We are an all volunteer 501 c3 non-profit mobile puppet theater that travels to organizations interested in puppetry arts programs. Click the tabs above to see our in person and virtual offerings. We are now accepting bookings for April & May 2024.
Thanks to Wegmans Chapel Hill for the Community Grant and the Durham Arts Council's Arts Recovery Grant for funding puppetry arts programming at the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough, NC .
The Stone Cutter
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Hungry Coat
Anansi Goes Fishing
IPuppetry Arts Program for a Girl Scout
Mini Quest Camp
Puppet Show at the Kidzu Children's Museum in Chapel Hill, NC
Many thanks to the Orange County Arts Council and the NC Arts Council ( a Division of the Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources) for the Grassroots Grant that funded folktale puppet shows at the Orange County Public Library !
* Ananasi and the Moss
Covered Rock. A
folktale from Africa
* One Grain of Rice. A
folktale from India
* Borreguita and the
Coyote. A folktale from
* The Greatest Treasure.
A folktale from China
Fun with Benefits! Our Puppetry Programs are aligned with N.C. Education Standards
Puppet Show Inc. offers a wide variety of puppetry performances geared towards educating as well as entertaining audiences of all ages. The puppetry programs are aligned with the North Carolina K-5 Common Core Standards in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Theatre Arts, Healthful Living and Guidance. All the puppetry productions foster Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) so important to success in school and in life as well as teach the NCDPI Character Education traits.
Puppetry in Education is Research Based
Research supports puppetry as a powerful teaching tool. Puppets are an aspect of our history and everyday lives. From the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to the Muppets we see puppets on television, on videos or in live performances. In their different forms they appeal to both old and young alike, represent different customs and traditions and are valuable educational tools. Puppets are both entertaining and captivating. Children can believe and relate to them; they can enter and explore the fascinating inventive world that puppets create.
Learning through play is fundamental to our children's education, helping them to develop the necessary skills in life. Puppets can stimulate children’s imagination, encourage creative play and discovery and are a wonderful interactive way to introduce narrative to even the most reluctant reader. They can be a powerful way of bringing story time to life; puppets can provide a focus for role play, encouraging the child’s imagination and involvement in activities and can play a fundamental part in the recitation of stories and verse. In addition, hand puppets with workable mouths and tongues are an excellent motivational resource to inspire the teaching of phonics within literacy.
Puppets can assist children with special educational needs. They can motivate and support children with difficulties in communication and interaction. They can help to develop their social and motor skills, and can meet the visual, tactile and emotional needs of the individual child. Large human puppets with glove hands and fingers can be used in conjunction with the different varieties of signing, adding a further dimension in helping children with both hearing difficulties and learning disabilities.
Puppets can share joy or sadness; they can be naughty or good, cheeky or shy; and when a child is engaged by a puppet they can learn lessons and absorb
messages without even realizing they are.
How to Help
Puppet Show Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. We are dedicated to educating, entertaining and enthralling diverse populations in the magical world of puppetry arts. Your donations help to provide puppet shows at little, or in some cases, no costs to organizations whose community members may not have the opportunity to experience a live theatrical performance. Donations are tax deductible. To Donate, please click on the Donate Tab at the top of the page. We participate in Employer Matching Gift Programs
New! Online Puppetry Programs for Organizations! Watch the video below for more information.
We offer Teacher Workshops!
We offer workshops for education majors!
UNC Puppet Workshop
Puppet Workshop for UNC Prime Care Graduate Students
We were very excited to be part of the Durham Public Schools Ignite Online Academy Teaching Artist Program for the fall of 2021 and spring 2022 offering puppetry residencies to elementary students!
Are you a high school student looking to earn Service Learning hours? We are approved through LetServe. Just sign up through the LetServe website or email us at email@example.com
Check out the Scarf Marionette Puppets
made during the World Puppetry Day Celebration!
A partial list of some of the places we have performed:
* Carrboro Elem After School
* Scroggs Elem. After School
* Nothside Elem. After School
* Morris Grove Elem. After School
* McDougle Elem. After School
* Seawell Elem. After School
* Primrose Day School Briar Chapel
* Triad School of Math and Science
* Triangle Math & Science Academy
* McDougle Elem PTA Book Fair
* Barnes & Nobles Cary
* Chatham Co. Partnership for Young
Children ( Teacher Workshop)
* UNC School of Education Teacher
Workshop on ELA Standards &
* Carrboro Century Center
* Kidzu Children's Museum
* Carrboro Branch Library
* Hillsborough Main Library
* Gigi's Playhouse Raleigh Down's
Syndrome Achievement Center
* Daisy/Brownie/Girl Scout Troop Raleigh
* Spanish for Fun Cary
* Spanish for Fun Wake Forest
* Sterling Montessori Academy
* Kiddie Academy of West Cary
* W.G. Pearson Elem.
* E.K. Powe Elem.
* Ignite Online Academy Durham Public
* Bethesda Elem. After School
* Spring Valley Elem. After School
* Montessori Academy of Chapel Hill &
* Weaver Dairy Community PreSchool
* Goddard School of Durham
* Goddard School of Apex
*Primrose School of East Chapel Hill
*UNC Prime Care-School of Social
Puppetry Workshop for Graduate
*UNC Horizons Programs
Thanks to our previous wonderful Grant Makers that have been invaluable in providing free community puppetry programs!