Current Shows

The Three Little Pigs

Mama Pig has had quite enough of cleaning up after her fully grown little pigs! She sends them off with affection and money to make their way in the world. Which little pig will build a house that can withstand the powerful puffs of the Big Bad Wolf—surfer Georgie, farmer Jeremiah or Amelia, the avid reader? Children share their favorite sports, veggies and books with the puppets.

Just when you thought you knew all the versions of The Three Little Pigs, Maggie has surprised us with a new version of our beloved classic!
— Michelle Connelly, Morse School, Cambridge, MA

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The Emperor's New Clothes

In the Magpie Puppets version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, the Emperor has closed all the stores--he's using them to store his clothes! He has even closed the school, filling the children's desks with his jewelry. Greta and Rebecca, two brave tailors, outwit the vain Emperor to save their country from ruin. The audience helps them convince the Emperor's assistant that the invisible clothes exist. As reporters, they grill the Emperor at the Royal Press Conference.

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(full show is 30 minutes long)

 

You kept a large, rambunctious group of youngsters spellbound. The real magic was the way that you catapulted them from boisterous response to hushed silence.
— Wendy Clark, Shelter Island, NY, Union Free School District

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

We all know the story... Goldilocks stumbles upon an empty house, gobbles up porridge, breaks a chair, and takes a snooze. She's awakened by three bears and runs home to her mother. In the Magpie Puppets version, her mother is horrified — not by the bears, but by her daughter's poor manners! She sends Goldilocks back to apologize, bearing blueberry pancakes and a promise of chair repair. In a departure for Magpie Puppets, this is a tabletop show, with puppeteer Maggie Whalen fully visible. Audience members do aerobics with Mama Bear and help the bears with household chores. Geared to children ages 3-7.

With original music by Alison Reid Plante, Maggie Whalen, and Larry Bush.

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(full show is 30 minutes long)

 

The show was wonderful! One of my students spent free play drawing, cutting, and pasting together the characters. Then she put on a puppet show of her own!
— Therese Bellino, Cambridge Public Schools, MA

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Leopard Learns a Lesson

This anti-bullying story was inspired by an African tale from Malawi. Leopard is always bullying and frightening smaller animals until Rabbit turns the tables on her -- with the help of her son and the jungle's two largest beasts, Elephant and Rhinoceros. The audience learns, along with Leopard, that cooperation works better than intimidation.

With original music by Alison Reid Plante.

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(full show is 30 minutes long)

 

It was hard to believe there was only one person behind the puppet stage! The students were mesmerized, and the story reinforced our anti-bullying curriculum.
— Joan Eisenberg, Milton Academy Lower School Librarian, Milton, MA

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Eeyore's Birthday

Based on A.A. Milne's beloved Winnie-the-Pooh story, this show features Chris Robin, a little girl with a big imagination whose stuffed toys come to life; Pooh Bear, a friendly, philosophical she-bear with a poor memory and a big appetite; Piglet, a squeaky creature who wants to be part of everything; and Eeyore the grumpy donkey, who feels neglected on his birthday. The children help the absentminded Pooh by recalling their own birthdays and suggesting gifts for Eeyore. They also warm Eeyore's heart by singing "Happy Birthday."

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(full show is 30 minutes long)

 

Thoroughly engaging and full of humor. The children loved it.
— Daryl L. Mark, Cambridge Public Library, MA

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Moccasin Stew

 

Adapted from a Southwest Native American folktale, Moccasin Stew is the story of Coyote, who is always outwitted by the creatures he wants to eat. The cast includes Hank, the rabbit chef; a Bluefish who sings the blues; a tricky Magic Fish; and a clever Quail who fools Coyote time and time again. The audience changes the scenery with a magic chant, assists Hank in his gourmet cooking, and helps Quail make key decisions. Moccasin Stew teaches lessons in forgiveness and resourcefulness.

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(full show is 30 minutes long)

 

Moccasin Stew was just right for our youngish audience—even the toddlers were mesmerized! Happily, the older children and adults were enjoying it as well—it's the perfect show for a wide range of ages, with lots of humor and trickery!
— Jane Flanders, Children's Librarian, Lincoln Public Library, MA

 

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