Even today, the magic of a marionette can inspire a child to grow up to be a puppeteer or a tiny actor made of wood. Feel child-like wonder with this GrouponLive deal.
- The Little Mermaid, presented by Le Theatre de Marionette
- When: any show, July 26–September 21
- Where: Geppetto's Theater & Workshop
- General admission
- Door time: 20 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- View the performance schedule
- $8 for one child's (12 and younger) ticket (up to $16 value)
- $9 for one adult's ticket (up to $18 value)
Geppettos Theater & Workshop is located in the sublevel of the Hilton Anatole, with its main entrance in the tower lobby. It is recommended guests use either this entrance or the Chantilly Ballroom entrance. There is plenty of parking around the hotel. Parking is an additional charge, but guests of Geppettos receive a reduced rate of $5 per car; it is recommended to park in lot #4. Strollers are not permitted inside the theater, however a free stroller parking kiosk is located in the tower lobby. ADA seating is available; please call the box office after purchase to alert staff.
The Little Mermaid
Le Theatre de Marionette's adaptation of The Little Mermaid enhances Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale with the magical movements of intricately carved marionettes. Overcome by a desire to experience life on land, young Ariel trades her beautiful voice to a Sea Witch named Ursula for a pair of legs and lungs. The mermaid must then convince a handsome prince to fall in love with her within three days, or else become bound to Ursula forever.
Colorful seahorses and singing octopuses join a cast of more than 60 marionettes—each created by as many as 20 artists—in bringing this ocean extravaganza to life, while shadow puppets and special effects add additional visual flair. Behind the marionettes are a team of voice actors and skilled puppeteers who operate the 12–18 strings required to bring each character to life—"it's like flying a kite in a hurricane sometimes backstage," founder John Hopkins told Good Morning Texas.
Le Theatre de Marionette
“It all starts with an idea and block of wood,” John Hopkins, founder of Le Theatre de Marionette, marvels on his website. While that may be true for marionette-theater productions ranging from Hansel and Gretel to The Wizard of Oz, it took a little more for Le Theatre itself. John began the operation in a defunct bus station in Arlington, drawing in families with just the skill of his hands and voice, before achieving enough success to move to Dallas and expand from one theatre to three. He also brought on a skilled team of puppeteers and voice actors. Yet despite the company's growth, John remains hands on, helping to shape those ideas and blocks of wood into puppets, sets, and smaller blocks of wood.
Geppetto's Theater & Workshop
“It all starts with an idea and block of wood,” says John Hopkins, founder of Geppetto's Theater & Workshop. While that may be true for his meticulously hand-carved marionettes—which star in the full gamut of classic children’s stories from Hansel and Gretel to The Wizard of Oz—it took a little more for Geppetto's Theater & Workshop itself. John began his performances in a defunct bus station in Arlington, drawing in families with just the skill of his hands and voice, before achieving enough success to move to Dallas and expand his skilled team of puppeteers and voice actors.