Apr 2–May 26, 2019

Harold and the Purple Crayon


Center for Puppetry Arts

Based on the books by Crockett Johnson  

Adapted for the puppet stage by Jon Ludwig

All rights reserved by The Ruth Krauss Foundation, Inc., Stewart Edelstein, President.

Performance Dates

Apr 2–May 26, 2019

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Sensory-Friendly Programming


Ages 4+

Reduced-Price Previews April 2

A curious young boy has the power to create anything he can imagine, simply by drawing it with his oversized purple crayon. The Center for Puppetry Arts is thrilled to announce the world premiere our original adaptation of Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Based on the beloved book series by Crockett Johnson, this production combines the latest in projection technology with blacklight puppetry to enable Harold to create his world live on stage - in real time. From enchanted gardens to a circus and wild ride to the moon, see where Harold and his crayon can take you!

Learning Themes: Adventure, imagination, self-reliance, visual art

Puppetry Styles: Blacklight, Rod

Create-A-Puppet Workshop™: Purple Porcupine Rod Puppet

Mainstage Theater

With support from Ms. Cheryl Henson

Sensory-Friendly Programming

Sun, April 14, 2019

12-1pm: Museum exhibits
1pm: Performance
1:45-2:30pm: Create-A-Puppet Workshops

Guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.

Performance alterations include theater lights dimmed down but not out, consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and to leave their seat if necessary, a quiet zone in the lobby, and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. Create-A-Puppet Workshop classrooms will be brighter, quieter, and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs. This modified programming also extends to include our expanded Museum, where lighting will be adjusted and specialized educational activities (such as touch tables and guided storytelling) will be integrated.