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Upcoming Shows And Events

Tickets are $8 for children and $12 for adults. Children under 2 are free only with the purchase of another child's ticket. Members receive $2 off admission.

Adult-only puppet slams are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

All tickets are purchased at the theater but advanced family reservations may be made by calling 602-262-2050 ext. 4. 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.

Old MacDonald

Aug 1 - Aug 19, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Old MacDonald

That famous farmer and his animal friends are making noises and having fun. This delightful show is done with rod puppets, features toddler friendly music, and is great sing-along fun. Recommended for ages 2 - 8. Download the activity guide here.

Baby Bear Goes to School

Aug 22 - Sep 9, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Baby Bear Goes to School

Baby Bear is excited about his very first day of school in this cute, charming, musical show told in simple English. Great for preschool up to second grade and for anyone learning English as a second language. Download the study guide here. and follow this link to find all the songs to practice with your students and children before and after coming to the show!

"Gothic" Puppet Slam (for adults)

Sep 7 - Sep 8, 8pm Fri and Sat Nights.
"Gothic" Puppet Slam (for adults)

Adult Puppet Slams are curated evenings full of short pieces by professional puppeteers. You may see funny, spooky, or edgy shows throughout the night. Each month we have one special guest artist. This month we are proud to welcome back Rasputin's Marionettes! Rasputin's specializes in unique and surprising solo marionnette performances. Matt Scott, founder of Rasputin's, has been pushing the limits of puppetry for over 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 $12 in advance or $15 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 Frog Prince

Sep 12 - Oct 7, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
The Frog Prince

Based on the classic fairy tale, a spoiled princess learns lessons about friendship and keeping her promises. This sweet musical is told with rod puppets on our large stage. Recommended K and up. Download the study guide here.

"Horror" Puppet Slam (for adults)

Oct 5 - Oct 6, 8pm Fri and Sat Nights.
"Horror" Puppet Slam (for adults)

Adult Puppet Slams are curated evenings full of short pieces by a variety of professional puppeteers. You may see funny, spooky, or edgy shows throughout the night. Our host, Daisy the Kitten, will be around to make sure you have a fantastic time! Check back here soon to see who are special guest artist will be in October for our "Horror" themed Slam.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 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 Bunny's Halloween

Oct 10 - Oct 28, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Little Bunny's Halloween

The perfect puppet show for little folks at Halloween. Enjoy lots of sing alongs as Little Bunny and his mom explore the fun, not-too-scary side of Halloween. Check out our study and activity guide to bring the Halloween fun home to you! Recommended Preschool to Grade 2.

The Little Red Hen

Oct 31 - Nov 4, Wed-Fri at 10am only
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! 2018

Nov 7 - Nov 11, Wed-Fri at 10am only
No shows Saturday; Sun 2pm.
Imagine This! 2018

"Imagine This" is not your average puppet show! This yearly event is comprised of many different stories written by kids, for kids. This is our favorite program to produce each year as it is always different and very 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, creative show filled with some wild antics and originality! Recommended for ages 5 and up. *No daytime shows on Saturday, due to evening event.*

"Mystery" Puppet Slam (for adults)

Nov 10, 8pm Saturday Only.
"Mystery" Puppet Slam (for adults)

This month we have an extra special, one-night only, Puppet Slam Presentation! You'll have to come on down to see what this "Mystery" Puppet Slam is all about. Presented by your friends at the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, this event is unlike any other Slam you'll ever see and promises more puppet shows than ever before!

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 day of the show. We highly recommend making reservations. Drinks are available for a suggested donation for those who are 21 and up.

The Little Red Hen

Nov 14 - Nov 18, Wed-Fri at 10am only
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.

