- $12 for one adult’s ticket and one child’s ticket to The Best Pet of All (up to $24 value)
- When: select dates, October 29–November 15
- Where: Mesner Studio (October 29–November 2); Glenwood Arts Theater (November 12–15)
- Seating: best available
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Tickets are not reserved until calling (816) 756-3500
- Ticket values include all fees.
The Best Pet of All
The young protagonist of The Best Pet of All wants a dog, but his mom won’t let him get one—she say’s they’re too messy and too loud. Issuing what she thinks is a safe concession, Mom tells the boy that instead, he can keep a dragon—if he manages to find one. Fortunately—and then unfortunately—the boy makes a draconic friend, one who sports a fedora and some slick shades. But when this unconventional pet turns out to be more boisterous and messy than even the most mischievous puppy could be, the boy wonders if Mom will ever let him get a dog at all.
Paul Mesner Puppets
Paul Mesner started with a small puppet theater in Omaha, then went abroad to study at the legendary International Institute of Puppetry in Charleville-Mezier, France, before founding his current company in Kansas City in 1987. Since that time, Mesner and his crew have crafted every puppet by hand, including finger puppets, rod and stick puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets, and even huge puppets that require an entire human being or a large stack of dogs to operate. The company performs for audiences of up to 38,000 per year at home, when it’s not on the road—past gigs have included the Henson International Festival of Puppetry in New York and the Cultural Arts Festival at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah.