The Premier San Francisco
Bay Area Marionette Company
The Fratello Marionettes has produced timeless marionette shows since 1989. Puppeteer Kevin Menegus brings classic stories and vignettes to life through hand-crafted marionettes.
Enter the world of Mother Goose Land, where beloved nursery rhyme characters are brought to life. Mother Goose introduces you to her favorite stories: We encounter Mary and her lamb on their way to school, while Jack and Jill climb up a hill looking for water. Humpty Dumpty is perched high atop a wall waiting for the king’s arrival, and Bo-Peep searches for her lost sheep.
Our production of this classic fairy tale follows the spoiled princess Ofelia on her birthday. Her life is changed by a chance meeting with a frog – who we know to be a handsome prince, transformed by a witch. When she loses her new golden ball down a well, the princess promises to grant the frog three wishes in exchange for the ball’s recovery. Will Ofelia follow through with her promises, and will the frog turn back into the handsome Prince?
Saint-Saens’ fanciful score serves as a canvas upon which three classic storybook fairy tales are interwoven: “The Three Little Pigs”, “The Tortoise and the Hare”, and “The Ugly Duckling”. This production is performed without dialog, allowing the classical score to shine. The puppets and puppeteers perform on a raised stage, fully visible to the audience.
Our production of Peter and the Wolf is set to the majestic Prokofiev score, designed to introduce children to classical music and the individual instruments within an orchestra. Visit the forest home of Peter and his grandfather, listen to the debate between the bird and the duck, and see how the hunters capture the wolf. This production features a digital recording, or can be performed with a symphony and guest narrator.
Using traditional music, intricate costumes, and dramatic staging, we present this magical tale adapted from “The 1,001 Arabian Nights” as it has never been seen before. Friendship and kindness triumph over evil as Aladdin discovers the magical lamp, frees and befriends the powerful genie, thwarts the evil sorcerer, and saves the kingdom.