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Upcoming Shows And Events

Tickets are $7 for children and $10 for adults. Children under 2 are free only with the purchase of another child's ticket. Members receive $1 off admission. Adult-only puppet slams are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show.

All tickets are purchased at the theater but advanced family reservations may be made by calling (602) 262-2050. School and group rates must make arrangements in advance. Most of our shows in the theater are just under an hour.

Previews for some of our shows are available on the Previews Page.

Goldilocks

Sep 6 - Oct 1, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Goldilocks

The classic story of the little girl who unexpectedly meets up with the three bears. Recommended for ages 3 - 8. Download the Study and Activity Guide here.

Old MacDonald's Pumpkin Patch

Oct 4 - Oct 29, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Old MacDonald's Pumpkin Patch

Our brand new Halloween show premieres with our favorite farmer and all his animals. See what happens when all Old MacDonald's animals have to find a costume for Halloween. Told with hand puppets and rod puppets, this show has lots of sing-a-long fun. It's a Halloween treat! Recommended for ages 2 - 8.

Spooky Wooky Puppet Slam (for adults)

Oct 6 - Oct 7, 8pm Fri and Sat Nights.
Spooky Wooky Puppet Slam (for adults)

Our slams are curated evenings full of short pieces by a variety of professional puppeteers. You may see funny, scary, or edgy shows throughout the night. The Spooky Wooky puppet slam will be hosted by America's Favorite Cartoon Witch, Toybox! Keith Shubert from Asheville, North Carolina is an audience favorite. Shubert is the founder of Toybox Theater which has been delighting adult and child audiences since 1999. He has performed at puppetry festivals, schools, galleries, theaters, and rock clubs. He performed in the 2013 National Puppet Slam.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of the show. We highly recommend making reservations. Slams are for adults 18 and over only. Drinks are available for a suggested donation for those who are 21 and up. Like our Adult Slam Facebook page to stay up to date on all the wonderful Slam Stuff!

The Little Red Hen

Nov 1 - Nov 12, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
The Little Red Hen

Who will help the Little Red Hen with all the work it takes to get wheat made into bread? This sing-along show invites lots of audience participation and shares a valuable message about helping each other. Recommended for ages 2 - 8. Download the Study Guide here.

Imagine This! 2017

Nov 15 - Nov 19, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Imagine This! 2017

Imagine This! is comprised of many different stories written by kids for kids. This annual program is always different and always exciting. Kenilworth elementary students write original stories and a panel of judges chooses the best to be made into shows by our professional puppeteers using a variety of puppet styles. Expect a high energy show filled with fun and originality! Recommended for ages 5 - 13.

The Little Red Hen

Nov 22 - Dec 3, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
The Little Red Hen

Who will help the Little Red Hen with all the work it takes to get wheat made into bread? This sing-along show invites lots of audience participation and shares a valuable message about helping each other. Recommended for ages 2 - 8. **Theater closed November 23 for Thanksgiving** Download the Study Guide here.

Jingles' Holly Jolly Puppet Slam (for adults)

Dec 1 - Dec 2, 8pm Fri and Sat Nights.
Jingles' Holly Jolly Puppet Slam (for adults)

Our slams are curated evenings full of short pieces by professional puppeteers. You may see funny, scary, or edgy shows throughout the night. Each month we have one special guest artist. This month we are proud to have Rasputin's Marionettes which specializes in unique and surprising solo marionnette performances. Matt Scott, founder of Rasputin's, has been pushing the limits of puppetry for the past 20 years. From foul-mouthed adult monologues, to wanton burlesque dames, and shocking holiday characters, Rasputin's Marionettes has pushed the envelope of what adult puppetry can showcase to shocked and amused audiences.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of the show. We highly recommend making reservations. Slams are for adults 18 and over only. Drinks are available for a suggested donation for those who are 21 and up. Like our Adult Slam Facebook page to stay up to date on all the wonderful Slam Stuff!

