The Puppet Co.

The Puppet Co. was established to create puppet theater, especially for children and family audiences, as a synthesis of the visual and performing arts; through interpretive programs including classes, demonstrations, and exhibits, to inform and excite the public about the potential of puppetry; to develop collections to archive puppetry; and to establish facilities to house those programs and performances. View more information on their Member Feature Page.


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Winter Lottery

Programs offered between January and March will be available for registration in the Winter Littery, beginning on Monday, December 2nd.

Rapunzel 
Presented by: The Puppet Co.
In this “bewitching” one-woman version of Grimm’s fairytale, performed by Liz Dapo, Witch Wartsmith wants a baby.  After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince.  This Puppet Co. production uses “coloring-book” charm and the simplicity of hand puppets to delight its younger audiences.
Location: The Puppet Co. Playhouse at Glen Echo Park (Follow the signs for the Clara Barton National Historic Site,
Main Parking Lot Address: 5801 Oxford Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812.)
Content Area: English/ Literature, Arts, Puppetry
Dates: 1/24/20, 1/31/20, 2/14/20
Time: 10:45 
Duration: 40 Min. 
Grades: PreK - 3rd Grade
Ticket capacity: 50 per date

for Rapunzel

 

Beauty and the Beast
Presented by: The Puppet Co.
This romantic tale of the handsome prince and his love, Beauty, is set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Winner of a Citation of Excellence from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionette, Beauty and the Beast has played successfully to children and families nationwide. “Beauty and the Beast” tells the timeless story of a beastly prince who learns to live outside himself and discovers courage, companionship, trust, and love in the heart of a merchant's daughter. The grandeur of Czarist Russia provides the inspiration for both the scenery and the elegant half life-size marionettes.
Date: 2/28/20, 3/5/20, 3/13/20, 3/19/20 
Time: 10:45 AM
Length of Event: 40 minutes
Location: The Puppet Co. Playhouse at Glen Echo Park (Follow the signs for the Clara Barton National Historic Site,
Main Parking Lot Address: 5801 Oxford Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812.)
Content Area: 
English/Literature, Arts, Puppetry
Grades: K-6
Ticket capacity: 50 per date

for Beauty and the Beast

 


Fall Lottery

Len Piper's Pinocchio
Presented by: The Puppet Co.
This life-size marionette version of Carlo Collodi’s classic children’s tale, created in the 1960s by the father of the Puppet Co.’s co-founder, Christopher Piper, has been completely refurbished and adapted for the Puppet Co. stage. Originally performed in Hollywood and Hawaii, critics have hailed the production as “A Masterpiece!” and raved, “The underwater ballet alone is worth the price of admission!”
Date: 10/18/19, 10/31/19, 11/1/19, 11/22/19
Time: 10:45AM

Length of Event: 45 minutes
Location: The Puppet Co. Playhouse at Glen Echo Park (Follow the signs for the Clara Barton National Historic Site,
Main Parking Lot Address: 5801 Oxford Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812.)

Content Area: English/Literature, Arts, Puppetry
Grades: K-6
Ticket capacity: 50 per date

for "Len Piper's Pinocchio"

 

The Nutcracker
Presented by: The Puppet Co.
“The Nutcracker” is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet blends with marionettes and costumed characters to create this unique production. 2019 is the 31st Anniversary of this wildly popular holiday tradition. Don't miss it!
Date: 12/5/19, 12/6/19, 12/16/19, 12/20/19
Time: 10:45AM, 11:15AM
Length of Event: 50 minutes
Location: The Puppet Co. Playhouse at Glen Echo Park (Follow the signs for the Clara Barton National Historic Site,
Main Parking Lot Address: 5801 Oxford Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812.)
Content Area: English/Literature, Arts, Puppetry

Grades: K-6
Ticket capacity: 50 per date

for "The Nutcracker"

 


Spring Lottery

Programs offered between April and June will be available for registration in the Spring Lottery, beginning Monday, March 2nd.

Hansel and Gretel 
Presented by: The Puppet Co.
A marionette adaptation of Humperdink's children's opera, is full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. The puppets, the lights, music and effects, are all operated by Christopher Piper, who also performs all the live vocal characterizations, including a singing Gretel.  The production, an excellent introduction to musical storytelling for children, has long been a favorite fairytale of children and their parents.
Date: 4/3/20, 4/23/20, 4/30/20 
Time: 10:45 AM
Length of Event: 40 minutes
Location: The Puppet Co. Playhouse at Glen Echo Park (Follow the signs for the Clara Barton National Historic Site,
Main Parking Lot Address: 5801 Oxford Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812.)
Content Area: 
English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts, Diversity, Puppetry
Grades: PreK- 3rd
Ticket capacity: 50 per date

for Hansel and Gretel

Peter and the Wolf 
Presented by: The Puppet Co.
Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.’s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev’s popular tale of good versus evil, performed by Puppet Master Christopher Piper.  An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra, and to the themes in the work, precedes the story of Peter and his animal friends, and their attempts to capture wily “Old Lupus.”Date: 6/5/20, 6/11/20, 6/19/20 
Time: 10:45 AM
Length of Event: 40 minutes
Dates: 6/5/2020, 6/11/2020, 6/19/2020 
Location: The Puppet Co. Playhouse at Glen Echo Park (Follow the signs for the Clara Barton National Historic Site,
Main Parking Lot Address: 5801 Oxford Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812.)
Content Area: 
English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts, Diversity, Puppetry
Grades: PreK- 3rd
Ticket capacity: 50 per date

for Peter and the Wolf 

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