Upcoming Shows

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

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Puppet Truck presents: Tomas and the Library Lady

October 1, 11, 2017
Area Library Branches

A marionette show based on the true story of Tomas Rivera, the son of migrant workers who became a national education leader. His life changed when, as a boy, he was encouraged to read by a librarian in Iowa. Based on the book by Pat Mora. Produced with special permission from Random House. 30 mins. Ages 3-9.

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Oct 13, 14, 15, 2017
Main Library

“Open Sesame!” and behold Wishing Chair Productions’ colorful adaptation from the Tales of the Arabian Nights. Classic storytelling with a cast of exotic marionettes, clever sets, and props, and exciting original music are sure to enchant the entire family. Presented by Wishing Chair’s Puppet Truck staff.

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Puppet Truck presents: Puss in Boots

Oct 18, 21, 25, 28, 2017
Area Library Branches

Wishing Chair Productions is proud to present a brand new, jazz-infused, marionette version of the classic Brothers Grimm story. A tiny kitty cat with a mighty wit guides an innocent boy to riches and happiness beyond his wildest dreams! With Nashville favorites Chris Walters scoring and Connye Florence singing, you are in for a treat! 30 mins. All ages.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Fridays and Saturdays, Oct 20, 21, 27, 28
Main Library

Based on the story by Washington Irving, this version is shadow puppetry and storytelling at its best. Children’s Theater. 30 mins. Ages 8-12, all ages welcome. Note: Not recommended for children under 8 years old.

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Library Pete and the Story Time Band

Fridays and Saturdays, Oct 20 – Nov 4, 2017
Main Library

A rock n roll puppet show extravaganza! In the Children’s Theater, running time: 30 minutes. Ages 0-12, but all are welcome.

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Puppet Show

Sailors and Maidens

Fridays and Saturdays, Nov 17-18, Dec 1-2, 2017
Main Library

Sailors and Maidens returns to our stage with their own pleasing brand of puppet storytelling and variety show. Ages 5-12, but all are welcome.

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String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry

Friday and Saturday, Nov 24, 25, 2017
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Wishing Chair Productions will present special performances of their original show documenting the history of Country Music and puppetry at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. New acts have been added.

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A Child’s Calendar

Fridays and Saturdays, Dec 8-30, 2017
Main Library

John Updike’s collection of poems for children is transformed into a delightful musical puppet show that takes us through the seasons month by month. Sarah Hart and Brian Hull score this special adaptation with original music. 30 min. Recommended for ages 2-8, but all are welcome.

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Ellingtown

Fridays and Saturdays, Jan 12-20, 2018
Main Library

Join Duke Ellington, the great master of Jazz 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. 30 min. Recommended for ages 0-8, but all are welcome.

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Puppet Truck presents: Anansi the Spider

February 5, 12, 17, 24, 26, 2018
Area Library Branches

This colorful marionette and hand-and-rod puppet play is based on African tales of a tricky spider who uses his cleverness to achieve his wishes. The Wood and Strings Puppet Company created the show’s beautiful marionettes especially for the Library, while our very own Wishing Chair Productions created the hand-and-rod puppets and all other aspects of the show. For ages 5-9, but all are welcome.

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Tall Tale Circus

Tall Tale Circus

Fridays and Saturdays, Feb 16-24, 2018
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! In the Children’s Theater. 40 min. Recommended for ages 5-12, but all are welcome.
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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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