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Dream Tale Puppets on December 2!

“Rumpelstiltskin” opens this winter’s Puppets at Arlington Center for the Arts.

Sunday, December 2 at 2 p.m.
Dream Tale Puppets spins a lively tale of gold and guessing games with rod puppets and playful antics. Puppeteers Jacek Zuzanski and Norina Reif bring a wealth of experience with theater and with children to their performance. Learn more about them at Dream Tale Puppets.

Arlington Center for the Arts theater

41 Foster Street
Arlington, MA 

Please stay for coffee and puppet-play after the show.
Tickets are $6, available at the door.
To reserve tickets: E-mail Margaret at [email protected], or call her at 781-643-1228, by November 30th. She can hold up to 20 tickets.

More wonderful shows this winter:
January 12: “Trolls in the Kitchen” from Galapagos Puppets.
February 9: “Monkey Wreaks Havoc in Heaven,” Galapagos Puppets.
March 9: “Badger Meets the Fairies,” Galapagos Puppets.
AND April 6: “The Kingdom of Riddles” with Sparky’s Puppets!

Getting ready for the Puppet Homecoming

Puppeteers from North Carolina to Maine will gather at the Puppet Homecoming in Rhinebeck, New York from September 7 to 9. I’m looking forward to shows by Deborah Costine and Nappy’s Puppets, and more. See Puppet Homecoming if you’d like to know more.

I’ll lead a workshop on Chinese hand puppet techniques on Sunday morning, September 9th. Monkey King (photo above) will be there, along with clown, lady, and scholar puppets. In the workshop, I’ll show the basic movements and let people try them out. That’s why I have lots of canvas bits and paper clay heads in my studio. I’m making puppets for people to learn with, that aren’t used in my shows.

Moon Stories, Summer 2012

There was a man lived in the moon, lived in the moon . . . and his name was Achin’ Drum.

Join Margaret Moody for stories and songs about the moon, told with simple shadows. Wish the moon a happy birthday and bid it goodnight as we enjoy stories from Frank Asch and Margaret Wise Brown, among others.

Children 3 to 6 and their families will especially enjoy this gentle program, which lasts 35 minutes.

“The Trolls and the Tree”, March 3rd at Arlington Center for the Arts

Trolls Skimpa and Blompa want to take good care of the fairies’ garden while the fairies are away. But it’s hard to fit their television, toaster and furniture without moving the big tree. Can the trolls learn to go green?
Please join Margaret for a lively show at Arlington Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 3rd at 2 pm. It’s the last show in this year’s Puppets at ACA series. We hope you’ll stay for puppet-making, puppet-play, and coffee afterwards.
Tickets are $5 at the door. I can take reservations via e-mail to [email protected]

“Cow and Mouse” and “Mathilda’s Bath” at ACA

Please join me for the February show of “Puppets at Arlington Center for the Arts”.  I’ll perform two short shows especially for children ages 3 and up.

In “Cow and Mouse’s Picnic”, two friends enjoy lunch together, but can’t stand to share dessert.
“Mathilda’s Bath” is an adaptation of the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle story about the girl who doesn’t like to take baths — “The Radish Cure”.  It was my favorite Mrs. Piggle Wiggle story growing up.
As always, please stay after the show to talk, play with puppets, and have some coffee or tea.

“Cow and Mouse’s Picnic” and “Mathilda’s Bath”
Saturday, February 4, 2 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts theater
Tickets $5, at the door, or e-mail [email protected]

Welcoming the Year of the Dragon

Eric Bornstein of Behind the Mask Theater and I are having a lot of fun working on a show together. We will be at the Peabody Museum on January 21st at 2pm. Hope you have a chance to take a look at the videos the folks at the Peabody put together:
Laughing Buddha (Eric Bornstein)
Monkey King (Margaret Moody)
The Peabody calendar is at
I’ll be at the Puppet Showplace in Brookline Village on Wednesday and Thursday morning, January 18 and 19, at 10:30 am. For more about the theater, which produces all kinds of interesting puppet shows:
 — Margaret

Trolls in the Kitchen, January 7th

Our Arlington Center for the Arts puppet series continues on January 7th at 2 pm with “Trolls in the Kitchen”, a Swedish tale. When the helpful tomte in Trinka’s kitchen move out, raucous trolls move in. Please join us for the show, and stay for coffee and puppet-play afterwards. Tickets $5 at the door or by e-mailing me at [email protected]

Thanks to all who came out for Maggie Whalen’s charming performance of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears on Decembe 10th.

Goldilocks opens the Arlington series. . . and the bears’ house

The porridge is too hot, so the bears go for a walk. Plucky Goldilocks walks right into their house, forgetting her manners altogether.

Please join Maggie Whalen of Magpie Puppets as she opens a lovely and lively new version of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” She’ll perform it as a “tabletop” show, so that she is on-stage with her hand-made puppets. Maggie’s website tells more:
The show will be on Saturday, December 10th at 2 pm, the first in the Arlington Center for the Arts series this winter. Tickets are $5, and I can hold a limited number if you e-mail [email protected] before Friday, December 9th. Please come for the show and stay for coffee and puppet-play afterwards. Parking onsite. Directions:

Almost spring!

Soon we’ll be able to dig in the warm earth and see beautiful flowers. (I believe it, really!) My puppets are starting early. Please join us for “Badger Meets the Fairies” on Saturday, March 12th at 2 pm at:

Arlington Center for the Arts theater
41 Foster Street
Arlington 02474
And please stay afterwards to make simple puppets from paper and cardboard, play with puppets, and enjoy some coffee or tea.
Tickets are $5, available at the door beginning at 1:30. We’ll also hold up to twenty tickets (total) if you e-mail me at [email protected] by Friday, March 11th.

Please come welcome the Year of the Rabbit at Arlington Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 12th. I will perform “Monkey Wreaks Havoc in Heaven”, an episode of the Chinese epic Journey to the West. The magical monkey flies to the Heavens and takes a job in the Jade Emperor’s peach garden. But when the monkey is snubbed by other gods and goddesses, he sneaks into a banquet hall and eats the preparation for the New Year’s celebration. And that’s just the beginning of the trouble.

The show starts at 2 pm at the ACA theater, 41 Foster Street, in Arlington. (directions: Tickets are $5. Please come for the show and stay for coffee and puppet play afterwards.
We can save up to 20 tickets in advance. If you would like to have tickets saved for you, please e-mail [email protected] before Friday, February 11th. We’ll save the tickets until 2:45 on the day of the show.