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Puppet Truck programs inspire a love of books through engaging, three dimensional performances of classic children’s literature. 

Puppet Truck

The Puppet Truck travels throughout Davidson County with the aim of reaching people who aren’t able to visit the Main Library Children’s Theater. The Puppet Truck works in conjunction with the library’s Bringing Books to Life! program to provide literacy outreach and educational programs to preschools and daycare centers.

Winter/Spring 2021 Shows

Ellingtown

January 13 – June 25, 2021

Join Duke Ellington, the great Master of Jazz as he takes us on a musical journey with puppets of all sorts in this special presentation produced by the Nashville Jazz Workshop in cooperation with Wishing Chair Productions!

  • Running time: 30 minutes
  • In-Person and Digital Performances Available

Sky Bear

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.

  • Running time: 25 minutes
  • In Person/Digital Performances Available

Download the PDF Activity Sheet (1)

Download the PDF Activity Sheet (2)

Reserve the Puppet Truck

Shows

The Puppet Truck rotates shows available each season. Shows are subject to availability. 

Bringing Books to Life! may offer different Puppet Truck shows to its partner sites than are available to the community. Learn more about the Bringing Books to Life! program.

Eligibility

The Puppet Truck is available to daycare centers, preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, senior centers and other organizations and institutions across Davidson County. It is also available for community events in Davidson County that are open to the public.

The Puppet Truck is not available for birthday parties, private events or outside Davidson County.

Performance Requirements

The following requirements must be met in order for the Puppet Truck to successfully conduct a performance at your location:

  • Location must be within Nashville and Davidson County.
  • Access to an electrical outlet
  • Performance space of at least 8′ x 8′ x 8′ (this measurement is subject to change based on specific show requirements)
  • Direct access into the performance space with no obstacles between the parking lot and the entrance
  • Freight elevator required for locations with second floor performance spaces
  • Parking space to accommodate a 15′ box truck

Download Performance Requirements (pdf)

Request the Puppet Truck

What People are Saying

"This was our first time having the Puppet Truck and I will book them again and again and again! Our children loved the performance." 
– The Gardner School of Midtown

"This was my first experience with the Puppet Truck although Steve Martin, our librarian, did schedule the truck last year but I was unable to see the show. What a super resource this is for our children – with the price of school buses doubling; now $200 per bus based on carrying 66 children – we would never have been able to bring all of our students to the library for the show. Because the truck was able to present the show twice, once yesterday afternoon at 1:30 pm and again this morning at 9:00, the entire school was able to attend and have this experience. The show is not only highly entertaining; it is also a real learning experience." 
– Norman Binkley Elementary School

"Many teachers thanked us for getting the Puppet Truck & several commented that they would not have thought a puppet show could be so good. The students loved the show and being able to ask questions. It was nice that the students got to see & talk to the puppeteers! This was great in so many ways & will be used as TCAP review for storytelling and medieval time period. Thank you!"
– Bellevue Middle

Contact Us

Bret Wilson
Puppet Truck Supervisor
Wishing Chair Productions
(615) 880-2263
bret.wilson@nashville.gov

Marie Preptit
Bringing Books to Life! Program Coordinator
Bringing Books To Life
(615) 880-1625
marie.preptit@nashville.gov

Brian Hull
Wishing Chair Production Company Manager
Wishing Chair Productions
(615) 862-5788
brian.hull@nashville.gov