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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 (In-person)

Wishing Chair Productions Story Time (In-person)

October 19, 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.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (In-Person)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (In-Person)

October 22, 2021 4:00 PM
Main Library
Based on the story by Washington Irving, this version is shadow puppetry and storytelling at its best. Note: Not recommended for children under 8 years old. Performed in the Children’s Theater. Running time: 35 minutes. Recommended for 8 and older. Group accommodations are not available for this program time.
The Puppet Truck Presents: The Ordeal of Dr. Trifulgas

The Puppet Truck Presents: The Ordeal of Dr. Trifulgas

October 23, 2021 10:00 AM
off-site
Author Jules Verne, best known for his novels 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth, penned this short story that Wishing Chair Productions has adapted! One puppeteer tells the dark tale of a bitter old Doctor who learns a valuable lesson. Performances will take place throughout the day at the Tennessee State Museum as part of the Haunted Museum Storytelling Festival. Guests can also enjoy snacks, games, crafts-on-the-go, demonstrations of the museum's 18th century printing press and games on the lawn. The festival is open from 10:00 - 3:00.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (In-Person)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (In-Person)

October 23, 2021 4:00 PM
Main Library
Based on the story by Washington Irving, this version is shadow puppetry and storytelling at its best. Note: Not recommended for children under 8 years old. Performed in the Children’s Theater. Running time: 35 minutes. Recommended for 8 and older. Group accommodations are not available for this program time.
Wishing Chair Productions Story Time (In-person)

Wishing Chair Productions Story Time (In-person)

October 26, 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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