The Premier San Francisco
Bay Area Marionette Company

Repertoire

Classic hand-crafted theatrical productions for all ages

Restoration

Restoring antique puppets for future generations to enjoy

Events Schedule

Aladdin

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.

   

The Vaudeville Follies

“The Vaudeville Follies” is a marionette variety show presented in the spirit of the old-time music hall. Our puppeteers perform in full view of the audience. Each performance is designed to engage and enthrall: an opera singer, a trapeze artist, Pierrot and his balloon, a trained dog, and a ballet dancing chicken are just a few of the acts you might see.

   

Jack & the Beanstalk

Our production of Jack & the Beanstalk follows Jack and his trusty companion Buttercup the Cow as they head to the fair. A mysterious peddler trades Jack five magic beans for his cow, and next thing you know, a huge beanstalk grows high into the sky. Jack climbs the beanstalk and discovers a grumpy giant in a castle in the clouds. Does Jack make it back down safely and bring riches back to his mother?

   

Carnival of the Animals

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.

This is a ticketed events. Tickets are available through the White Barn ticket office.

   

Jack & the Beanstalk

Our production of Jack & the Beanstalk follows Jack and his trusty companion Buttercup the Cow as they head to the fair. A mysterious peddler trades Jack five magic beans for his cow, and next thing you know, a huge beanstalk grows high into the sky. Jack climbs the beanstalk and discovers a grumpy giant in a castle in the clouds. Does Jack make it back down safely and bring riches back to his mother?

   
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Want to know more about the history of puppetry in California?

Check out the new book from the founder of the Fratello Marionettes!

A Century of California Puppetry:
How the West was Strung

by Randal J. Metz & Kevin Menegus

Learn about California’s 100+ years of puppetry and the outstanding practitioners of the craft of entertaining with puppets. More than 180 biographies of theatrical performers, film and television artists, and technical innovators paired with historical photos illustrate the state’s rich heritage and unique creativity in this ancient art.

“In a world where entertainment is super-fast paced and high tech, it’s really lovely to be able to enjoy an old-world form of entertainment that stands the test of time.”

— Sophie M.