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Welcome to the 2019 -2020 Season!

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 $11. A season ticket is flexible to use at any 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 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

 

2019- 2020 Season

October 2019

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red sets off to Grandmutter’s house with a basket of goodies and along the way meets a feisty squirrel, a sweet rabbit family and a wolf in sheep’s clothing!

December 2019

Celebrations of Light

From around the world, traditional festivals of light are celebrated with puppets, songs, stories, and dance. The show includes an original story about Pepito, a lonely cactus and a star named Estrella.

March 2020

Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling

Funny Woman grabs her umbrella and leaps after a rice dumpling that bounces down into another world.  To save herself, the Funny Woman uses humor and her wits to adapt to changing situations.

May-June 2020

Brother Coyote and Sister Fox

In this delightful and hilarious adaptation of a Mexican folktale…Brother Coyote wants one thing and one thing only, to catch and eat one of Doña Conchita’s plump chickens.

2019-2020 Season Brochure

Download our complete Thistle Theatre season brochure that has all of the schedules, times, and locations. Our Family Brochure and School Brochure each provide specific details for those venues and performances.

Tell a friend about us! Print out the brochure to post in your home, workplace, coffee shop or community bulletin board.

Family Performance Brochure

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School Performance Brochure

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About Thistle Theatre

For The Young & Young At Heart

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.

45 minutes

Thistle Theatre productions are approximately 45 minutes. Please allow time to visit with puppets and puppeteers after the show. We have three locations with free parking at each location.

Tabletop Bunraku

We specialize in Tabletop Bunraku , a variation of the ancient Japanese style of puppetry. The puppeteers are dressed head-to-toe in black and operate the puppets from behind. Good storytelling, realistic movement and excellent manipulation are the hallmarks of Thistle Theatre productions.

Special Events

Celebrate birthdays at one of our performances or enjoy one of our birthday shows in your home. We offer small show classroom visits and workshops for children, adults and teachers.

Homeshool Families

Homeschool families can enjoy considerable ticket savings by attending daytime school shows for the price of $8 per person. (Regular weekend family ticket prices are $11). Reservations are by telephone only to insure ticket availability.

Homeschool groups can receive one free teacher ticket for every 18 homeschool tickets booked for any single performance booked by the group. Single family homeschool groups are welcome to attend with reservations. No walk ups.

Your Support is Needed

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 the 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.

About Thistle Theatre

For The Young & Young At Heart

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.

45 minutes

Thistle Theatre productions are approximately 45 minutes. Please allow time to visit with puppets and puppeteers after the show. We have three locations with free parking at each location.

Homeshool Families

Homeschool families can enjoy considerable ticket savings by attending daytime school shows for the price of $8 per person. (Regular weekend family ticket prices are $11). Reservations are by telephone only to insure ticket availability.

Homeschool groups can receive one free teacher ticket for every 18 home school tickets booked for any single performance booked by the group. Single family homeschool groups are welcome to attend with reservations. No walk ups.

Tabletop Bunraku

We specialize in Tabletop Bunraku , a variation of the ancient Japanese style of puppetry. The puppeteers are dressed head-to-toe in black and operate the puppets from behind. Good storytelling, realistic movement and excellent manipulation are the hallmarks of Thistle Theatre productions.

Special Events

Celebrate birthdays at one of our performances or enjoy one of our birthday shows in your home. We offer small show classroom visits and workshops for children, adults and teachers.

Your Support is Needed

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 the 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.

Bunraku

Bunraku (文楽), also known as Ningyō jōruri (人形浄瑠璃), is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre, founded in Osaka at the beginning of 17th century. Three kinds of performers take part in a bunraku performance: the Ningyōtsukai or Ningyōzukai (puppeteers), the Tayū (chanters), and shamisen musicians. Thistle Theatre specializes in Tabletop Bunraku. Puppeteers, dressed in black, operate the handcrafted puppets from behind for realistic movement.

Here you can see our puppeteers rehearsing.

Bunraku

Bunraku (文楽), also known as Ningyō jōruri (人形浄瑠璃), is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre, founded in Osaka at the beginning of 17th century. Three kinds of performers take part in a bunraku performance: the Ningyōtsukai or Ningyōzukai (puppeteers), the Tayū (chanters), and shamisen musicians. Thistle Theatre specializes in Tabletop Bunraku. Puppeteers, dressed in black, operate the handcrafted puppets from behind for realistic movement.

Here you can see our puppeteers rehearsing.

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