TA-DA! Saturday Puppet Shows for Kids

The 20th Season of Saturday Morning Matinees for Kids runs from October 6 - Dec 15th, 2018!

Another colorful, affordable season of live SATURDAY PUPPET SHOWS FOR KIDS is coming! Every fall and winter, different artists perform engaging puppet shows at 10 a.m. and 12 noon.  A great alternative to screen time, these performances will delight kids of all ages! Additionally, Make ‘n’ Take workshops are offered at 11 a.m. each Saturday morning where participants create a puppet in the theme of the day’s show.

WHEN: Oct 6 - Dec 15, 2018!

WHERE: All shows in our cozy theatre lobby

*First show of the month is performed in Spanish. You’ll find children love puppets regardless of language!

Tickets are $7 suggested donation ($2 suggested donation for residents of Powderhorn and Phillips Neighborhoods).

puppet shows sidewalk sign

Puppet Making Workshops for Kids - in between shows

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.

$5 Children
$3 Adults

Line up

Our Fall 2018 lineup will be announced soon! In the meantime, read on for descriptions from our Winter 2018 season. 

January 6

Lupita Doesn't Want to Sleep – created and performed by Gustavo and Julie Boada

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 Spanish and English. Photo by Bruce Silcox.

Puppets of a young girl and a rabbit

January 13

Nalah and the Pink Tiger – created and performed by Anne Sawyer

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. Photo by Katrina Wollet.

puppeteer in a small set showing a blue house with colorful puppets

January 20

It and Git – Or How Change Makes the World Go Round – created and performed by Theresa Linnihan

Millions and billions of years ago two cousins floated happily in a primeval ocean. Floating was about all they could do because little IT and little GIT were amoebas. But nothing can float forever. Volcanos erupt. Oceans shift. And the cousins must change or perish. Theresa Linnihan presents an original take on the story of evolution. Performing with a cranky, a form of primitive animation, and colorful shadow puppets Theresa invites the audience to cheer little IT and GIT along the dangerous and miraculous path to becoming human. Photo courtesy of the artist.

It and Git cranky title slide with skeleton

January 27   NEW SHOW!!!!!

Gary’s Garden – created and performed by Seth Eberle

In this production, Gary has saved some of his seeds from last year in order to plant his garden.  While waiting for the plants to grow, a sneaky rabbit tries to avoid detection.  He really wants a nice meal!  Will Gary stop the rabbit from getting into his garden?  Gary's Garden is meant for children ages 2-8 as they learn about where food comes from and how plants grow.  Photo by Bruce Silcox.

gardener marionette agains a garden backdrop.

February 3

Martina the Cockroach, and Perez the Mouse / La Cucarachita Martina y el Raton Perez – created and performed by Gustavo and Julie Boada

This is a bilingual version of a Cuban and Puerto 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. Performed in Spanish and English.

mouse and cockroach puppets

February 10

Loon's Song - created and performed by Julie and Gustavo Boada

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 guide 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. Photo courtesy the artists.

Loon puppet by Julie Boada

February 17 New SHOW!!!!

My Dinner with Superman  - created and performed by Patty Gille

Superman attempts a dinner party with some old friends and runs into trouble with an odd eavesdropping ONNIE!

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February 24

On the Day You Were Born - created by In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, performed by 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. Photo by Bruce Silcox.

Esther Ouray and Julie Boada perform "On the Day You Were Born"

March 3

The Way of the Monarch - created and performed by Laurie Witzkowski

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. Performed in Spanish - children love puppets in any language!
Photo by Bruce Silcox.

Monarch Butterfly puppet with a milkweed plant

March 10 NEW SHOW!!!!!!

The Book Worm Tales - created and performed by K&M Puppets

Come Join the "Book Worms ", the weekly gathering of the pigeons of lake street, as they peruse classics of children’s literature they discover local Little Free Libraries. They will explore characters, themes, and character options as the "Book Worms" revisit some of your favorite stories (and maybe even introduce you to new ones). Photo courtesy the artist.

letters under a shadow puppet coconut tree.