Saturday Shows for Kids

Saturday Puppet Shows for Kids run from August 16, 2014 – February 28, 2015

All Shows at 10 am & noon in HOBT’s Avalon Theater lobby

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 11:00 a.m. each Saturday morning.

  • $8 suggested donation for adult or pay what you can
  • Show times: 10 AM & Noon
  • Season runs August – February

Shows listed below. Please note: Shows denoted with an asterisk in the schedule are performed in Spanish. All other shows 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.

  • Registration for workshops is recommended and can be made in advance at the 10am show or by calling 612-721-2535 the previous week.

Confirmed Shows

Saturdays, August through February

Aug. 30th Lupita no quiere dormer*
Performed by Julie & Gustavo Boada in SPANISH
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.

Sept. 6th King of the Babies
Performed by Daniel Polnau
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!

Sept.13th Coyote Stories
Performed by Julie Boada
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.

Sept.20th I Love Science
Performed by Steve Ackerman and Company
Join Mr. Dr. Science and his faithful assistant, The Science Troll, as they investigate the disappearance of their friend, The Science Fairy, exploring anything and everything science along the way!  Featuring the stylish lounge music of none other than Molecule Matt!!! Special guest appearance by Mold!

Sept. 27th  Skeletons in the Closet (A Day of the Dead Story)*
Performed by Julie and Gustavo Boada in SPANISH
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.

Oct. 4  La Calaca Catrina*
Performed by Gustavo Boada in SPANISH
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.

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.

Oct. 11 Chandra’s Dream
Performed by Munir Kahar and Company
A story of a young boy who tries to find cure for his mother who is sick, while his father, a fisherman, has not come home in more than a week.  A story from the Legend of the Jati Wangi.

Oct. 18 To Be Announced

Oct. 25 Feathers and Strings
Performed by Hunter Marionettes

Nov.1  Nalah y el Tigre Rosa*
Performed by Magic Lantern Puppet Theater in SPANISH
Nalah and the pink tiger 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.

Nov. 8  Buppet Labs
Performed by 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.

Nov. 15 Trolls of Hedal Forest
Performed by The Erickson Cousin Puppeteers (Paul Robinson)
This is the story of two brothers that get lost in the forest and encounter three trolls who share one eye between them. They outsmart the trolls and steal the gold and silver from their shared wife.


Jan. 10 Domingo Siete*
Seth Eberle in SPANISH

Jan. 17 To be announced

Jan. 24 To be announced

Jan. 31 To be announced

Feb. 7 Los Monracas*
Laurie Witzkowski in SPANISH

Feb. 14 Elaine and Janelli*
Julie and Gustavo Boada in SPANISH

Feb. 21 BB Wolf’s Howlin’ Wolf Blues
Woodland Puppets

Feb. 28 The Old Woman who Swallowed a Fly
Sophie and Esmerelda