Upcoming Shows

Wishing Chair Productions will be performing at Main Library, at library branches, and around the Nashville community this summer. Come see our original productions. View All

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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

Fridays and Saturdays, January 13 – 21, 2017
Main Library

The Twain classic tale of a con-man and his notorious frog to comment on foolishness and consequences told by Wishing Chair puppets and with an energetic bluegrass score by Tom McBryde. For ages 5 and up.

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Kaytek the Wizard

Fridays and Saturdays, January 20 – 28, 2017
Main Library

Kaytek, a mischievous schoolboy who wants to become a wizard, learns that power is not without responsibility. This story speaks to every child’s dream of freeing themselves from the endless control of adults, and shaping the world to their own designs. Ages 10 and older ONLY.

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Ellingtown

Fridays and Saturdays, February 3 – 18, 2017
Main Library

Join the great master of Jazz Duke Ellington as he takes us on a musical journey with puppets of all sorts in this special presentation, produced by the Nashville Jazz Workshop in cooperation with Wishing Chair Productions.

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Anansi The Spider

Puppet Truck Presents: Anansi the Spider

Saturdays, February, 2017
Various Library Branches

This colorful marionette and hand and rod puppet play is based on the African tales of a tricky spider who uses cleverness to achieve his wishes.

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Tall Tale Circus

Fridays and Saturdays, March 3 – 18, 2017
Main Library

Come see Pecos Bill, Calamity Jane, John Henry, and Johnny Appleseed, live and in person, in this musical extravaganza for the whole family! You may even see a big blue ox, if you’re lucky!

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The Stonecutter

The Stonecutter

Fridays and Saturdays, March 25 – April 1
Main Library

Based on a traditional Asian folktale and featuring Bunraku puppetry, this story teaches two life lessons: be happy with who you are and make your wishes carefully! Presented in the Children’s Theater.

Running time: 30 minutes.

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Dollywood’s Little Engine Playhouse presents: Pretend

Dollywood’s Little Engine Playhouse presents: Pretend

Thursday, April 13 and Friday, April 14, 2017
Main Library

What could have been a quiet afternoon at home turns into an adventure for Jimmy and his dad. Their couch turns into a boat! The staircase becomes a mountain! And blankets become a cozy hut, just right to cuddle inside. The one thing they don’t have to pretend is how much they love one another.

Run time: 25 minutes.

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Library Pete and Friends

Library Pete and Friends

Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, 2017
Main Library

Library Pete invites his merry band of musical friends back to the Main Library for singing, playing and telling tales with the help of some amazing puppets!

Run time: 30 minutes.

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The Tempest

The Tempest

Fridays and Saturdays, May 5-20, 2017
Main Library

As part of our “Introduction to Shakespeare” series, Wishing Chair Productions presents the story of a wizard named Prospero who, marooned on an enchanted island, stirs up an incredible storm with the help of a resident magical fairy. Prospero and his daughter encounter a cast of wacky ne’er-do-wells and in the end find justice from conspiracy. An original and kid-friendly adaptation based on the play by William Shakespeare; featuring Tom Tichenor’s marionettes.

Run time: 30 minutes.

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Group Reservations for Main Library Performances

Groups of 10 or more wishing to attend a puppet show at the Main Library must make a reservation. Shows for groups are usually on Thursdays. Room capacity: 140. Call 862-5785 for more information and to make reservations.

Puppet Truck Reservations

The Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck delivers free, literature-based puppet shows by performing artists from the library. Learn more about Puppet Truck shows and availability.

Main Library Story Time with Wishing Chair

Story Time

Story Time is a weekly must for children of all ages. You won't want to miss the Professor, Library Pete, and Mary Mary as they sing, juggle, and read lots of wonderful books for your family. Most Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m.

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