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Upcoming Shows And Events

Tickets are $8 for children and $12 for adults. Children under 2 are free only with the purchase of another child's ticket. Members receive $2 off admission.

Adult-only puppet slams are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

All tickets are purchased at the theater but advanced family reservations may be made by calling 602-262-2050 ext. 4. School and group rates must make arrangements in advance. Most of our shows in the theater are just under an hour.

Previews for some of our shows are available on the Previews Page.

The Little Red Hen

Nov 13 - Dec 1, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
The Little Red Hen

Who will help the Little Red Hen with all the work it takes to get wheat made into bread? This sing-along show invites lots of audience participation and shares a valuable message about helping each other. Recommended for ages 2 - 8. *Please note, the theater will be closed on Thanksgiving day* Download the study guide here.

The Elves & The Shoemaker

Dec 4 - Dec 22, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
The Elves & The Shoemaker

Santa's elves come to help a poor shoemaker and his wife in this musical treat. Performed with large rod puppets on our biggest stage, this is a holiday experience for the whole family to enjoy! Best for ages 5 and up. Download the Study Guide here. *Sunday, December 15 is our Christmas Party! See special event below for details.*

Christmas Party

Dec 15, 2pm to approximately 4pm, Doors at 1:30pm.
Christmas Party

Celebrate the season at our annual Christmas Party! Enjoy a 2pm showing of "The Elves and the Shoemaker" followed by puppet making, holiday snacks, and a visit from Santa Claus! There will be a photographer so you can take your child's photo with Santa! Reservations are required - please call 602-262-2050. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Members receive $5 off. Doors open at 1:30pm.

The Princess, the Unicorn, and the Smelly-Foot Troll

Dec 26 - Jan 12, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
The Princess, the Unicorn, and the Smelly-Foot Troll

Our most popular original show is back! It's Princess Harriet's birthday and everyone is invited to join the party, except for the Smelly Foot Troll that is! What will happen when he feels left out of all the fun? This show is great for the whole family with plenty of singing, sparkles, and hilarity! Recommended for ages 3 and up. Download the Activity Guide here.

"New Year's" Puppet Slam (for adults)

Jan 3 - Jan 4, 8pm Fri and Sat Nights.
"New Year's" Puppet Slam (for adults)

Adult Puppet Slams are curated evenings full of short pieces by a variety of professional puppeteers. You may see funny, edgy, or strange perfromances throughout the night, but all will be within the "New Year's" theme. Special guest artists and a full list of performers will be announced about a month before the Slam!

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 day of the show. We highly recommend making reservations. Drinks are available for a suggested donation for those who are 21 and up.

Cinderella

Jan 15 - Feb 2, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Cinderella

This beautiful show has become a GAPT classic. Come see the magic of the girl, the prince, and the glass slipper! Lots of laughs, gorgeous puppets, and a little bit of magic make Cinderella an audience favorite. This show was awarded the UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence in Puppetry. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Download the Study Guide here. *Please note, Sunday, February 2 is a special event, Cinderella's Ball! See below for details.*

Cinderella's Ball

Feb 2, 2pm to approximately 4pm, Doors at 1:30pm.
Cinderella's Ball

You are invited to our most popular event of the year, Cinderella's Ball! Dress up like a princess or prince for this very special occasion! There will be a special showing of "Cinderella" followed by games, yummy snacks, puppet making activities, and some very special guests who will join us on the dance floor. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Members receive $5 off. Doors open at 1:30pm and the show begins at 2pm. Reservations are highly recommended as this event usually sells out. Please call 602-262-2050 to reserve space for your family.

Guest Artist: Grey Seal Puppets presents: "A Tangle of Tales"

Feb 5 - Feb 9, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Guest Artist: Grey Seal Puppets presents: "A Tangle of Tales"

Three favorite folks tales from around the world come to life with a touch of the familiar and a taste of the new. Using a variety of puppet styles, "The Frog Prince" from Germany, "Three Billy Goats Gruff" from Scandinavia and "The Three Little Pigs" from England are each told with refreshing wit and wisdom. In between each of the tales there's a whole menagerie of zany characters to see and enjoy. A skinny ant dances a lively jig; "block heads" learn how to get along; and the zaniest creatures of all, the "Wobblies", open the forty-five minute perfomance with an extraordinary ballet choreographed to Kablevsky's "The Comedian's Suite". Tangle of Tales is fun for everyone!

Brought to us by our good friends at https://www.greysealpuppets.com/on-stage.

"Love & Lust" Puppet Slam (for adults)

Feb 7 - Feb 8, 8pm Fri and Sat Nights.
"Love & Lust" Puppet Slam (for adults)

Adult Puppet Slams are curated evenings full of short pieces by a variety of professional puppeteers. You may see funny, wild, or romantic performances all in one night! You may see funny, edgy, or goofy perfromances throughout the night, but all will be within the "Love & Lust" theme. Special guest artists and a full list of performers will be announced about a month before the Slam!