The Night Before Christmas

Dec 6 - Dec 24, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
The Night Before Christmas

A joyful celebration of Christmas with stories, music, and an amazing array of puppets. Recommended for ages 3 - 12.

Cinderella

Dec 27 - Jan 21, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Cinderella

The girl, the prince, the glass slipper! Lots of laughs and special effects make Cinderella an audience favorite. This show was awarded the UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence in Puppetry. Recommended for ages 3 - 12. *Sunday, January 21 is a special event, Cinderella's Ball!* Download the Study Guide here.

Newie-Gooey Puppet Slam (for adults)

Jan 5 - Jan 6, 8pm Fri and Sat Nights.
Newie-Gooey Puppet Slam (for adults)

Ring in the new year with some amazing puppet shows and our lovely guest artist, Pam Severns! Severns is a puppeteer, musician, and comic for stage and screen. She has worked on comedy and puppetry projects with IFC, MTV, PBS, Amazon Studios, Fuse Network, and Seeso and has performed at the San Francisco Comedy Festival, the 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival in Minneapolis, and the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference. She is on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry and can be found performing around LA.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of the show. We highly recommend making reservations. Slams are for adults 18 and over only. Drinks are available for a suggested donation for those who are 21 and up. Like our Adult Slam Facebook page to stay up to date on all the wonderful Slam Stuff!

Little Dino's Baby Tooth

Jan 24 - Jan 28, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Little Dino's Baby Tooth

In this adorable show, Little Dino is scared to lose his very first baby tooth. Luckily, his friend Maisy the butterfly is around to help ease his fears and teach him how to take good care of his teeth, healthy eating habits, and how to brush to keep baby and big teeth happy and healthy. This is one of our most popular new touring shows and is playing for one week only! Recommended for ages 2 - 8.

Guest Artist PuppetKabob Presents "The Snowflake Man"

Jan 31 - Feb 4, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Guest Artist PuppetKabob Presents "The Snowflake Man"

The story of The Snowflake Man is inspired by Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley, the self-educated farmer and scientiest who attracted world attention in 1885 when he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal. Awarded an UNIMA Citation of Excellence, this show swings audiences into the historic 1920s through creative storytelling, intricately designed marionettes, and a pop-up book of striking water color scenery. The Snowflake Man combines art, science, and a little known piece of American history to magical effect! Recommended for ages 5 - 12.

This show supports AZ Weather Unit Curriculum - Download the Study Guide here.

Lovey Dovey Puppet Slam (for adults)

Feb 2 - Feb 3, 8pm Fri and Sat Nights.
Lovey Dovey Puppet Slam (for adults)

Our Lovey-Dovey Puppet Slam takes a turn towards the dark with our amazing guest artists - Night Shade. Night Shade Shadow Theater was founded in 2007 by artists Sarah Frechette and Jason Thibodeaux who are revolutionizing ancient shadow puppetry by using light to manipulate depth and space. Blending pocket-lights, hand-cut illustrations, an original soundtrack and experimental storytelling into a form of cinematic theater that flows like film. Night Shade has lit up puppetry, art and music festivals across the U.S. including the New Orleans 2017 Giant Puppet Festival. Sarah and Jason also make experimental puppetry films and have worked on stop-motion films at LAIKA studios. For more info see their website or Insta @thehandandtheshadow.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of the show. We highly recommend making reservations. Slams are for adults 18 and over only. Drinks are available for a suggested donation for those who are 21 and up. Like our Adult Slam Facebook page to stay up to date on all the wonderful Slam Stuff!

Hotel Saguaro

Feb 7 - Feb 25, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Hotel Saguaro

Grandpa Saguaro tells little Sammy Saguaro the importance of the saguaro cactus in the desert and to the many animals that live there too. This award-winning show was originally created with The Desert Botanical Garden. Recommended for ages 5 - 12. Download Study Guide here.

