Even in an age of iPads, the magic of a marionette can inspire a child to grow up into a puppeteer or a wooden actor. Get kid-friendly kicks with this GrouponLive deal.
- The Little Mermaid presented by Le Theatre de Marionette
- When: any show, July 26-September 21
- Where: Geppettos Theater & Workshop
- General admission
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- View the performance schedule
- $8 for one child's (12 and under) 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, Ariel—the story's protagonist—trades her beautiful voice to a Sea Witch named Ursula for a pair of legs. The mermaid must convince the handsome Prince Eric to fall in love with her within three days, or else she is bound to Ursula forever. A cast of over 60 marionettes bring the ocean floor to life with colorful seahorses and singing octopuses, while shadow puppets and special effects add additional visual flair. Audiences are encouraged to arrive early for a pre-show marionette demonstration, and stay after for a behind-the-scenes look at how puppet shows are performed.
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.