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Wishing Chair Productions

Wishing Chair Productions, the library’s resident puppet troupe, continues the puppet tradition started in 1938 by Tom Tichenor. The troupe creates world-class shows that delight children and adults alike.

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Wishing Chair Productions Story Time

Wishing Chair Productions Story Time

January 25, 2022 10:30 AM
Main Library
You won’t want to miss the Professor, Library Pete, Mary Mary and their puppet friends as they sing, juggle and read books. Story Time will be presented in the Children’s Theater or in Church Street Park, weather permitting. Cancellations may occur. Please consult the library website: http://www.library.nashville.org/wishingchair, Wishing Chair Productions Puppet Troupe Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WishingChairProductions or call the Main Children’s Department at (615) 862-5785 for information. Recommended for ages 2 - 6 but all are welcome. Run Time: 30 min.
Wishing Chair Productions Story Time

Wishing Chair Productions Story Time

February 1, 2022 10:30 AM
Main Library
You won’t want to miss the Professor, Library Pete, Mary Mary and their puppet friends as they sing, juggle and read books. Story Time will be presented in the Children’s Theater or in Church Street Park, weather permitting. Cancellations may occur. Please consult the library website: http://www.library.nashville.org/wishingchair, Wishing Chair Productions Puppet Troupe Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WishingChairProductions or call the Main Children’s Department at (615) 862-5785 for information. Recommended for ages 2 - 6 but all are welcome. Run Time: 30 min.
Wishing Chair Productions Story Time

Wishing Chair Productions Story Time

February 8, 2022 10:30 AM
Main Library
You won’t want to miss the Professor, Library Pete, Mary Mary and their puppet friends as they sing, juggle and read books. Story Time will be presented in the Children’s Theater or in Church Street Park, weather permitting. Cancellations may occur. Please consult the library website: http://www.library.nashville.org/wishingchair, Wishing Chair Productions Puppet Troupe Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WishingChairProductions or call the Main Children’s Department at (615) 862-5785 for information. Recommended for ages 2 - 6 but all are welcome. Run Time: 30 min.
Anansi The Spider

Anansi The Spider

February 11, 2022 10:30 AM
Main Library
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. The puppets, as well as all other aspects of the show, were created right here in the library by Wishing Chair Productions! Presented in the Children's Theater, Main Library, 2nd floor. Recommended for 3 and older but all are welcome. Run Time: 30 min. Group accommodations are not available for this program time.
Anansi The Spider

Anansi The Spider

February 11, 2022 11:30 AM
Main Library
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. The puppets, as well as all other aspects of the show, were created right here in the library by Wishing Chair Productions! Presented in the Children's Theater, Main Library, 2nd floor. Recommended for 3 and older but all are welcome. Run Time: 30 min. Group accommodations are not available for this program time.

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About Wishing Chair Productions

Puppet Troupe

Children in Nashville have been enchanted by Nashville Public Library’s puppet shows since Tom Tichenor’s first production in 1938. Wishing Chair Productions, the library’s resident puppet troupe, continues the puppet tradition by creating word-class shows that delight children and adults alike.

Brian Hull leads a talented group of performers, who create puppets, scenery, and music for original productions. The troupe continues performing original Tichenor shows, such as The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings. Wishing Chair also produces original shows. Many, like Anansi the Spider, reflect the diverse storytelling traditions and cultures of Nashville. Others reimagine classic works like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Wishing Chair Productions partners with cultural institutions like the Nashville Symphony and the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Drawing on Nashville’s own talented musicians and theater professionals enables the troupe to bring each story to life with wonderful music and inventive storytelling.

The Wishing Chair Puppet Truck program began in 2005. The Puppet Truck works in conjunction with the library’s Bringing Books to Life! program to perform live shows at community events. The Puppet Truck allows the library to reach children and school groups who aren’t able to visit the library’s Children’s Theatre.

Each year, over 69,000 children attend the puppet shows and story times at the Main Library. Annual attendance for Puppet Truck performances tops 27,000.

The Tichenor Legacy

Tom Tichenor was only 15 when he staged Puss In Books at the Nashville Public Library in 1938. In 1947 he was hired as part-time staff member and began regular marionette shows for the library.

Wishing Chair Productions is proud to preserve Tom Tichenor’s memory through the continued use of his beloved marionettes and puppets.

Contact

Bret Wilson, Puppet Truck Supervisor, (615) 880-2263

Marie Preptit, Bringing Books to Life! Program Coordinator, (615) 880-1625

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

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