Guest Artist Hunter Marionettes Presents: "Penguin In My Pocket"

Feb 28 - Mar 4, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Guest Artist Hunter Marionettes Presents: "Penguin In My Pocket"

A penguin scientist gets help from an artistic monkey in this original marionette show that appears from the puppeteers pockets! This show has lots of audience participation. Recommended for ages 2 - 8.

Springy Flingy Puppet Slam (for adults)

Mar 2 - Mar 3, 8pm Fri and Sat Nights.
Springy Flingy Puppet Slam (for adults)

Our slams are curated evenings full of short pieces by a variety of professional puppeteers. You may see funny, scary, or edgy shows throughout the night. This month, Kurt Hunter of Hunter Marionettes brings his innovative solo marionette work, including the amazing "Sock Puppet Serenade" which won an UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence in Puppetry.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of the show. We highly recommend making reservations. Slams are for adults 18 and over only. Drinks are available for a suggested donation for those who are 21 and up. Like our Adult Slam Facebook page to stay up to date on all the wonderful Slam Stuff!

Jack Rabbit & The Easter Basket

Mar 7 - Apr 1, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Jack Rabbit & The Easter Basket

Lost Canyon, Arizona is too far away for the Easter Bunny, so he gets his cousin, Jack Rabbit to help deliver Sally Johnson's Easter basket. But it's awful far and kind of dangerous! This cute musical is played with large rod puppets on the big stage! Recommended for ages 3 - 12.

Guest Artist Mesner Puppet Theater Presents: "The Cat Came Back"

Apr 4 - Apr 8, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Guest Artist Mesner Puppet Theater Presents: "The Cat Came Back"

Based on the folk song by Fred Penner, this hilarious show tells the story of Mr Johnson and a mysterious cat who keeps returning to his doorstep. This show promises to delight and is great fun for the whole family! Recommended for ages 5 - 12. Download the Study Guide here.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Death Star

Apr 6 - Apr 7, 8pm Fri and Sat Nights.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Death Star

This month we have a special, full-length production instead of our usual Puppet Slam.

What if George Lucas had decided to turn his epic space saga into a musical puppet show? Find out in this wacky parody of Star Wars written by Curt Bright and adapted to puppet theater by Mesner Puppet Theater Artistic Director Mike Horner. Learn more at their website.

This show is open to ages 12 and up. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of the show. We highly recommend making reservations. Drinks are available for a suggested donation for those who are 21 and up.

The Princess, the Unicorn, and the Smelly Foot Troll

Apr 11 - Apr 29, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
The Princess, the Unicorn, and the Smelly Foot Troll

Our most popular original show is back! It's Princess Harriet's birthday and everyone is invited! Fun for the whole family with plenty of singing, sparkles, and smelly foot hilarity! Recommended for ages 3 - 12. Download the Activity Guide here.

The Three Little Pigs

May 1 - May 27, Wed-Fri only at 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
The Three Little Pigs

The big bad wolf and three little pigs are delightful to watch in this classic story told with large rod puppets. Recommended for ages 3 - 12. Download the Study Guide here.

Daisy's Mazie Wasey Puppet Slam

May 4 - May 5, 8pm Fri and Sat Nights.
Daisy's Mazie Wasey Puppet Slam

Our slams are curated evenings full of short pieces by a variety of professional puppeteers. You may see funny, scary, or edgy shows throughout the night. This month our guest artists are Jenelle and Katie! Also known as Jen-atie or Ka-nelle, they hail from the rainy town of Portland, Oregon and combine forces to bring puppet shows to adoring crowds. Jenelle also performs regularly as her lovable theatrical clown, Ollie. Katie runs Beady Little Eyes, a puppet event company that puts on multiple puppet slams each year. Together they perform all around the country with their slam pieces and make short puppet films together.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of the show. We highly recommend making reservations. Slams are for adults 18 and over only. Drinks are available for a suggested donation for those who are 21 and up. Like our Adult Slam Facebook page to stay up to date on all the wonderful Slam Stuff!

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