boada and Anne Sawyer-Aitch present three short folk tales from Mexico, Myanmar, and Somalia. Features shadow and table-top puppets, with music by local composer Jim Parker.