Puppet Talent Show
Interact with many different puppets as they showcase a variety of talents, including magic, music, comedy, and storytelling. The Talent Show is full of surprises and encourages creative audience participation. You might learn something about your own specials talents, too! The Puppet Talent Show can be easily adapted for a variety of venues and themes.
A Christmas Carol
The Great Bug-tacular Game Show
Are you as busy as a bee? Hard-working as an ant? Are you an inspiring entomologist? Do you want to know what an entomologist is? Help puppet contestants and audience volunteers play a variety of exciting rounds of games about bugs. Meet new friends and learn interesting bug facts. Audience members will interact with Joe and his friends as they work together to play the game.
Captain Aesop's All-Star Galaxy Games
Get ready to cheer for puppets from distant planets! Unique creatures and human characters exercise their bodies, minds, and feelings in a variety of cosmic challenges based on Aesop's Fables. Perseverance, sportsmanship, and imagination will be put to the test! What's the moral of the story? That's up to the audience to discover!
Alice and Jimmy's Epic Rock Dream
Children and adults alike will be encouraged to join in the fun and work together with puppets Alice and Jimmy as they face their fears and realize their dreams. Our heroes will travel far from home and each other and encounter bullies, make new friends, and need lots of help from the audience along the way. This show features a variety of musical styles and two original songs.
Joe Flashlight and
the Mystery of the Missing Archeologist
Set off on an adventure to find a missing archeologist! Leading the expedition is Joe Flashlight, puppet detective, who will use science and imagination to dig for clues, encounter new and different creatures, and need lots of help from the audience along the way. This noir-style story is sure to inspire creative and critical thinkers of all ages.
Heroes on Hand
Join forces with puppet superheroes to save the day! The "Heroes on Hand" will need lots of help from the audience during their comic book inspired adventures. This show features three different stories about friendship, citizenship, heroes and villains, and includes original music (there's even a puppet rap battle!) "Heroes on Hand" celebrates different ways of helping and cooperating and brings out the hero in children and adults!
Around the World in Five Folktales
Travel around the world without leaving your seat! Adam and friends will tell five different versions of a familiar story with a variety of puppetry styles, and lots of help from the audience. See if you can recognize this tale from China, Egypt, Ireland, Canada, and right here where you live. Discover the differences and similarities that make stories from many cultures both unique and unifying. Audience members work together to create a brand-new twist for an old-old tale.
My Unbelievable Aquatic Adventure
Join hand puppets, shadow screen puppets, and stick puppets for an adventure on (and under) the high seas. Johnny the Ex-Pirate makes his directorial debut with his original story starring Skip, only to be interrupted by an alien invasion! Audience members help teach a visitor from another planet all about the importance of conserving water to save Johnny's production, not to mention planet Earth!
and the Case of the Taken Cake
Oh no! A birthday cake is missing! Help Detective Joe Flashlight and his clue-crunching computer, Silver Berry, solve the case. Audience members will interact with Joe and his friends as they look for clues and learn to consider all the facts before jumping to conclusions in this humorous story that sparks the imagination.
Billy and the Story Machine
Do you have a favorite fairy tale? Do you like to make up your very own stories? How many things can you use your imagination for? Help Billy and the Story Machine create a fairy tale like you’ve never seen before. Audience members will interact with Billy and his friends as they work together to bring a story to life.
Camp Morningstar Variety Show
This special production was commissioned for a camp that helps children grieving the loss of a loved one. Camp Morningstar generously agreed to allow Adam Swartz Puppets to perform this unique show for other venues. This puppet show encourages healthy self-reflection, self-expression, memorial celebration and hope. Please contact Adam for more details.
"I remember one year a child was scared and crying, you came around to the front with a puppet and let the kids see the puppet first. To intro a puppet, talk about how they move, how you build them..."
Molly A. Hetrick, Recreation Supervisor - Millbrook Marsh Nature Center