Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Puppet-Playwriting Workshop for Adults at PST


Tues, May 29th at 7:00pm
$20 for StageSource Members, $30 for non-members
Click Here to find out more information or to order Tickets!

If you like playwriting and puppets, do we have the class for you!  Come and learn about how the use of puppets in storytelling can contribute to your written work.  This workshop features Roxie Myhrum, Bonnie Duncan, Faye Dupras, and Brad Shur and is moderated by Pat Gabridge.  If you would like to write a puppet play, or incorporate puppets into your script/production, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn from the experts.

The use of puppets dates backs to the very beginning of theatre, and now more and more new plays and theatre productions are using puppets as ways to help tell the story.  Recent examples include Paula Vogel's Long Christmas Ride Home and the production of Wild Swans at American Repertory Theatre.  In addition, the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline presents puppet shows for both children and adults, all year long.

Calling all kids ages 7-12: let's make monsters!


Deadline to register is June 8th!
6-25 through 6-29
Ages 7-12
To Register: Call the Brookline Rec Department at 617-730-2069. We still have room for more campers so apply today!

We love monsters at PST, like our friends Reginald and Bella!  (pictured right) Our vision for creating this programming is to provide a high quality arts education alternative to summer childcare.  

We have a lot of fun planned for this summer!

About the Camp: Can you imagine the world’s craziest monster? Do you like making stuff by hand? Then Puppet Showplace Theatre wants YOU for Monster Makers! In this new one-week summer camp kids will experience the process of puppet design, resulting in the creation of original hand-crafted monster puppets. 

Led by PST’s Artist in Residence, Brad Shur, students will explore the materials and mechanisms used by professional puppet builders to create the creatures that only exist in their imaginations. Students will also take on mini-projects that exercise core artistic skills such as drawing and sculpting. Craftsmanship, attention to detail, and project-planning skills will also be learned along the way. In addition to puppetry activities, campers will enjoy fun recreational outings led by counselors from the Brookline Recreation Department.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Lazy Fox versus The Armadillo! Only at PST.

ThuMay 3110:30am
FriJune 110:30am
SatJune 210:30am & 1pm

Watch two classic tales come to life when Spring Valley Puppet Theater comes to PST!


About the show: Can a very lazy Fox trick an Armadillo? Perhaps...but in this Spring Valley Puppet Theater production of "The Lazy Fox," the Armadillo has a few tricks up HIS sleeve! This program, based on an Argentine Folk Tale, features enchanting hand puppet animals and a large rod puppet Sun. It is combined with "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing," adapted from the Aesop fable. This popular story is enlivened with a colorful Mexican setting, a humorous communication gap and a surprise ending where a helpless little lamb proves that she is not so helpless after all!

Recommended for ages 5 & up.

About the performer: Michael Graham, puppeteer and director of Spring Valley Puppet Theater, has been performing since 1966 throughout New England, primarily for schools and libraries. He has performed at regional and national festivals of the Puppeteers of America. He designs and makes his puppets, writes his own scripts, creates the scenery, and does a number of the voices.

Michael graduated from Western Connecticut State College, and studied with the renowned puppeteer Albrecht Roser from Stuttgart, Germany, at the University of Connecticut.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy Birthday PST!

Puppet Showplace Theatre Birthday Gala
Saturday June 2nd, 7:00-10:00pm

Tickets: $50, $38 for members (in honor of our 38th year!)
Sponsor a VIP table for $300 (6 seats)
For more information and to purchase tickets, Click Here!

Hello everybody!  It's Bella, your favorite pink monster here, and I want know how you are planning to help PST celebrate their birthday this June?  One way is to come to our birthday party on Saturday the 2nd, from 7pm to 10pm.  There's going to be swingin' live music,  tasty refreshments from local restaurants, a silent auction, special guests, and puppet surprises!

Another way to help us celebrate 38 years as New England's oldest continuously running puppet theatre is with birthday presents! Everybody loves birthday presents, including PST.

See you at the theatre!

- Bella Monster

Can't attend the gala?
Give PST a Birthday Gift!
If you would like to send us a birthday donation, please click the donate button to the left. All donations help us continue our programming for children and adults throughout the year!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

See the delightful Fairy Circus at PST!


Thu | May 24 | 10:30am
Sat & Sun | May 26 & 27 | 1pm & 3pm

Watch classical music meet marionettes in Tanglewood Marionettes' Fairy Circus!

About the show: You’re invited to an enchanted garden with surprises around every corner! The Fairy Circus features classic trick puppets and beautifully handcrafted marionettes. The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the music of favorite composers!

Recommended for ages 4 & up.

About the performer: Peter Schaefer was born into a family of puppeteers and has been performing with hand puppets, rod puppets and marionettes since he was a child. After refining his skills with a local puppet company for several years, Peter purchased a marionette show from a retiring Boston puppeteer and launched his own company: Mountain Marionettes. After touring nationally for two years, in 1993 Peter decided to join with a fellow puppeteer and form a new company: Tanglewood Marionettes.

Over his career, Peter has brought his unique marionette artistry to hundreds of thousands of children and families across the country!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Coming to the PST near you: Little Red Riding Hood vs. the Wolf!


Thu | May 17 | 10:30am
Sat & Sun | May 19 & 20 | 1pm & 3pm

The tale of Red Riding Hood - with tabletop puppets!

About the show: Little Red is sent into the big woods to deliver a basket of goodies to her sick Grandmother, but is hounded by a hungry wolf who wants the basket for himself. Will Little Red be able to outsmart the wolf and save her Grandmother?

Recommended for ages 4 & up.

