Saturday Shows for Kids

Saturday Puppet Shows for Kids run from August 16, 2014 – March 14, 2015

All shows at 10 am & noon in HOBT’s Avalon Theatre lobby
  • $8 suggested donation or pay what you can
  • Show times: 10 AM & Noon
  • Season runs August – March

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.

  • 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.

Confirmed Shows

Winter 2015

Jan. 10 Domingo Siete*
Performed by Puppets ‘n’ People in SPANISH
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 of the bad things of the ogres and learn what it means to be good?

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?

Jan. 17 The Old Woman who Swallowed a Fly
Performed by Esther Ouray and Sandra Spieler
World renown puppeteer Sophie the Gorilla  (and personal assistant Esmerelda) performs The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly.

Jan. 24 Henny Penny Lester
Performed by The Grimmerson Puppeteers
The chicken, Henny Penny, has disappeared so Lester takes the lead in this classic fable. None of Lester’s friends will help him make the potato salad, but they want to eat it. Come and see what happens!

Jan. 31 The Man Who Loved Snow
Performed by Public Domain Productions
This is the story of Wilson Bentley, the first person to photograph a single snow crystal. Bentley’s original photographs reveal his compelling personal mission to document and share his passion with the world.

Feb. 7 Los Monarcas*/The Way of the Monarch
Performed by Laurie Witzkowski in SPANISH
This puppet show 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.

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

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.

Feb. 21 BB Wolf’s Howlin’ Wolf Blues
Performed by Woodland Puppets
BB Wolf tells the real story behind your favorite fairy tales, folk tales, and folk songs. In this episode a basket of goodies, a vacated house with food on the table, Three Pig Brothers, and a few surprises spell trouble for traveling bluesman BB (Big Bad) Wolf. Puppets, live music, and mayhem included.

Feb. 28 Shingibis
Performed by Julie Boada
When all the birds fly south for the winter, Shingibis, the little 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.

Mar. 7 Nalah Goes to Mad Mouse City
Performed by Anne Sawyer- Aitch and Seth Eberle
The adventures of Nalah continue! One day Nalah finds herself bored and lonesome because all of her imaginary friends have gone away on vacation. But wait – not all. Mad Tooth, the little mouse who lives in her sock drawer, is still busy munching away on her knee-highs. When she finds out why Nalah is sad, she offers to take her down through the sock drawer into a mouse metropolis. The result is a tale of wild dancing, cousins and mice, taffy and a sock monster. This show, based on Anne Sawyer-Aitch’s second Nalah book, features color shadows, hand puppets and marionettes

ENJOY the book and puppet show tour launch of this local amazing author!

Mar. 14 I Had a Coat
Performed by Olli Johnson & Rosie Jablonsky
From an original song by Paul Kaplan
Change is inevitable — Make the most of it! Come along on a transformational journey and witness the life cycle of …  a COAT! Listen to the story as it’s told through song, clever lyrics, puppets, and cardboard.  Watch as the coat transforms from one useful object to another!

Past Shows – 2014

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 Jumpin’ Jilly Bean
Performed by Steve Mark
The show is about a girl named Jilly who has the unusual ability to jump very high. But it causes her to take an unexpected trip around the world with her good friend, Randy the duck.  It uses Czech style marionettes and table top puppetry.

Oct. 25 Feathers and Strings
Performed by Hunter Marionettes

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.

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.