Children's theater is a great way to gently introduce kids to theater before they realize that most plays are just about sad guys talking. Get kid-friendly kicks with this Groupon.
$14 for Family Pack of Puppet-Show Tickets ($30 Total Value)
- Two children's tickets (a $6 value each)
- Two adult tickets (a $9 value each)
Guests can redeem their tickets for any regular upcoming puppet show. In November, performances of The Little Red Hen encourage singing and audience participation as farmyard animals learn to make wheat into bread, imparting lessons on the value of teamwork and agriculture. Alternatively, the annual Imagine This program features stories written by children and staged by professional puppeteers. The Leprechaun and the Reindeer —a musical story about a leprechaun who searches for a job at the North Pole—plays around Christmastime, then makes way for an award-winning rendition of Cinderella.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater
Demonstrating inventive takes on old myths is par for the course at Great Arizona Puppet Theater, whose adaptation of Cinderella won the 2010 UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in puppetry. Behind the scenes, professional puppeteers guide the characters through kid-friendly narratives, both ancient and original. Their performances often include a timely moral that parents can discuss with children with the help of accompanying study guides, which encourage guests to analyze themes and ask questions such as "how can puppets talk if they have no brains?"
The puppet masters have more than 50 tales in their collective memory. They perform them in the historical, hand-painted theater space five days a week, as well as at area schools and functions. By crafting scripts that address Arizonian themes, including the conservation of endangered condors and figures in Native American folklore, they hope to educate and engage their young spectators. Guests can interact with the stories even further by adopting puppets from the onsite gift shop or by attending a private party, where they create their own hand puppets out of paper bags. Additionally, seasonal adult shows prove that puppetry can be as edgy as any other art form.