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The Center presents a wide variety of family fun, including innovative adaptations of classic stories and dynamic new works by the Center’s company as well as other American and international artists. Advance purchase is highly recommended.




Current 2014-15 Family Performance

Shake a Tale Feather with Mother Goose
Adapted and directed by Amy Sweeney
Aug 21 - Sept 21, 2014
Previews: Aug 19 & 20
Recommended for ages 2 & up

Mother Goose is missing! Help Mary Mary sort out nursery rhymes with Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Jack & Jill, and all the other citizens of Rhymeville while looking for clues to Mother Goose’s whereabouts.
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Upcoming 2014-15 Family Performances

The Old Man and the Monkeys
& Other Chinese Tales

By Dragon Art Studio of Portland, OR
Sept 24 - Oct 5, 2014
Recommended for ages 4 & up

Expert Chinese artists weave together five traditional and not-so-traditional vignettes to recount delightful tales of ancient China through beautiful imagery and surprising effects.
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The Wizard of Oz
By Frisch Marionettes of Cincinnati, OH
Adapted from the America children’s classic by L. Frank Baum
Oct 8 - 26, 2014

Recommended for ages 4 & up

Back by popular demand! Celebrate America’s rich musical heritage as Dorothy travels down the Yellow Brick Road to find out why the Lion, Tinman, and Strawman are all singing the Blues.
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The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Silly Hollow
By Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers of Bar Harbor, ME
Oct 28 - Nov 9, 2014

Recommended for ages 4 & up

An audience favorite! In this comedic version of the classic Washington Irving tale, schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and a spookier image.
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer®
Adapted by Jon Ludwig
Based on the classic television special
Nov 13 - Dec 28, 2014

Previews: Nov 11 & 12
No shows Nov 27 or Dec 25

Recommended for ages 4 & up

Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us!
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The Stinky Cheese Man
By Paul Mesner Puppets of Kansas City, MO
Based on the book by Jon Scieszka (used by permission)
Dec 30, 2014 - Jan 11, 2015

No shows Jan 1 or Jan 6
Recommended for ages 4 & up

Jack (of Beanstalk fame) guides us through this humorous collection of fairy tale parodies, including a man made of stinky cheese instead of gingerbread!
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The Big Bad, Little Red, Pig Show
By Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy of Atlanta, GA
Jan 14 - 25, 2015
Recommended for ages 4 & up

Look out! Little Red is ridin’ into the ‘hood, the three little pigs are hamming it up, and the Big Bad Wolf is working double-time in this hilarious twisted tangle of tales.
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Rainforest Adventures
Written by Jon Ludwig, Stephanie Kaskel Bogle, and Raylynn Hughes
Jan 29 - Mar 15, 2015
Previews: Jan 27 & 28
Recommended for ages 4 & up

Anacondas, howler monkeys, and sloths—oh my! It’s a jungle out there in this entertaining and educational peek at the amazing Amazonian rainforest!
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The Joshua Show
By Joshua Holden of New York, NY
Mar 17 - 22, 2015

Recommended for ages 4 & up

When Mr. Nicholas the sock puppet makes an unnerving self-discovery, his soulmate Joshua teaches him to celebrate his differences in this endearing show full of songs, whimsy, and abundant joy.
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Stellaluna
By Tears of Joy Theatre of Portland, OR
Based on the book by Janell Cannon (used by permission)
Mar 24 - Apr 4, 2015

No shows Apr 5
Recommended for ages 4 & up

Stellaluna gets lost and lands in a bird’s nest. Hanging by her feet, she struggles to adapt to her new home. Why is Stellaluna so different?
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Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show
Adapted by Jon Ludwig
Apr 9 - May 24, 2015
Previews: Apr 7 & 8
Recommended for ages 4 & up

This historical hoedown spins twangy tunes and tales taller than a ten-gallon hat honoring American heroes Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Pecos Bill, and Hekeke of the Miwok tribe.
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Photo credits:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites: Margo E. Gesser
  • Shake a Tail Feather with Mother Goose: © Center for Puppetry Arts
  • The Old Man and the Monkeys: Dragon Art Studio
  • The Wizard of Oz: Frisch Marionettes
  • The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Silly Hollow: Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: © Center for Puppetry Arts
  • The Stinky Cheese Man: gettheumbrella.com
  • The Big Bad, Little Red, Pig Show: Lee Bryan
  • Rainforest Adventures: David Zeiger
  • The Joshua Show: The Joshua Show
  • Stellaluna: Tears of Joy Theatre
  • Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show: Clay Walker



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