Our shows are ideal for schools, libraries, community or daycare centers, youth groups, birthday parties, or fun get-togethers! OR schedule a Field Trip to see a show in the Lobby of our historic theatre!
Fees begin at $400 plus travel, when applicable.
All shows require a performance space of approximately 10-15 ft deep by 12-15 ft wide. They are recommended for an indoor space with floor seating, such as a gym floor or media center, and are best viewed by audiences under 200.
We have Spanish language shows as well!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 612-721-2535 if you are interested in bringing an HOBT production to your community.
Need financial support to bring HOBT to you? The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council's Community Arts Program provides grants to groups wishing to offer arts activities. Check it out at http://www.mrac.org/grants/community-arts.
2016-17 Touring Shows
Dream of Owls **NEW SHOW**
Little Theo is drifting off to sleep when he is frightened by a hooting sound. His father shows him how to overcome his fear by naming it. As Theo drifts off to sleep, he learns more and more about owls, the source of the sound, from a strangely familiar dream dragon. Will it be enough to banish his nightmare away? Dream of Owls is a show focused on owls and how to overcome your fear by learning about it.
Return of the Swallows **NEW SHOW**
"The old pharaohs of Egypt used to see swallows fly close to the stars, and thought that they must be the souls of those who had passed on," Tim's Nana tells him. In this bittersweet story, young birdwatcher Tim discovers the beauty and power of the commonplace barn swallow: birth, nesting, feeding, and migration. Return of the Swallows features color shadows, hand puppets, and small felted rod puppets, with old time music such as "I'll Fly Away."
Loon's Song **NEW SHOW**
As the constellations move into their spring location, Grandfather Turtle waits with anticipation for the return of his beloved granddaughter, Loon. He remembers the Ojibwe stories he told her and some of the lessons they carry that he used to guild her as she matured. The piece is told with hand and rod puppets. It touches on Ojibwe culture and loon biology. Music by Jim Parker
The Enchanting World of Puppets **NEW SHOW**
A kaleidoscopic presentation of dynamic puppet forms and styles - traditional and modern- from small to giant larger than life puppets, masks, marionettes, and many many more. A series of dynamic super short vignettes. Audience members/students actively participate in bringing the puppets to life!
Are You Thirsty?
Grade 3+ 35-40 min
A dynamic exploration of the myriad questions contained in a cup of water – one of our most precious and necessary shared resources. This performance demonstrates how much of the earth’s water is available for drinking, compares tap and bottled water, and helps us understand ourselves as part of the urban water cycle – bringing water issues vibrantly to life.
Grades K-5 30 min
In Coyote Stories, Nimisee the clown will tell some favorite trickster tales of that lovable scamp, Coyote. Drawing from the stories of the Assiniboine of the Great Plains, the Aztecs of Mexico and the Okanagun and Salishan of the Great Basin, Coyote is a hero, a creator, and a self-centered show off with a kind heart. At a time when so many things cause us to weep, Coyote brings us together, nurtures our spirit, and reminds us to laugh.
Lupita Doesn't Want to Sleep
This is a story about a feisty little girl who always finds a way to keep playing when it is time to go to sleep. The show highlights the joyful moments of parent-child relationships. Performed in English and Spanish.
Martina the Cockroach, and Perez the Mouse / La Cucarachita Martina y el Raton Perez
Grades K-4 45 min *Bilingual
This is a bilingual version of a Cuban and Puetro Rican folk tale. Martina is a beautiful, hardworking, dancing cockroach. She longs to be asked to the dance to find her true love. Through the help of her grandmother’s secret “coffee test” she finds her ideal mate, proving that good friendship is a good basis for love. The unlikely couple marry and live a simple life, overcoming obstacles and growing together.
Nalah and the Pink Tiger
Grades Pre-K-5 35 min *Can also be performed in Spanish.
Based on a picture book of the same title by artist, author and puppeteer, Anne Sawyer. 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. Original soundtrack by Matt Larson.
On the Day You Were Born
Grades Pre-K-3rd 45 min
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.
Shota and the Star Quilt
Grades K-6 40 min
This story weaves together traditional folk values with modern concerns for the urban environment. Shota, a Lakota girl, and Esther, who is Jewish, are best friends. They live in the same apartment building and spend every day together. When a letter arrives to say that the apartment building will be redeveloped, they know that they face separation. While they are on vacation with Shota’s grandmother at Pine Ridge reservation, they decide to make a star quilt. Expressing a powerful celebration of their friendship and the homes and community they love, the quilt they create becomes central to their plan to resist the redevelopment.
Skeletons in the Closet
Grades 1-9 45 min *Bilingual
This bilingual (Spanish and English) puppet show is a tender story of children who are remembering their grandparents who have passed away. As the children follow their curiosity, they discover the meaning of Day of the Dead and that the connection they have with their grandparents continues beyond death. The story is a celebration of love and the cycle of life.
The Way of the Monarch
Grades K-6 *Can also be performed in Spanish.
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.