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Our 2019 Season – Puppet Shows and Events

ALL PERFORMANCES
AT 11:00AM & 2:00PM
unless indicated
Admission: $6 per person
(2 and under free)

Click here for our 2019 season flyer

Click here for our March 15 “Cavalcade of Stars” flyer

Saturday, January 19 & Monday, January 21
SPACE CREATURES MEET MOTHER GOOSE
Aliens land at a library and learn about humans through Mother Goose rhymes.   Anitra Steele, puppeteer

 

Saturday, February 16 & Monday, February 18

BEAR BONANZA, Whimsical bears come from hibernation for a jamboree of winter talent. Delight as bears of all kinds frolic and amuse!  Kraig Kensinger, puppeteer

 

Friday March 15, 2019 @7:30pm, a fundraiser for PAI.  “CAVALCADE OF STARS,” a variety entertainment, featuring:  Bob Abdou, comedy ventriloquist;  Beth Byrd, mime-physical theatre artist; and Kraig Kensinger, marionette puppet master.  Performance Location:  Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion St. (corner of Truman & Noland Rd.) Independence MO. 64050.  Donation: $20.00 per person

 

Saturday, March 16 @ 11:00am
ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY
-MR. PUPPET-
COMEDY VENTRILOQUIST
Nationally known ventriloquist Bob Abdou comes from Columbus, Ohio, to share an incredible cast of zany characters. Delight in a hilarious show of jokes, skits, and superb entertainment.

 

Saturday, April 27
BUBBA AND TRIXIE
A timid caterpillar and a bold lady bug share a journey of friendship and facing fears. Based on the book by Kansas City author Lisa Campbell-Ernst.   Stone Lion Puppet Theatre

 

Saturday, May 18
ONCE UPON A PUPPET SHOW
Journey into a behind the scenes look of a puppeteer’s studio. Observe how puppet types can be used to create a show. Then watch as selected storybook tales come alive in performance.   A Henning Puppet Production

 

Saturday, June 15 &  Saturday, June 29
THE WOLF AND LITTLE RED
Experience this classic tale from many points of view. Hear details from a hip hop wolf, a girl power Red, and even granny herself. A summer treat of tales, tunes and pretend.   Kraig Kensinger, puppeteer

 

JULY & AUGUST – FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHTS AT PUPPETRY ARTS INSTITUTE

Part of Englewood Art District’s 3rd Friday Art Walk

       Friday, July 19, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.

       Friday, August 16, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.

Puppeteer Kraig Kensinger entertains with whimsical marionette players, then be creative as you make your very own free take home paper puppet creation.

 

Saturday, September 14 & Saturday, September 21
PUPPETS: A TO Z
What is a puppet? Discover the incredible styles of hand, string, and abstract puppet art. Learn hands on tips to make a puppet player from household items. Then join unique puppet performers in a showcase of music and creative imagination.  Kraig Kensinger, puppeteer

 

Saturday October 19
THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF
Enjoy this classic Aesop fable complete with spooky storytelling, puppet surprises, and percussive music fun!  Papa and Jackie Wright, puppeteers

 

Friday, November 29 & Saturday, November 30
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Follow Dorothy on her beloved journey over the rainbow. Favorite characters come alive in an exciting production of puppet theatre flair! Kraig Kensinger, puppeteer

 

Saturday, December 7 & Saturday, December 14
COMING UP CHRISTMAS
Puppet pals share talent in a festive Holiday revue. Yuletide songs and merry tales bring the magic of Christmas alive!  Kraig Kensinger, puppeteer