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

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. Puppet Truck programs inspire a love of books through engaging, three dimensional performances of classic children’s literature. The 45-minute interactive presentation incorporate stories, songs, music, puppets from the library’s extensive and growing collection.

The Puppet Truck also works in conjunction with the library’s Bringing Books to Life! program to provide literacy outreach and educational programs to preschools and daycare centers.

Fall 2020 Shows

Lorraine: The Girl Who Sang the Storm Away

July - December

Set in the Tennessee hills, this brand new musical, marionette show introduces us to Lorraine and her Pa Paw who love to play music and sings songs. When a big storm rolls in and their instruments are nowhere to be found, can Lorraine find the music inside herself to get through the fearsome thunder and rain? Run time: 25 minutes.

  • In Person/Digital Performances Available
  • Download the Activity Sheet for information about the story, book recommendations, and other activities!

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

All of July, then August though December on Tuesdays and Thursdays

"Open Sesame!" Enter the magical Cave of Wonders and behold Wishing Chair Productions colorful adaptation from the Tales of the Arabian Nights. Classic storytelling with a cast of exotic marionettes, clever sets, and props, and exciting original music are sure to enchant the entire family. Run time: 40 minutes.

  • In Person/Digital Performances Available
  • Download the Activity Sheet for information about the story, book recommendations, and other activities!

Hansel and Gretel 

August - December on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

This classic German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm is told with the charming Peeko Puppets. Run time: 30 minutes.

  • In Person/Digital Performances Available
  • Download the Activity Sheet for information about the story, book recommendations, and other activities!

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