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Celebrating our 23rd Season!

Welcome!

Thistle Theatre is pleased to present another year of affordable, professional puppet theatre for families and schools at three locations in the Puget Sound area. We have simplified our ticket structure to include one price for all, which makes transferring tickets easier than ever particularly when it comes to the unpredictability of life these days. Purchasing a season ticket gives you one show for free, which is a savings of $10. A season ticket is flexible to use at any of one of our three locations and at the time of your choice.

Thistle Theatre specializes in a tabletop style of Japanese puppetry called Bunraku. Puppeteers, dressed in black, operate the handcrafted puppets from behind for realistic movement. Thistle Theatre serves as a training ground for puppeteers/actors, designers, puppet builders, songwriters and playwrights. The puppets, props and scenery are designed and created by Thistle Theatre artists. Our productions are carefully crafted to have layers of action and language to please audiences of all ages.

We celebrate 23 years of triumphs consisting of performing Scheherazade with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999 with eight puppeteers and touring with three symphonies in the Pacific Northwest made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thistle Theatre has performed at two National Festivals, Seattle in 1999 and Atlanta in 2012, and has received a Seed Grant from The Jim Henson “Frog Lake” (performed with an orchestra), and three Family Grants for “Two Bad Mice”, “King of Dinosauria” and debuting this season, “The Funny Woman Who Lost Dumpling”. Thistle Theatre has been a guest company for three seasons at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, the largest puppet center in the USA.


Main Stage Productions

This season's featured productions are approximately 45 minutes. Please allow time to visit with puppets and puppeteers after the show.

We recommend this season’s shows for 3+ to 103! Our shows are not recommended for toddlers and we charge admission for all children except for babies in arms. Please remind your child’s school about our weekday school shows and workshops. There is a discounted school price and are booked by reservation only, no walk-up.

Other services

  • Celebrate birthdays at one of our performances or enjoy one of our birthday shows in your home.
  • Small show classroom visits
  • Workshops for children, adult and teachers


Please donate

We invite you to add a donation to your ticket order this season to support our effort to bring quality puppet theatre to children and families in need. Through Thistle Theatre's Children's Ticket Subsidy Fund we are able to give discounted tickets to low-income children and families at all three of our locations.

We sincerely thank 4Culture - King County Lodging Tax and our generous individual donors for their support.

On behalf of the Thistle Theatre Board, artists and puppeteers, we look forward to seeing you at a magical season of puppet theatre.

Jean Enticknap - Artistic Director

 

 

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2015 -2016 Season

Jack & The Beanstalk Merry Chris Mouse The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling Brother Coyote and Sister Fox
Jack & The Beanstalk Merry Chris Mouse The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling Brother Coyote and Sister Fox

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Attention Teachers!
Tickets $7 per child/chaperone - teacher free!

Book 2 shows for  $6.00 per person per show
Book 3 or 4 shows  $5.00 per person per show


Jack & The Beanstalk


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Jack & The Beanstalk

 

Great Britain
Based on an old English version of the story, Jack trades the family cow for five colored beans. An amazing adventure ensues when Jack climbs to the top of the beanstalk and becomes a slave to the cyclops wife of the fee-fi-fo-fum giant. A golden hen, a magic singing harp, a green fairy, and a fool add to the musical merriment.

Family Show Times:
TICKETS: $10

BYT Ivanhoe Theater:
16661 Northup Way
Bellevue, WA 98008
Oct. 10, 11  at 2:00pm & 4:00pm

Magnuson Park Theatre:
Theatre Building #47
7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115
Oct. 17, 18 at 1:00pm & 3:00pm

Sunset Hill:
Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle
Oct. 24, 25 at 1:00pm & 3:00pm


School Show Times:
TICKETS: Students and Chaperones: $7.00; Teachers: FREE

No walk ups, reservations only as some shows do not book.

BYT Ivanhoe Theater:
16661 Northup Way
Bellevue, WA 98008
Oct. 7 at 10:30 only
Oct. 8, 9 at 10:30am and 12:30pm

Magnuson Park Theatre:
Theatre Building #47
7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115
Oct. 14, 15, 16 at 10:30am & 12:30pm

Sunset Hill:
Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle
Oct. 21 & 23 at 10:30am & 12:30pm


Let Thistle Theatre star at your Fundraiser!
Bring the Thistle Theatre production to your school, community center, auction or fundraiser at a discounted price. We will provide the production at a flat fee and all you have to do is sell tickets to your event! Combine with an auction, family fun night, spaghetti feed, ice cream social or simple bake sale.


We can give your child a Birthday he or she will not soon forget!


"Mrs. Periwinkle and Possum"

Mrs. Periwinkle takes the children on an adventure featuring Possum, King Froggy Wartingham III, and a Wishing Well. Soft, charming puppets and a craft activity (childen make a paper dragonfly puppet) create a memorable birthday party. Click here for more information.

Ages 3 and up

 



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