Puppet Fashion Show

All shows will be held at the Avalon Theater: 1500 E. Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55407

About the Show

HOBT is excited to present 'Puppet Fashion Show' an evening of fashion themed mini puppet performances at the Avalon.

Puppetry is the art of breathing life into an inanimate object. So, whether artists are projecting shadow puppets onto a flowing dress, wearing a fancy hat that has a toy theater hidden inside of it, or making a marionette perform quick outfit changes, the idea of the Puppet Fashion show is to take materials like clothes, fur, fabric, trash, and bring them to life.

The show will be structured like a puppet cabaret but with the specific theme of a fashion runway. Instead of simply displaying the fashion or walking the runway, artists will be puppet-ing their pieces, with the collection telling some kind of story.

Fabulous MCs will host and musicians will provide additional entertainment. See you there!

Run Time: Est. 90 mins, no intermission.

Note: All shows will be held at the Avalon Theater... 1500 E. Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55407


Image Description: Graphic by Finley Andersen Newton. A brown and pink graphic that reads “Puppet Fashion Show, Showtimes Thursday April 13 - HOBT Spring fundraiser, Friday April 14, Saturday April 15, Sunday April 16, 7:30 pm, Avalon Theatre - 1500 Lake St. Tickets Coming Soon.”

Learn More

Performers Z Akhmetova, Nora Rickey, Lizz Windnagel, Fletcher Wolfe, Maggie Arbeiter, Emrys Mariel Stramer, Abby Palen, Lizzy Duqette, Sophie Shiff, Amber Moore, and Finley Anderson-Newton will perform their puppetry pieces!

Get ready for an eclectic mix of performances. One artist plans for mystical chicken outfits, others will craft puppet-fashion wrestlers and some may develop the inevitable romantic tale, bra meets underwear. We’ve got artists planning puppet-filled night scapes teeming with night creatures, and others who’d like to take us on the journey of a floating, magic feather.


Image Description: A pink square with a green puppet wearing a hat and feather boa and text that reads "Puppet Fashion Show."Graphic by Finley Anderson-Newton.


Credit: All photos by Uche Iroegbu

Image Descriptions/Credits: The first photo shows co-host Orren Fen swinging from a cardboard chandelier with co-host Akiko Ostlund shrugging while cardboard tools bop around the stage. The second photo shows the set all lit up with co-hosts Orren and Akiko decked out in lit up traffic cones and blue discs, while a shadow puppet of a person wearing a banana peel dress appears (made by Helena Howard and Maddie Campbell.). A third photo shows Abby Palen and Sophie Shiff, one holds a flying bird puppet and the other is dressed in an elaborate bird costume, coming towards each other. The fourth photo shows a giant cat puppet, animated by Finely Andersen-Newton and Amber Lee, having a cloth-hairball all over handler, Helena Howard, wearing a floppy hat and sunglasses.

Show Dates and Ticket Info

All shows will be held at the Avalon Theater: 1500 E. Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55407

*Thursday, April 13, 7:30pm

* Friday, April 14, 7:30pm

Saturday, April 15, 7:30pm

Sunday, April 16, 7:30pm


Box Office: Hennepin Theater Trust is running our Box Office.

With questions about your tickets call: 612-332-6620


Box Office Hours:

Tuesday and Wednesday, 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Thursday - Saturday, 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Email: [email protected]


*Thursday's performance will also serve as a fundraiser for HOBT. You can buy special tix for this show.

* Friday's performance there will be ASL interpretation and masks are required.

NOTE on Ticket Pricing: General Admission Tickets range from $25 - $45 (you choose), this includes credit card fees. Alternatively, you can show up on the day of the performance for a pay what you can option. This may secure you a spot in the theater or in standing-room only.


All shows will be held at the Avalon Theater: 1500 E. Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55407

Accessibility Info

Since this show will be sold to full capacity without social distancing, HOBT strongly encourages wearing masks for all performances.  HOBT will have free masks available at our box office table.

On Friday 4/14, masks will be required for all audience members.  Proof of vaccination is not required.

There will be an ASL interpreter translating for the Friday, March 14 performance. There will be some wheelchair accessible seating available. A single person partially accessible bathroom is located on the main floor (w/o automated door).

No strobe lights will be used. We ask that audience members refrain from wearing scents to the play out of respect for audience members with scent allergies, migraines and asthma.

Transit Info: Parking is available on the streets surrounding the theater. Paid metered parking is available along Lake St and free street parking is available on 15th Ave.

For guests using public transit, the theater is located off the 21 bus line at Lake St E & 14th Ave S.


Image description: A photo of the exterior of the Avalon Theater.

Behind the Scenes Puppet Building!

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Image Descriptions: Two photos of puppets in progress. On the left, brown masks made with cardboard from Fletcher and Maggie's piece "Clashin' Fashion." On the right, a white, red, and yellow chicken mask by Z, for their performance "Mystic Chickens."

Puppet Fashion Promo

Image Description: A video shows various people in frog, fox, and beaver masks, decked out in the latest fashions. They are sewing, running around with a clothing rack, throwing assorted tools, feathers, and pipe cleaners, in front of the camera, and outfitting a beaver in feather boas. The video then reads "HOBT presents" and "Puppet Fashion Show" written on the beaver's backpack with construction paper, pompoms and lightbulbs. Credits appear at the end.

Directed and edited by Orren Fen

Finley Anderson-Newton
Helena Howard
Steve Ackerman

Frog, fox, and beaver mask by Madeline Helling
Other masks by HOBT community


Special Thanks to Hennepin Theater Trust [ad here]