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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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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Puppet Truck presents Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

April, 2017

“Open Sesame!” Enter the magical Cave of Wonders 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.

Run time: 40 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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The Frog Prince

Fridays and Saturdays, June 9–17 and July 14-22, 2017
Main Library

A fun musical production, featuring the fabulous Tichenor Marionettes, The Frog Prince tells the story of a lonely frog and a spoiled princess. With the help of a golden ball, the frog teaches the princess the true meaning of friendship.

Run time: 30 minutes.

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String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry

Fridays and Saturdays, Jun 27-Jul 8, 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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Hansel and Gretel house drawing

Hansel and Gretel

Fridays and Saturdays, Aug 11-26, 2017
Main Library

The classic Brothers Grimm tale is told with the charming Peeko Puppets and our DANKE! Danke is a handmade wooden marionette and gift to the library from the Magdeburg Puppet Theater in Germany.

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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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