Jan 22–Mar 10, 2019

Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show


Center for Puppetry Arts

Adapted by Jon Ludwig  

Performance Dates

Jan 22–Mar 10, 2019

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Sensory-Friendly Programming


Ages 4+

Reduced-Price Previews Jan 22 & 23 

This historical hoedown honors Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Pecos Bill, and Hekeke of the Miwok tribe with tales taller than a ten-gallon hat.

Learning Themes: American history, folklore, Native American stories

Puppetry Styles: Body, Hand and Rod, Rod, Shadow

Create-A-Puppet Workshop™: Babe the Blue Ox Hand Puppet

Mainstage Theater


Sensory-Friendly Programming

Sun, Feb 3, 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.