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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.

Stream Wishing Chair Shows on YouTube

Join Wishing Chair Productions for online puppet shows and story times. See Story Time at the Professor's HouseNursery Rhyme Time with J. J. the LambWishing Chair Presents Library PetePuppet Truckin' with Mr. B, and more.

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Story Time at the Professor's House

Story Time at the Professor's House

January 26, 2021 10:30 AM
Online
A weekly presentation with music, puppets, books and juggling featuring a special guest! Something for the whole family! Visit library.nashville.org/universe to see all NPL events you can stream from home.
Nursery Rhyme Time with J.J. the Lamb

Nursery Rhyme Time with J.J. the Lamb

January 26, 2021 12:00 PM
Online
Every week JJ the Lamb brings us a nursery rhyme or song that is sure to brighten anyone's day! Visit library.nashville.org/universe to see all NPL events you can stream from home.
New Series - Workings of a Wishing Chair

New Series - Workings of a Wishing Chair

January 27, 2021 10:30 AM
Online
A weekly multi-episode documentary that chronicles the work of NPL's resident puppet troupe - Wishing Chair Productions. From the creation of the program to full scale productions and our traveling puppet truck, you will meet the staff who will show you how we do what we do - including writing, costumes, sets, collaborations and more! Visit library.nashville.org/universe to see all NPL events you can stream from home.
Wishing Chair Presents Library Pete

Wishing Chair Presents Library Pete

January 28, 2021 12:00 PM
Online
Your good friend, Library Pete, brings a variety of games, original songs and puppets to the video screen as only he can! Visit library.nashville.org/universe to see all NPL events you can stream from home.
Puppet Truckin' with Mr. B. presents Just Imagine

Puppet Truckin' with Mr. B. presents Just Imagine

January 28, 2021 3:00 PM
Online
Wishing Chair Productions is glad Mr. B is back! Join him as he crafts an entirely new set of short stories, using a different form of puppetry. Each episode will offer a behind-the-scenes look at a particular aspect of the production. On Wishing Chair’s Facebook page and NPL’s YouTube channel (simulcast)

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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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