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Review: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at The Puppet Co.

The fairytale of Sleeping Beauty is a beloved classic, and what better way to tell the ancient story then through the timeless art of puppetry? The Puppet Co. Playhouse in Glen Echo Park is well-known for their original adaptations and hand-crafted puppets. Their current production of Sleeping Beauty stays true to the tale, while adding […]

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DinoRock Productions Inc.’s ‘Dinosaur Desperados’ at The Puppet Co.

DinoRock Productions Inc. celebrates their 15th guest appearance at The Puppet Company with Dinosaur Desperados, a fun-filled show where the old west meets the old world. “Dino wranglers” Michele Valeri, Ingrid Crepeau, and Steve Little use songs, stories, and creative puppetry to introduce the young audience (and their parents!) to a variety of lesser-known dinosaur […]

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‘Cinderella’ at The Puppet Co.

The Puppet Co. presents Cinderella, arguably the world’s most beloved fairy tale, with over thirteen hundred different versions of this story spread over countries and cultures. One thing about The Puppet Company that I have always loved is their affinity for the older, lesser-known versions of our childhood favorites, and such is the case with […]

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‘Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp’ at The Puppet Co.

The Puppet Co. presents a gorgeously delivered production of Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, written by Vera C. Hughes and Allan Stevens and inspired by its original version in One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. Elizabeth Dapo and Joshua Aaron Rosenblum perform alongside Christopher Piper, who is also in charge of Direction, Lighting, and Video […]

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‘Circus!’ at The Puppet Company

Juggling bears, flying trapezes, and tightropes! The Puppet Co. presents Circus!, a spectacle of tricks and feats led by a band of marionettes, beautifully crafted by the talented Len and Pat Piper, Christopher and Mayfield Piper, and Allan Stevens. Set Designers Allan Stevens and Mayfield Piper frame the stage with a red and white striped […]

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‘The Nutcracker’ at The Puppet Co.

I have seen and reviewed The Puppet Co.’s production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker several times, and each time I see it I fall in love with it even more. Two years ago I wrote a review that described my feelings and adoration for The Puppet Co.’s The Nutcracker, so I have asked my editor to […]

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‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ at The Puppet Co.

The Puppet Co. presents The Three Billy Goats Gruff, a classic children’s tale brought to life with impressive marionettes, written by Len, Pat and Christopher Piper and directed by Allan Stevens. Performer Christopher Piper is interactive with the kids from the second he steps onstage. Asking for a louder “good morning” from the children, he […]

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‘The Wizard of Oz’ at The Puppet Co.

Back by popular demand, The Puppet Co. presents The Wizard of Oz, adapted from Frank Oz’s beloved tale with a script and puppets by Christopher Piper, and directed by Allan Stevens. Set and Costume Designer Allan Stevens uses shades of grey in both the set and period costumes for the 1900 Kansas State Fair. A […]

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‘Pinocchio’ at The Puppet Co.

The Puppet Co. presents Pinocchio, the classic story of a wooden puppet’s adventurous quest to become a real, live boy! Directed by Allan Stevens, this production is adapted from Carlo Collodi’s Book by Vera C. Hughes, and is recommended to be enjoyed by children ages five and up. The action takes place in front of […]

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‘Hansel and Gretel’ at The Puppet Co.

The Puppet Co. presents a kinder version of the childhood classic Hansel and Gretel. Inspired by Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic version Hänsel und Gretel, instead of the wider-known version by the Brothers Grimm, and adapted for puppetry by Len, Pat, and Christopher Piper, this production trades out the murderous stepmother for a gentler one, and includes an array of […]

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‘Tales of Beatrix Potter’ at The Puppet Co. By Julia L. Exline

The Puppet Co. Playhouse presents Tales of Beatrix Potter, a trio of classic stories by Beatrix Potter, performed by Applause Unlimited’s Christopher Hudert. Director, Puppet Master, and Set Designer Terry Snyder uses a multi-leveled raised platform as a base for the stories. It shows the interior of a old-fashioned nursery, detailed with shelved toys, lacy […]

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‘The Nutcracker’ at The Puppet Company by Julia L. Exline

The Puppet Co. presents Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, a holiday classic beautifully re-imagined through puppetry. The multi-talented Christopher Piper, who holds the titles of performer, puppetmaster, and mask and puppet designer, also directs this visual stunner. The original staging, music arrangement, and design concepts  are credited to Allan Stevens. The colorful set is decorated […]

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‘Peter and the Wolf’ at The Puppet Co. by Julia L. Exline

The Puppet Company Playhouse presents Sergei Prokofiev’s musical adventure, Peter and the Wolf, a classic Russian composition. This story has been told many different ways throughout the years, with every medium having one binding factor – music. Looking for this answer, performer and puppeteer Christopher Piper asked the young audience, “If you’re going to tell […]

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‘Government Shutdown Leaves Puppets Hanging at The Puppet Co.’ by Christopher Piper

Government Shutdown Leaves Puppets Hanging It’s not just federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown, but also those strung and unstrung heroes at the Puppet Co., in Glen Echo Park. A National Historic Site, Glen Echo Park has been barricaded to all visitors and personnel, including artists and private employees of non-profit organizations contracted […]

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Drew Allison and the Grey Seal Puppets in 'Bathtub Pirates.' Photo courtesy of The Puppet Co.

‘Bathtub Pirates’ at The Puppet Co. by Julia L. Exline

This summer, The Puppet Co. plays host to guest artists Grey Seal Puppets, who present their own Bathtub Pirates, a show about bubbly playtime! This original and relatable story, created by Drew Allison and Donald Devet, has won one of the highest honors in puppetry, the UNIMA Citation for Excellence. Solo performer Drew Allison enters […]

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Olney Theatre Center Announces NNPN Premiere of ‘Rancho Mirage’ & ‘The King and I’ by Laura Asendio

Olney Theatre Center Announces NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Rancho Mirage and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Classic Musical The King and I for their 75th Anniversary Season by Laura Asendio. Olney Theatre Center announces two programming changes to the 75th Anniversary Season. This fall, Olney Theatre Center will kick off the National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere of Steven Dietz’s Rancho Mirage. Following Rancho […]

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