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 day of the show. We highly recommend making reservations. Puppet Slams are for adults 18 and over only. Drinks are available for a suggested donation for those who are 21 and up.

Hotel Saguaro

Feb 12 - Mar 1, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Hotel Saguaro

Grandpa Saguaro tells little Sammy Saguaro the importance of the saguaro cactus in the desert and to the many animals that live there too. This award-winning show was originally created with The Desert Botanical Garden. Recommended for ages 5 - 12. Download study guide here.

Grand Canyon Condor

Mar 4 - Mar 15, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Grand Canyon Condor

Baby Boo loves to hear stories of condors just like him who lived over 10,000 years ago in the Grand Canyon. When his father goes missing, Boo learns of the dangers facing condors today and what people can do to help this highly endangered species. Developed with the help of the Grand Canyon Interpretive Department, Arizona Game & Fish, the Peregrine Fund, and Puppeteers of America. Best for ages 5 and up. Download the study guide here.

Japan Week Celebration

Mar 18 - Mar 22, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Japan Week Celebration

Performers from the Internationally renowned Japanese troupe, Yumemi Trunk, visit us in collaboration with the Japenese Friendship Garden to present their magical version of "Urashimo Taro," a popular Jpaenese folk tale that speaks to all ages. Please note, there will be a special evening performance on Friday, March 20 at 7pm for ages 12 and up. Tickets for the evening show are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Jack Rabbit & The Easter Basket

Mar 25 - Apr 12, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Jack Rabbit & The Easter Basket

Lost Canyon, Arizona is too far away for the Easter Bunny, so he gets his cousin, Jack Rabbit to help deliver Sally Johnson's Easter basket. But it's awful far and kind of dangerous! This charming musical is played with large rod puppets on the big stage! Recommended for ages 3 and up.

"Birds & the Bees" Puppet Slam (for adults)

Apr 3 - Apr 4, 8pm Fri and Sat Nights.
"Birds & the Bees" Puppet Slam (for adults)

Adult Puppet Slams are curated evenings full of short pieces by a variety of professional puppeteers. You may see funny, edgy, or strange perfromances throughout the night, but all will be within the "Birds and the Bees" theme. Special guest artists and a full list of performers will be announced about a month before the Slam!

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 day of the show. We highly recommend making reservations. Drinks are available for a suggested donation for those who are 21 and up.

Two Bad Mice

Apr 15 - Apr 26, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Two Bad Mice

Two Bad Mice make big trouble -- and a big mess! -- in a dollhouse when a little girl and her dolls go out to play. Full of laughs, this show is based on the classic story by Beatrix Potter. Performed with a life-size doll house and cute hand puppets, this charming show is best for ages 3 and up. Sunday, April 26 is our Members Only Party - see below for details.

Members Party

Apr 26, 2pm to approximately 4pm, Doors at 1:30pm.
Members Party

Our Members Only party includes a special performance of "Two Bad Mice" as well as games, puppet crafts, snacks, and special guests! This party is FREE for members and their families and exclusive to members only. See our Membership Page for information on how to join us!

Guest Artist Mesner Puppet Theater presents: "Old Mother Hubbard & Her Dog"

Apr 29 - May 3, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Guest Artist Mesner Puppet Theater presents: "Old Mother Hubbard & Her Dog"

Mesner Puppet Theater presents the story of Old Mother Hubbard and her beloved dog, based on the well-known children's poem. Mother Hubbard does her best to provide her dog with all the canine comforts he could ever want. The dog proves to have a very active imagination, for every time Hubbard leaves the room, the dog sets off on a variety of adventures! He imagines himself as a crooning rockstar, a cowboy in the wild west, and even as Luke Dogwalker from Star Wars!

A Timey Wimey Puppet Show by Mike Horner

May 1 - May 2, 7pm Fri and Sat Nights.
A Timey Wimey Puppet Show by Mike Horner

A Timey Wimey Puppet show presents "Daleks and Doctors and Oods...Oh My" by Mike Horner! The world's only Punch and Judy inspired Doctor Who parody show!

Peter Pan: To Neverland

May 6 - May 31, Wed-Fri at 10am only
Sat 10am & 2pm, Sun 2pm.
Peter Pan: To Neverland

The incredible 3-part marionette spectacular begins this May and continues throughout the summer! Don't miss your chance to meet Wendy, Michael, John, and, of course, Peter, the famous boy who wouldn't grow up. This trilogy is closely based on J.M. Barrie's classic story and is told with large marionettes and shadow puppets. Best for ages 4 and up.

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