The Puppet Truck

The Puppet Truck travels throughout Davidson County with the aim of reaching people who aren’t able to visit the Main Library Children’s Theater. Puppet Truck programs inspire a love of books through engaging, three dimensional performances of classic children’s literature. The 45-minute interactive presentation incorporate stories, songs, music, puppets from the library’s extensive and growing collection. The Puppet Truck also works in conjunction with the library’s Bringing Books to Life! program to provide literacy outreach and educational programs to preschools and daycare centers.

Registration for the Spring 2017 Performance Season is now open.

mother gooseThe World of Mother Goose

Running time: 30 minutes

Wishing Chair Productions presents an exciting program celebrating the rhymes and rhythms of Mother Goose.  This high energy, interactive show features live performances, hand puppets, music and marionettes.

Ali BabaAli Baba and the Forty Thieves

Running time: 30 minutes

“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.

Puppet Truck FAQs

How do I reserve the Puppet Truck?

Contact Bret Wilson to request a Puppet Truck performance.

The Puppet Truck rotates shows available each season. Shows are subject to availability.

Bringing Books to Life! may offer different Puppet Truck shows to its partner sites than are available to the community. Learn more about the Bringing Books to Life! program.

Who can reserve the Puppet Truck?

The Puppet Truck is available to daycare centers, preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, senior centers and other organizations and institutions across Davidson County. It is also available for community events in Davidson County that are open to the public.

The Puppet Truck is not available for birthday parties, private events or outside Davidson County.

Performance Requirements

The following requirements must be met in order for the Puppet Truck to successfully conduct a performance at your location:

  • Location must be within Davidson County or Goodlettsville city limits
  • Access to an electrical outlet
  • Performance space of at least 8′ x 8′ x 8′ (this measurement is subject to change based on specific show requirements)
  • Direct access into the performance space with no obstacles between the parking lot and the entrance
  • Freight elevator required for locations with second floor performance spaces
  • Parking space to accommodate a 15′ box truck

Download Performance Requirements (PDF)

What are people saying about the Puppet Truck?

“This was our first time having the Puppet Truck and I will book them again and again and again! Our children loved the performance.” – The Gardner School of Midtown

“This was my first experience with the Puppet Truck although Steve Martin, our librarian, did schedule the truck last year but I was unable to see the show. What a super resource this is for our children – with the price of school buses doubling; now $200 per bus based on carrying 66 children – we would never have been able to bring all of our students to the library for the show. Because the truck was able to present the show twice, once yesterday afternoon at 1:30 pm and again this morning at 9:00, the entire school was able to attend and have this experience. The show is not only highly entertaining; it is also a real learning experience.” – Norman Binkley Elementary School

“We always enjoy it when you explain the puppets, props, and stories.” – Montessori Academy

“Love, love, love this show! It’s great for the kids to find such entertainment in music and in non fictional material (not just fairy tales)…The puppeteers are always so awesome and gracious to the kids.” – St. Joseph School

“Many teachers thanked us for getting the Puppet Truck & several commented that they would not have thought a puppet show could be so good. The students loved the show and being able to ask questions. It was nice that the students got to see & talk to the puppeteers! This was great in so many ways & will be used as TCAP review for storytelling and medieval time period. Thank you!” – Bellevue Middle

“The storyline was very clear and easy to follow. The performers were well rehearsed and answered questions at the end.” – J.T. Moore Middle

Thank you to our supporters!

The Puppet Truck is presented by:  Rotary Club of Nashville

Rotary Club of Nashville Logo

Additional support provided by:

  • Tennessee Arts Commission
  • Carl Turner Family Foundation
  • Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation
  • HCA Foundation
  • Dollar General Literacy Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Middle TN
  • Sandra Schatten Foundation
  • Proceeds from the Nashville Public Library Literary Award Gala

Contact Us

Bret Wilson
Puppet Truck Coordinator
(615) 880-2263

Liz Atack
Bringing Books to Life! Program Manager
(615) 862-5773

Brian Hull
Wishing Chair Production Company Manager
(615) 862-5788