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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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The Whimsical World of Wishing Chair (Online)

The Whimsical World of Wishing Chair (Online)

September 21, 2021 10:30 AM
Online
Welcome back to the magic of NPL Story Times! See the Professor, Library Pete, Mary Mary, and Mr. B. and the Puppet Truck along with puppet friends like Tommy Dog, Cedric the Dragon, JJ the Lamb, and more – all on one weekly show. Explore new places along with the familiar favorites. It’s a tradition more than 80 years in the making. Watch live on Facebook, Tuesday mornings or watch all episodes of the Whimsical World of Wishing Chair on YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaomJk6LHWwgqrbEwmj58WL22WyRPezvg Visit library.nashville.org/universe
Wishing Chair Productions Story Time (Canceled)

Wishing Chair Productions Story Time (Canceled)

September 21, 2021 10:30 AM
Main Library
This event is canceled.
Sky Bear (In-person)

Sky Bear (In-person)

September 24, 2021 10:30 AM
Main Library
Adapted and set to music by Wishing Chair Productions, Sky Bear is a Native American folktale about how the Milky Way was formed. This lovely story is told with marionettes created by Wood and Strings Puppet Company. A treat for the whole family. Presented in our Children's Theater, Main Library, 2nd floor. For Ages 3 and older but all are welcome.
Sky Bear (In-person)

Sky Bear (In-person)

September 25, 2021 10:30 AM
Main Library
Adapted and set to music by Wishing Chair Productions, Sky Bear is a Native American folktale about how the Milky Way was formed. This lovely story is told with marionettes created by Wood and Strings Puppet Company. A treat for the whole family. Presented in our Children's Theater, Main Library, 2nd floor. For Ages 3 and older but all are welcome.
Wishing Chair Productions Story Time (In-person)

Wishing Chair Productions Story Time (In-person)

September 28, 2021 10:30 AM
Main Library
We are back LIVE! The Professor, Library Pete, and Mary Mary welcome you back to the Main Library for more singing, juggling and reading books. Running Time: 30-45 minutes Ages 0 - 6 but all are welcome. Group accommodations are not available for this program time. Story Time is presented in Church Street Park, across the street from Main Library. Program subject to cancellation considering weather and Covid conditions.

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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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