Giant bugs! Tiny elephants! Flying birds! Audience interaction! Toe-tapping original music! StoneLion Puppet Theatre is a professional company using multiple styles of puppetry, including marionettes, masks, shadow, mouth and rod puppets, to bring the magic of theater to life. Shows are fresh, original, and educational and can be performed for audiences of 30 to 10,000. For over 29 years StoneLion has toured internationally with literature based work or their highly acclaimed environmental series such as Stellaluna, Little Red Hen’s Community Garden, Backyard Buggin’, Down the Drain or The Frog Prints. Shows match core curriculum. StoneLion is also on the Kansas City Young Audiences and Mid America Regional Council touring rosters. StoneLion for the past eight years has been funded by the US State Department as an Arts Envoy, training teachers overseas to use arts education in curriculum and bringing our shows to life. StoneLion is gaining world-wide recognition for our giant puppet spectacles and illuminated glow events. StoneLion’s Artistic Director received the Outstand Community Partner award from the Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental (KACEE) for our excellence in Environmental Arts Education and the Lighton Prize as teaching artist of the year.
The Puppetry Arts Institute offers historical puppet shows/marionette theatre using a variety of styles of puppets (marionettes, hand puppets, shadow puppets). Currently two marionette shows are touring, “Lewis & Clark; A Dog’s Eyeview” and “Trouble on the Border: Order No. 11”. Shows last 30-45 minutes. discussion questions can be provided. Discussion of show content can follow performances. Two to three puppeteers are needed to perform our touring shows. These puppeteers have between 8 and 30 years of touring and performing experience. Our shows have received excellent reviews and some venues have rebooked us due to audience request and the success of our performances.
Minimum performance space is 8' high, 12' wide x 12' deep. Access to standard electrical. One hour set-up and take down time. One person is needed to assist.
Paul Vandivort teaches workshops in puppet making and performance in schools, libraries, and summer camps. After learning the art of puppet making in The Heart of the Beast, and Bedlam Theaters in Minneapolis, Paul Vandivort has dedicated his life to the art of children’s performance. In the past 18 years he has been performing puppet shows, and leading workshops in schools, libraries, summer camps, and at festivals throughout Missouri. Paul Vandivort offers a 15 minute performance followed by a 30 minute workshop in puppet building. Also, a 45 minute performance is available without the workshop. Each puppet show (story) is roughly 15 minutes (the 45 minute puppet show is made up of three stories). Stories available for hand puppet shows include: The Three Wishes, Pink Riding Hood, The Frog Prince, The Monster and the Baby, and The City Mouse and The Country Mouse. Stories available for shadow puppets include: The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Wiley and the Hairy man, and Strength.
Must be able to dim or turn off the lights for shadow performance. Ask presenters to supply one six foot long table.
Peter Allen and Debbie Lutzky Allen have been performing and teaching puppetry for over thirty years. Their live performances, featuring hand puppets, marionettes and shadow puppets, inspire audience involvement and enthusiastic participation. The performance styles range from gentle (nursery rhymes and tales for young children and their families) to lively family fun (GEORGE AND THE DRAGON and THE AMAZING MYSTO’S MAGIC SHOW.) Other shows include CIRCUS, THE PIED PIPER, CHICKEN AND PIGS AND BEARS…OH MY! and special shows for Halloween and Christmas. Their new PUNCH AND JUDY show is just the thing for outdoor festivals and performances for family audiences! DISCOVER SHADOW PUPPETRY!, a performance/workshop, is also new this year. Family audiences enjoy creating and performing with their own shadow puppets. , In 2019, Parasol Puppets was awarded a Citation of Excellence Award by UNIMA-USA that recognizes and reward the best of the puppetry arts in this country.
Eight foot square floor space, minimum ceiling height of 8 feet, electric outlet for our lighting and sound equipment.
Mesner Puppet Theater has been delighting audiences with their compelling and humorous storytelling performances for over 30 years. This award-winning puppet theater’s available touring performances include The Cat Came Back, The Adventures of Rabbit & Coyote, Ringo’s Sing Along Road Trip, and Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale. Mesner Puppet Theater creates and builds all its puppets in-house, reflecting a diverse and colorful array of puppet characters. Mesner Puppet Theater performs throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and tours around the United States and internationally. Mesner Puppet Theater offers a Puppets in Education program highlighting innovative classes and workshops throughout the year.
Elevated or non-elevated floor space 12'x 12' with a ceiling height of 10'.
Clement McCrae Puppet Shows – Performing memorable and unique puppet shows that create a sense of wonder and fun. A not-just-for-kids puppet show geared with both adults and children in mind. Presentation times run between 45 minutes to an hour depending on need. This includes a 30 minute show with an additional demonstration and participation for another 15 to 30 minutes. Our shows are perfect for company events, school assemblies, community festivals, private parties — all ages and all occasions. A professional marionette / puppet performing arts company with over 20 years of experience entertaining people with variety puppet shows that appeal to the whole family. We are continually credited at being able to hold the attention of all ages together in a single audience — something we are exceptionally proud of.
12' x 12' open area with ceiling clearance of 7 feet. Electricity: (3) 110 volt outlets within 50' of stage area.