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Puppet Theaters

Published on: March 09, 2007

Even the smallest of kids connect to puppet shows, and the Seattle area
is lucky to have two companies that perform regularly all over the
region.

The Northwest Puppet Center
(see related story, this issue) performs at local festivals as well as
at its North Seattle theater. Its new season begins in October with
Paul Mesner Puppets' rod marionette Strega Nona (October 8-24),
followed by Q'we-Ti: Tales of the Makah Tribe (November 5-21). After
its holiday show Babar & Father Christmas (November 26-December
19), the season continues with a world premiere of Madeline & The
Gypsies (January 21-February 13), the sci-fi tale Mrs. Twig & the
Stupid Machine (February 25-March 13) and a colorful Thumbelina by
Oregon Shadow Theatre (April 1-17). $7.50-$9.50. 206-523-2579; www.nwpuppet.org

Thistle Theatre
takes its Bunraku puppets (a Japanese puppet style in which puppeteers,
dressed all in black, operate puppets from behind) and live music to
KidsQuest Children's Museum in Bellevue, the Burien Community Center,
and Sand Point Magnuson Park and Sunset Hill Community Club in Seattle.
This year's offerings include a modern twist on the kids' staple
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (October 9-31), Merry Chris Mouse
(November 27-December 19), Japanese classic The Magic Tea-Kettle
(February 4-March 6) and a story about a Russian witch, Baba Yaga and
the Bag of Gold (April 2-May 1). $7-$9. 206-524-3388; www.thistletheatre.org

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