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.

   

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.

   

The Art of the Puppet

The Fratello Marionettes delivers an interactive presentation on the art of puppetry – from creation to performance. The puppeteers will demonstrate hand puppets, rod puppets, and specialized trick marionettes. After each vignette, they will cover an aspect of the puppet building process. The presentation ends with a look behind the scenes and a Q&A session.

   

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.

   
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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.