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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)

June 22, 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 to see all NPL streaming events.
From Page to Stage! by Mr. David (Online)

From Page to Stage! by Mr. David (Online)

June 24, 2021 12:00 PM
Online
From brainstorming to performing and everything in between! Join Mr. David in this four part series as he develops, writes, builds and performs his very own puppet show. Visit library.nashville.org/universe to see all NPL events you can stream from home
The Whimsical World of Wishing Chair (Online)

The Whimsical World of Wishing Chair (Online)

June 29, 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 to see all NPL streaming events.
Zoom into Summer Reading Challenge: Storytime with the Professor and Friends (Online)

Zoom into Summer Reading Challenge: Storytime with the Professor and Friends (Online)

July 14, 2021 10:30 AM
Online
Press Play on reading in this year's Summer Reading Challenge! Earn prizes for reading books, listening to audiobooks, enjoying virtual events from NPL, and more! This week, join the Professor, Cedric the Dragon and J.J. the Lamb for an interactive Zoom event with songs, stories, juggling, and even learn how to make a puppet of your own! Register for your spot to enjoy the show and to get a free sack puppet making kit while supplies last! Visit library.nashville.org/universe to see all NPL events you can stream from home.
Puppet Truck at Tennessee Agricultural Center, Family Farm Days

Puppet Truck at Tennessee Agricultural Center, Family Farm Days

July 17, 2021 9:30 AM
off-site
Part of Family Farm Days at Tennessee Agricultural Center: Ellington Agricultural Center, 404 Hogan Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37220 The Frog Prince tells the story of a lonely frog, a spoiled princess and a golden ball. This fun musical production features the fabulous Tichenor Marionettes. It was adapted by Brian Hull with original songs by Brian Hull and Sarah Hart.

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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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