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

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.

   

Mother Goose Land

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.

   

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.

   

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.

   

Mother Goose Land

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.

   
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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.