The crisp fall air has descended upon us in Atlanta, and we’re getting excited about our upcoming festivities! First up this month, a Mexican folktale is adapted for the puppet stage in a fun, bilingual show the kids will love. Then, Rudolph flies back into town to get the holiday season started! (Pro tip: Come see Rudolph in November to take advantage of early-bird pricing!) We’re excited to get into the holidays, and we hope you’ll spend them with us. Here’s everything on our calendar this month:


On stage in the Family Series through November 11: Brother Coyote and Sister Fox. Presented by Thistle Theatre of Seattle. Quick-witted Sister Fox stays one step ahead of Brother Coyote in this delightful Mexican folktale with English, Spanish, and plenty of chickens! This show is presented in the Downstairs Theater, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the Cheerful Chicken Rod Puppet.

On stage in the Family Series beginning November 13: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage. This show is presented in the Mainstage Theater, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the Sam the Snowman Rod Puppet. 


In the Worlds of Puppetry Museum all month: Guided tours of the Global Collection take place Tuesday-Friday at 1 pm, Saturday at 11 am. Guided tours of the Jim Henson Collection take place Tuesday-Friday at 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. Behind-the-scenes tours take place Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm.

New exhibit! Now on display in the Special Exhibit Gallery: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic. Immerse yourself in a world of fantastical creatures and pure imagination: the world of Jim Henson’s visionary masterpiece The Dark Crystal. This exhibit will feature original Brian Froud artwork, animatronic prototypes, as well as iconic puppets, costumes and props.


Nov. 6: Toddler Tuesday. 9:30 am-1 pm. This interactive museum program is designed for ages 2-4, and includes special games, puppet making, dancing, story time and more! 


Nov. 7: Explore Puppetry Series: Bunraku Tabletop Puppetry. Join Thistle Theatre puppeteers Zane Exactly, Andre Nelson and Gina Wilhelm and experience first-hand the challenging and rewarding style of Tabletop Bunraku puppetry (a hallmark of all Thistle Theatre productions), a variation of traditional Japanese Bunraku. This workshop allows you to examine the construction techniques of these unique puppets and learn team puppet manipulation (including the role of each puppeteer on the team and how to focus, walk and use props). Observers and participants welcome!


Nov. 8: Lunchtime Culture. Puppetry & Acting: Bringing Characters to Life. (Location: Alliance Theater) Puppeteer and actor Jake Krakovsky will show us what it takes, on and off stage, to bring puppets and characters to life. FREE!

Nov. 18: LEGOLAND Holiday Lego Build. Fungineers from LEGOLAND Discovery Center will join us on for a special holiday LEGO puppy build! Included at no extra charge with your paid admission to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. While supplies last!