The Center welcomes you to experience new museum programming, workshops, and special events this winter and spring season.
The Center is proud to be presenting performances for visiting artists from all over the country as well as original productions adapted, designed, and built by the Center. The new year opens with The Snowy Day and Other Stories on January 14, by Mesner Puppet Theater of Kansas City, MO. Based on books by Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day and Other Stories celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall. This uplifting musical is all about childhood joys, living each day to the fullest, and the value of friendship.
Opening on February 2 is the Center’s adaptation of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type, based on the book by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Betsy Lewin. Farmer Brown can’t believe his ears. Are his cows typing? Then he receives a letter from the cows with a specific demand. If they do not get what they want, they will strike. Will there be a barnyard bargain?
The Wizard of Oz is an American fairytale and an inspiring story about unlocking the potential that exists within each of us. This production is one of the proudest achievements of the Cincinnati-based Frisch Marionettes. The performance celebrates America's rich musical heritage that reveals why Dorothy, the Tinman, Strawman, and the Lion are all singing the Blues as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road.
The final production in the Family Series is Pete the Cat. Based on the New York Times best-selling book series by native Georgian, James Dean, the Center’s original production creates a day in the life of Pete and his friends from several Pete the Cat books. Special events around the production of Pete the Cat will be announced later in the spring.
The Center’s online platform, Digital Learning, is continuing to expand its programming to include families and individuals who cannot come to the Center. On the second Saturday of every month, the digital team presents Online Puppet Playdates. Each playdate is live, interactive and available to anyone, anywhere with an internet connection.
STEM Adventure Days are back this season on March 6 (Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type) and April 24 (Pete the Cat). Join us for an afternoon of STEM magic with a puppet show, a special Museum tour, a customized Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, and a unique post-show presentation that connects all areas of the Center with areas of curriculum and learning.Opening on April 8 for 3 performances only - the extraordinary, critically acclaimed production of Chimpanzee by Nick Lehane takes the stage. New York Magazine calls it a “gorgeous puppet play…a meticulous, deeply felt nonverbal memory play." This adult-only performance is based on true stories of chimpanzees raised as children in human homes in a series of cross-fostering experiments. What becomes of them as they grow or funding for research dries up?
Closing the performance season will be the return of Xperimental Puppetry Theater (XPT) on May 12. The Center’s annual experimental puppetry theater program, now in its 36th year, supports new puppetry works for adult audiences. The all-inclusive Family Series performance ticket includes 3 activities: the performance, the Worlds of Puppetry Museum and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™. In the workshop, guests are invited to build, decorate and perform with their own puppet on the Center’s classroom stage.
Sensory-Friendly Sundays are also included in our winter and spring performance series. Guests with sensory sensitivities (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder) and other developmental differences are invited to experience the Center in a comfortable and judgment-free setting, supported by trained and experienced staff members. Each component of the Center’s programming is modified to reduce sensory stimuli including adjusted lights and sound, freedom for children to talk or leave their seats, and a quiet zone in the lobby.
In the coming weeks, the Center will be announcing winter and spring programming in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, Explore Puppetry Workshops for adults, and special events.
Ticket prices vary for performances and other programs. Prices are available at puppet.org or by calling 404-873-
3391. Based on availability.
WINTER & SPRING 2022 FAMILY SERIES PERFORMANCES
The Snowy Day and Other Stories Jan. 14-Jan 30
Click, Clack Moo: Cows that Type Feb. 2-Mar 13
The Wizard of Oz Mar. 18-Apr 3
Pete the Cat Apr. 7-May 29
WINTER & SPRING 2021 SENSORY-FRIENDLY SUNDAYS
Click, Clack Moo: Cows that Type Feb. 27
Pete the Cat May 15
WINTER & SPRING 2022 ADULT PROGRAMMING
Chimpanzee Apr. 8-10
Xperimental Puppetry Theater (XPT) May 12-15
WINTER & SPRING 2022 DIGITAL PROGRAMMING
January Puppet Playdate: Mr. Kolachi’s Long List Jan. 15
February Puppet Playdate: Anansi the Spider Feb. 19
March Puppet Playdate: Aesop’s Fantastical Fables Mar. 19
April Puppet Playdate: The Velveteen Rabbit Apr. 16
May Puppet Playdate: The Little Red Hen & the Grain of Wheat May 21
WINTER & SPRING 2022 EDUCATION PROGRAMMING
STEM Adventure Day (Click, Clack, Moo) Mar. 6
STEM Adventure Day (Pete the Cat) Apr. 24
For a complete list of our donors go to puppet.org