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Puppet Shows, Workshops, & Much More — all available online!

Our Digital Summer Season continues with The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man live online from the Center’s Digital Learning Studio. We’re also offering you live, interactive online workshops including Stories of Color and a special online Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ where you can make your very own Gingerbread Man Shadow. On July 9th, we’re bringing back a special night of Henson Trivia with Jim Henson Legacy President, Craig Shemin.

Make sure to purchase your tickets at least one hour before the event so that we can send your Zoom link. Please support the Center by purchasing a ticket for everyone in your household who’ll be participating. This support allows us to continue to create and share all our programming with you.

We’re also counting the days until we reopen the Worlds of Puppetry Musem on July 10th!

We’ve missed you and can’t wait to welcome you back to our exhibits and we hope you continue to enjoy all of our online programs. New programming is in development, so follow us on social for the latest information.

You can find an archive of all of our FREE @Home videos on our Facebook page.

Puppet on, people!

Live Puppet Show – Online

The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man

July 1-12 @ 11am EDT
Ages 4 & Up

Run, run, run as fast as you can! You won’t want to miss this hilarious retelling of folktale favorites. Do you know the story of the Gingerbread Man? This must-see adaptation of the classic story follows the adventures of the Gingerbread Man when he discovers a magic wand.

You’ll love this fast-paced romp that combines Hansel and Gretel, Androcles and the Lion, and The Frog Prince. Three beloved fables in one hilarious adventure! Award-winning performer David Stephens has been delighting audiences for over twenty years.

Please support the Center by purchasing a ticket for everyone in your household who’ll be enjoying this presentation.  The total amount you choose to pay allows us to continue to create and share all our programming with you.

Available via Zoom

Tickets must be purchased at least one hour before the show.

$11 Nonmembers | $9 Members

David Stephens
Guest Artist-in-Residence
David Stephens
David Stephens has been creating puppet characters for over 20 years. As a performer, Stephens has toured the United States and Canada presenting one-man puppet shows, which he writes, directs, builds, produces and performs under the auspices of All Hands Productions. Several of his shows have received funding from The Jim Henson Foundation, which strives to promote the art of live puppet theater in America. Stephens was briefly a Muppet performer on “Sesame Street” and has worked for both Disney’s Muppets and The Jim Henson Company as a puppeteer. His work has been recognized by the Puppeteers of America and the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionette (UNIMA), the world’s oldest theatrical organization focused on puppetry.

LIVE INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS VIA ZOOM

Stories of Color

July 7 | July 21 @ 1pm EDT

Please join us on an adventure exploring folktales from Africa to West Virginia. Using music, song and movement. Our Teaching Artist Brian Harrison will lead participants in the retelling of various folktales such including John Henry, Abiyoyo, The First Music and Anansi the Spider.

Then sit back and watch Anansi and Sister Mud Turtle come to life in a shadow puppet show accompanied by Nigerian drumming and narration. You’ll finish your African experience by making your own very own Anansi puppet!​ 

Please support the Center by purchasing a ticket for everyone in your household who’ll be enjoying this presentation.  The total amount you choose to pay allows us to continue to create and share all our programming with you.

Available Via Zoom | Cost: $5

Tickets must be purchased at least one hour before the workshop.

Brian Harrison Headshot
Performer
Brian Harrison
Brian Harrison was previously seen in the Centers production of Click Clack Moo:Cows That Type and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Brian thanks all of the artists and art lovers that help make the magic happen. Enjoy the show!

Henson Trivia Night

Thurs, July 9, 7pm EDT

The Jim Henson Legacy President, Craig Shemin will be testing your Henson Fantasy and Muppet knowledge as you play along with him at home.

This game will be played for fun, so everyone will be a winner, especially when a special guest or two pops in to say hello!

See how much you really know about the iconic, prolific American Puppeteer Jim Henson!

Available via Zoom | Cost $5.00

Gingerbread Man Shadow Puppet

July 10 &12 @ 2pm EDT
Ages 4 & Up

To accompany our online puppet shows, the Center is offering online interactive Create-A-Puppet Workshops™. Each workshop is an opportunity to build a puppet inspired by a character in one of the shows.

The Gingerbread Shadow Puppet was created to accompany The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man.

Participants will become puppet makers and puppeteers as they create and decorate a puppet and learn the basics of puppetry.

Each participant will receive a PDF prior to the workshop (with puppet parts template sheet and detailed instructions) and gather the supplies from around home to make their own puppet masterpiece.

These workshops are engaging, fun, stand-alone activities for the whole family and do not require watching the online puppet shows in order to participate.

Please support the Center by purchasing a ticket for everyone in your household who’ll be enjoying this presentation.  The total amount you choose to pay allows us to continue to create and share all our programming with you.

Available via Zoom | Cost $8.00

Worlds of Puppetry Museum Reopens July 10

We are counting down the days until we reopen the Worlds of Puppetry Museum on July 10th. In order to welcome you back safely, we have added new procedures and precautions to ensure that you have a safe and happy visit.

To ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, the Center is following protocols that meet the highest standards for public safety as outlined by the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Our new protocols include the following:

  • Limited Capacity
  • Timed Ticketing (Pre-purchase required; Entry only valid for the time slot selected)
  • Ticketless Entry
  • Cashless Operations
  • Masks for all staff and guests over 2 years of age per CDC recommendation
  • Increased sanitizing of common areas, restrooms, and high touch surfaces.
  • Hand sanitizing stations easily accessible throughout the Center.
  • Frequent deep cleanings
  • Videos and signage to help you find your way and observe social distancing
  • Inaccessible interactive elements
  • Staff will not enter the building if they are feeling ill
  • Guests will also be requested to not attend if they are feeling ill and may change the date of their reservation by calling our ticket office at 404.873.3391 or e-mail tickets@puppet.org

During your visit you’ll be required to wear a mask. Please plan to bring one with you and wear it for the duration of your visit. Refunds will not be given if guests are turned away for non-compliance.

The Center’s 3rd Floor Education Spaces, Theaters, Museum Store, Harlequin Hall, Library, Vending Machines, and 1st and 3rd Floor Restrooms will remain closed at this time and are not accessible to patrons.

Exclusive Member-only Preview Days

July 8 & 9

The Museum features hundreds of puppets in two main galleries.

The Global Collection Gallery: Our Global Collection Gallery begins in North America and winds its way through Europe, Africa, and Asia. Learn the five main types of puppets; learn about some of the world’s most important puppetry traditions from Bunraku to Wayang Golek; see old friends from Mystery Science Theater 3000Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway, and more; and travel the globe in under an hour to see the similarities and differences in global puppetry traditions.

The Jim Henson Collection Gallery: Explore the imaginative mind of animator, inventor, film-maker, screenwriter, and puppeteer Jim Henson. Explore his legendary life, career, and legacy while viewing his iconic creations. This gallery features many Muppets including those created for Sesame StreetThe Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and beyond. The gallery also features creatures developed for films like The Dark CrystalLabyrinth, and more. The Center is home to the world’s largest collection of Jim Henson puppets, props, and costumes.

Masks are required for everyone visiting the Center.