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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 Frog Prince

The Frog Prince

September 30, 2022 10:30 AM
Main Library
Wishing Chair Productions’ musical telling of The Frog Prince featuring the Tichenor Marionettes, tells the story of a frog, a princess and a golden ball. Presented in the Children’s Theater. Running time: 30 minutes. Recommended for ages 3-10 but all are welcome. Group Reservations Required for 10 or more: Special performances are provided for groups on designated Thursdays during the run of the show. Call the Children’s Department at Main to make your reservation: 615-862-5785. Unfortunately, there is no bus parking at the Main Library.
The Frog Prince

The Frog Prince

September 30, 2022 11:30 AM
Main Library
Wishing Chair Productions’ musical telling of The Frog Prince featuring the Tichenor Marionettes, tells the story of a frog, a princess and a golden ball. Presented in the Children’s Theater. Running time: 30 minutes. Recommended for ages 3-10 but all are welcome. Group Reservations Required for 10 or more: Special performances are provided for groups on designated Thursdays during the run of the show. Call the Children’s Department at Main to make your reservation: 615-862-5785. Unfortunately, there is no bus parking at the Main Library.
The Frog Prince

The Frog Prince

October 1, 2022 10:30 AM
Main Library
Wishing Chair Productions’ musical telling of The Frog Prince featuring the Tichenor Marionettes, tells the story of a frog, a princess and a golden ball. Presented in the Children’s Theater. Running time: 30 minutes. Recommended for ages 3-10 but all are welcome. Group Reservations Required for 10 or more: Special performances are provided for groups on designated Thursdays during the run of the show. Call the Children’s Department at Main to make your reservation: 615-862-5785. Unfortunately, there is no bus parking at the Main Library.
The Puppet Truck Presents Hansel and Gretel

The Puppet Truck Presents Hansel and Gretel

October 1, 2022 10:30 AM
Bordeaux
The classic Brothers Grimm tale is told with the charming Peeko Puppets. Be enchanted as two siblings face challenges that test their courage in difficult times. Recommended for ages 3 - 8, but all are welcome. Running time: 30 minutes
The Frog Prince

The Frog Prince

October 1, 2022 11:30 AM
Main Library
Wishing Chair Productions’ musical telling of The Frog Prince featuring the Tichenor Marionettes, tells the story of a frog, a princess and a golden ball. Presented in the Children’s Theater. Running time: 30 minutes. Recommended for ages 3-10 but all are welcome. Group Reservations Required for 10 or more: Special performances are provided for groups on designated Thursdays during the run of the show. Call the Children’s Department at Main to make your reservation: 615-862-5785. Unfortunately, there is no bus parking at the Main Library.

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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.

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.

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.

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