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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 because performances often sell out.



Current 2014-15 Family Performance

Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show
Adapted and directed by Jon Ludwig
Based on the original script by Jon Ludwig and Eddie Levi Lee
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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Upcoming 2015-16 Family Performances

My Life as a Fairy Tale:
The Ugly Duckling

By Open Eye Figure Theatre of Minneapolis, MN
Adapted for the stage by Michael Sommers
May 26 - June 7, 2015
Recommended for ages 4 & up

Hans Christian Andersen and his tale The Ugly Duckling are brought to life in this imaginative and playful performance using only an assemblage of found objects and odd furniture.
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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Based on the book by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Betsy Lewin
Adapted for the puppet stage by Jon Ludwig and Jason von Hinezmeyer
Directed by Jon Ludwig
Used with Permission by Pippin Properties, Inc.
June 11 - July 26, 2015
Previews: June 9 & 10
No shows July 4

Recommended for ages 4 & up

Cows that type? Chickens on strike?? Farmer Brown canít believe his ears! Join the barnyard fun in this new adaptation of the award-winning childrenís book.

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The Reluctant Dragon
By Tears of Joy Theatre of Portland, OR  
July 28 - Aug 9, 2015
Recommended for ages 4 & up

When a dragon moves into the neighborhood, a bookish boy, the soft spoken dragon, and a famous knight must use showmanship to stage a battle to calm the villagersí fears.
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The Tortoise, the Hare, & Other Aesop's Fables
Adapted by Michael Haverty
Directed by Amy Sweeney
Aug 13 - Sept 20, 2015
Previews: Aug 11 & 12
Recommended for ages 2 & up
THEATRE FOR THE VERY YOUNG

Come one, come all! Aesopís circus is in town and the animals are ready to take the stage in this cheerful, interactive production specifically designed for the very young.
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Peter Pan
Adapted by Michael Haverty
Directed by Amy Sweeney
Based on the book by J.M. Barrie
Sept 24 - Oct 25, 2015
Previews: Sept 22 & 23
Recommended for ages 4 & up

Fly away to Neverland with Peter Pan and the Darling children in this vibrant, colorful adaptation of the time-honored classic tale.
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The 3 Little Pigs & More
By Grey Seal Puppets of Charlotte, NC
Oct 27 - Nov 8, 2015
Recommended for ages 4 & up

Fantastic folk tales from around the world come to life with a menagerie of zany characters! Featuring The Frog Prince, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and The Three Little Pigs.
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™
Based on the classic television special
Adapted by Jon Ludwig
Directed by Tim Sweeney
Nov 12 - Dec 27, 2015
Previews: Nov 10 & 11
No shows Nov 26 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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Pinocchio
By Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy of Atlanta, GA
Dec 29, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016

No shows Jan 1
Recommended for ages 4 & up

This one-man "tour de farce" combines found-object puppets and plenty of audience participation to retell the classic story of a puppetís journey to becoming a real, live boy.
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Brother Coyote and Sister Fox
By Thistle Theatre of Seattle, WA
Jan 13 - 24, 2016
Recommended for ages 4 & up
BILINGUAL: ENGLISH & SPANISH

Quick-witted Sister Fox stays one step ahead of Brother Coyote in this delightful Mexican folktale with English, Spanish, and plenty of chickens!
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SPACE!
Written and directed by Jon Ludwig
Jan 28 - Mar 10, 2016
Previews: Jan 26 & 27
Recommended for ages 4 & up

People of Earth, prepare to be amazed! Blast off with an alien rock-n-roll band on a galactic journey of discovery. This original, out-of-this-world musical is a fun-filled exploration of the final frontier!
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The Sound of Music
By Salzburg Marionette Theatre of Salzburg, Austria
Mar 12, 2016 -
ONE DAY ONLY!
Recommended for ages 4 & up

The acclaimed Austrian marionette companyís enchanting, world-class adaptation features all your favorite songs from the classic musical.

"A mesmerizing spectacle." ~ The New York Times
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Galapagos George,
The Little Tortoise That Could

By Barefoot Puppets of Richmond, VA
Mar 11 - Apr 3, 2016

No shows March 12 and March 27
Recommended for ages 4 & up

Journey to the far-off Galapagos Islands and meet George, the last tortoise of his kind. This uplifting eco-fable tells the true story of the famous, not-so-little tortoise and the islands he called home.
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Beauty & the Beast
Adapted and directed by Jon Ludwig
Apr 7 - May 22, 2016
Previews: Apr 5 & 6
Recommended for ages 4 & up

In this fun and funky adaptation of the classic tale, trash is turned into treasure and true love prevails in a modern day city complete with alley cats, beauty shops, and exercise videos!
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Photo credits:

  • Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show: © Center for Puppetry Arts

  • My Life as a Fairy Tale: The Ugly Duckling: Courtesy of Open Eye Figure Theatre
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type: Illustration by Betsy Lewin
  • The Reluctant Dragon: Courtesy of Tears of Joy Theatre
  • The Tortoise, the Hare, & Other Aesop's Fables: Rod Reilly
  • Peter Pan: Clay Walker
  • The 3 Little Pigs & More: Courtesy of Grey Seal Puppets
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Clay Walker
  • Pinocchio: Johanna Kimberl
  • Brother Coyote and Sister Fox: Diane Pavelin
  • SPACE!: Clay Walker
  • The Sound of Music: Courtesy of Salzburg Marionette Theatre
  • Galapagos George, the Little Tortoise That Could: Warren Johnson
  • Beauty & the Beast: Clay Walker



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