About the performer: Located in New York City, WonderSpark Puppets performs award-winning puppet theater in all sorts of venues. Theaters, schools, libraries, children’s museums, and even your living room, you never know where WonderSpark Puppets will be appearing next.

Founded by husband and wife team Chad Williams and Lindsey “Z.” Briggs, WonderSpark Puppets infuse fun and whimsy into all their performances. WonderSpark is happy to perform puppet shows for kids and adults alike.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Are you ready for Dr. Doohickey's Monster Machine?


Thu &  Fri | May 10 & 11 | 10:30am
Fri | May 11 | 3:30pm AFTER SCHOOL SHOWTIME
Sat & Sun | May 12 & 13 | 1pm & 3pm


What comes out of the monster machine, only Dr. Doohickey knows... but you can too, at PST!

FREE SNACKS and behind the scenes with Artist in Residence, Brad Shur for the 3:30pm performance on Fri, May 11th.

Celebrate Mother's Day with a Puppet Show on May 13th, and get a FREE Finger Puppet!

About the show: Dr. Doohickey thinks that the world would be much more exciting if people were a little more like monsters, don’t you? Join the doctor and his assistant Reginald the Rabbit as they use music, machines and a little magic to bring funny monsters to life.

Recommended for ages 4 & up.

About the performer: Brad has been professionally involved in puppetry for nearly 10 years. He first began as a performer with the Providence puppet and mask company Big Nazo while a student at the Rhode Island School of Design and has toured nationally with Wood & Strings Theatre, a marionette company out of Tennessee. Brad recently finished working with the Vermont PuppetTree as a freelance puppet designer and performer.

He has experience in teaching workshops and classes for students of all ages and hopes to be known in the future as an Arts Educator. Brad has a passion for performance and describes his style as “carnival barker” driven by interactive audience dialogue.

PST Celebrates 38 Years This June, 2012!

When: June 2nd, 7pm to 10pm
Where: Puppet Showplace Theatre 
32 Station Street, Brookline MA

Tickets: $50, $38 for members
Sponsor a VIP table: $500 or $300 to bring your friends!

On June 2nd, 2012, Puppet Showplace Theatre will celebrate its 38th year as the first continuously running puppet theatre in New England.  Since 1974, PST has presented excellent puppetry performance and education programming for youth, families and adults. Join us for a special Birthday Gala, as we celebrate the Puppet Showplace Theatre's 38th birthday, and help us raise funds to continue our legacy for decades to come! 

Our featured guest will be author/educator/entrepreneur Peter H. Reynolds, who has inspired audiences around the world to discover their own creativity. Peter will share his own inspiring connection with the theater, and will be presented with the first PST Creative Leadership Award for his work in arts and education.

The evening will feature live music, delectable refreshments and beverages, a silent auction, birthday cake and special surprises!

The evening also includes the presentation of the very first Paul Vincent Davis Award, named for the theater's co-founder and former Artistic Director who will be there to present it. The award honors exceptional artistry, mentorship and service in the field of puppetry. 

Can't make it to the gala?

You can still show your support by sending the theater a birthday present, by clicking HERE.  Every donation helps ensure we will be around for another 38 years!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

There's a Slam coming, Mr. Wayne...


May 19, 8 - 10:30pm

It's time for our bimonthly Puppet Showplace
Slam, adult puppet fans!


About the slam:
Puppet Showplace Theatre has shows for teens and adults? That's right puppet fans. Every other month we stay open late to bring you the finest in "grown up" puppet entertainment. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll go home googly-eyed. May's slam features special guests Z. Briggs and Chad Williams of WonderSpark puppets.

Sing-A-Long Your Favorite Song at PST!


Sing Along with Nappy's Puppets  by Nappy's Puppets
Thurs | May 3 | 10:30am
Fri | May 4 | 10:00am NEW SHOWTIME!
Sat & Sun | May 5 & 6 | 1pm & 3pm


Puppet Showplace Theatre is happy to present, as a kick off to our final month of music filled puppetry magic this May, a super fun shadow puppet sing-a-long with Jim Napolitano and Nappy's Puppets!  Join us for your favorite tunes and tons of laughs, all week long!

About the show: How many of these songs do you know: Little Bunny Foo-Foo? Five Little Ducks? The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly? Five Little Monkeys Jumpin’ on the Bed? Puppeteer Jim Napolitano has gathered together the greatest Sing-A-Long songs of all time! Join in the fun as Nappy’s Puppets presents some of the silliest songs around.

About the performer: Jim Napolitano is a native of Milford, Connecticut, and a graduate of the University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts Program. Under the guidance of Bart Roccoberton, Jim studied puppetry and performed in productions such as The Faerie Ring, A Christmas Carol, and the student-produced television program The Egghead and Shivley Show.  After completion of his degree, Jim worked with Bits and Pieces Puppet Theatre performing giant nine-foot-tall puppet musicals. He performed around the country and around the world, including the National Cultural Center in Japan and the National Theatre in Taiwan.

Jim is now working as a freelance artist and performer. His credits include The Weinervill Chanukah Special, Thanksgiving Weekend with Stick Stickley, and The Manners Song, all on Nickelodeon, as well as programs for Scholastic Home Video and HBO Pictures. Jim has also performed on and designed puppets for the PBS program Between the Lions.

Jim’s teaching experience includes five years as Performing Arts Counselor at St. James Summer Camp, four years as a substitute teacher, four years at Saturday Academy teaching puppetry to middle school students, and professional development workshops for the art teachers in the Milford school system. In addition, Jim has led workshops at the New Victory Theatre in New York City and taught Adult Education for the Milford and Norwalk Continuing Education Programs.