Little Red Riding Hood

Nov 23 - Dec 2, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Little Red Riding Hood

Come celebrate our 35th Anniversary by seeing the puppet show that premiered when we first opened our historic building to the public! This beautiful, classic story has been renewed for today's audience. Enjoy the tale of Red Riding Hood who gets more than she bargained for while on a trip to her grandmother's house. Recommended for K and up. *The Theater will be closed on Wednesday, November 21 and Thursday, November 22.*

The Night Before Christmas

Dec 5 - Dec 23, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
The Night Before Christmas

A joyful celebration of Christmas with multiple stories, lots of music, and an amazing array of puppets. We've added some new stories this year and made this family-friendly show better than ever! Recommended for ages 3 - 12. *Sunday, December 16 is a Special Event - our Annual Christmas Party. Reservations are required. See seperate event for more details.*

Christmas Party

Dec 16, 2pm to approximately 4pm, Special Event.
Christmas Party

Celebrate the season at our annual Christmas Party! Enjoy a 2pm showing of "The Night Before Christmas" followed by puppet making, holiday snacks, and a visit from Santa Claus! There will be a photographer so you can take a photo of Santa and your child home with you. Reservations are required - please call 602-262-2050. Special event pricing applies. Doors open at 1:30.

Cinderella

Dec 26 - Jan 13, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Cinderella

Our most popular show is back! Come see the magic of the girl, the prince, the glass slipper! Lots of laughs, beautiful puppets, and plentry of 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 13 is a special event, Cinderella's Ball!* Download the study guide here.

Cinderella's Ball

Jan 13, 2pm to approximately 4pm, Special Event.
Cinderella's Ball

Our most popular event of the year, "Cinderella's Ball" is back! Dress up like a princess or prince for this very special occasion! There will be a special showing of "Cinderella" followed by games, yummy snacks, puppet making activities, and some very special guests who will join us on the dance floor. Special event pricing applies, members recieve a discount. Reservations are highly recommended as this event usually sells out. Please call 602-262-2050 to reserve space for your family.

Three Little Kittens: The Mewsical

Jan 16 - Jan 27, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Three Little Kittens: The Mewsical

The Three Little Kittens who lost their mittens are on the trail of a mischevious thief, a rat! Children will love this musical about the three clever kittens who find their mittens and are rewarded for their hard work. Told with large rod puppets on the big stage. Recommended preschool - 3rd grade. Download the activity guide here.

Guest Artist Marionette Ballet Theater Presents: "Sugar Plum Lake"

Jan 30 - Feb 3, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Guest Artist Marionette Ballet Theater Presents: "Sugar Plum Lake"

Enjoy a magical journey through a mythological fairyland. Our guest artist, Marionette Ballet Theater, presents beautiful marionette puppets during this spectacle full of fairy magic. Told to classical music with no dialogue, this show is for all ages to enjoy.

Hotel Saguaro

Feb 6 - Feb 24, Wed-Fri at 10am only
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 Brad Shur Presents: "Cardboard Explosion!"

Feb 27 - Mar 3, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Guest Artist Brad Shur Presents: "Cardboard Explosion!"

Join us for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! "Carboard Explosion!" brings four original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose your own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic participatory show. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Big Bug Circus

Mar 6 - Mar 24, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Big Bug Circus

An amazing circus featuring talented bugs as the performers! This show is performed with table-top marionettes, an exciting soundtrack, and the puppeteer acts as the Ring Master. Best for ages 4 & up.

International Week

Mar 27 - Mar 31, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
International Week

Celebrate international puppetry with us! Every other year, we work to bring in outstanding guest artists from around the world. This year, we are excited to host a puppetry group coming all the way from Prague. Check back here for more details in the future.

Peter Rabbit

Apr 3 - Apr 21, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Peter Rabbit

Based on Beatrix Potter's classic story about a little rabbit that gets into Mr. McGregor's garden. Will the farmer find him? Will Peter find his way back to his loving family? Lively hand puppet Rabbits and a large rod puppet Farmer help tell this tale entirely to music with no dialogue. Recommended ages 3 - 8. Download the activity guide here.

Goldilocks

Apr 24 - May 5, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Goldilocks

The classic story of the little girl who unexpectedly meets up with the three bears. Told with hand puppets, this adorable show is a delight. Recommended for ages 3 - 8. Download the study and activity guide here.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

May 8 - May 26, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Before the Three Goats Gruff can cross the bridge, they must outwit a hungry troll! Hand and rod puppets and lots of help from the audience are used to tell this exciting story. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Download the study guide here.

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