Come experience PUPPET PROM

a FUNDRAISER evening full of Dazzling Dancing, Picture Perfect Puppetry, a Stunning Silent Auction and some Terrific Tasty Treats!

So, get your corsages and prom dresses AND grab your puppets, and head over to Heart of the Beast Theater for this fantastic one night only fundraiser!

May 18th 7pm-11pm

Tickets: Fundraiser: Puppet Prom presented by In The Heart of the Beast (

And for the little ones we have Kids Puppet Disco! A daytime celebration full of puppet making and dancing.

May 18th 10am-12pm


Both events take place at the Avalon Theater

1500 East Lake street 55407

Buy tickets NOW for both events


🌟 Register for PUPPET SUMMER CAMP! 🌟

August 19-23 and August 26-30    9a-12p/1p-4p

1500 East Lake Street- Avalon Theatre

Come meet friends and make puppets and stories at HOBT Summer Camp!

4 separate 3-hr sessions!

Each session will have a slightly different focus: creating a puppet show, engaging in improv with newly made puppets, working on individual masks or a large collaborative project.

Children will be learning a variety of puppetry techniques: shadow puppets, sand art, papier mâché, crankies and MORE! ALL are welcome. Ages are a suggestion and prior experience is not required.
Suggested ages: 7-12

Half-day camp/per week - $150/per child
You can register for one session or all!
** please email Elina Kotlyar at [email protected] with any questions you might have

Image Description: A group of kids stand in front of a table with an adult. They are working on art.

Questions? Contact Us: Email

Please join the National Humanities Center and Felicia Cooper at In the Heart of the Beast Theater for The Archive of Significant Objects, an art installation, pop-up museum, and community-curated exhibit of personally significant objects and stories. Taking place in the lobby of the theater, this event will be punctuated by live music, object performance, and tours of the archive.

In a pop-up museum, Felicia presents the inaugural public viewing of the Archive of Significant Objects. This is a community-curated cabinet of curiosities and a smattering of objects made significant through personal experience. Using items collected from members of the community, this temporary museum examines our relationship to things by first displaying the assembled items for contemplation, then incorporating them into an original puppet show and object performance set to music.

Friday, April 26- 6pm-8pm

Opening Reception/Tour at 7pm

Saturday, April 27 1pm-8pm

Tours at 2pm, 5pm, 7pm

Sunday, April 28 1pm-6pm

Tours at 2pm, 5pm


BEAST Puppet Performance - at Avalon!

In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre invites you to an improvised performance by the BEAST Puppet built during our Puppet Building Workshops!

Come meet other neighbors as we work together to devise a performance!

ALL are welcome!

Place: Avalon Theatre - 1500 E. Lake Street
Date/Time: Saturday, April 20th at 11a-2p

Register by using the following link:

Here is the video of our February-March workshops. Thanks to all who came to build the BEAST with us!

Video: BEAST workshop built

Minnesota State Arts Board

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

HOBT Quick Links

Throughout the last year, HOBT put plans in place to ensure an abundant future for our organization – prioritizing equity and fairness, employing more artists, reaching more audiences, and embracing guidance from the communities we serve. This work is the foundation of our bridge to an artistically rich, vibrant, and financially sound future for HOBT.

We have an audacious capacity-building goal: Raise $300,000 by June 2025.

You believe in the power of puppets to bring joy, resilience, and wonder to the world. Together we can build a bridge to HOBT’s future while maintaining our deep connection to past puppetry brilliance.

Will you lend us a hand? Text "PUPPET" to 243-725 or click below.

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