Wishing Chair Productions & The Puppet Truck

Ellingtown Highlights International Puppet Festival

The Nashville Public Library hosts the bienniel Nashville International Puppet FestivalJune 21 and 22. Once again, puppet troupes from all over the world will perform, and once again, Ellingtown, a joint production of the Nashville Jazz Workshop and the Public Library, will be on the program! Performances are at 4:30 each day of the festival (Friday and Saturday) in the Library's auditorium. Tickets are free (except for a small convenience charge), and are required for admission. Click here for ticket information.


Ellingtown was produced with support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and features the puppetry magic of the Library's world-famous Wishing Chair Productions, and the music by Nashville Jazz Workshop Directors Lori Mechem and Roger Spencer, along with Denis Solee, George Tidwell, and Chris Brown. This magical combination brings the music of Duke Ellington to life for children of all ages -- including adults! The show has been seen by thousands of children and families in Nashville over the past three years -- here's your chance to see it again, or catch it if you missed it first time around.

Ellingtown was part of the inspiration for the Library's new show, "String City," about the history of country music, produced by the Library and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Wishing Chair Productions & The Puppet Truck

Children in Nashville have been enchanted by Nashville Public LIbrary's puppet shows since Tom Tichenor's first production in 1938. Wishing Chair Productions, the library's resident puppet troupe, continures the puppet tradition by creating world-class shows that delight children and adults alike. The Puppet Truck works in conjuncition with Nashville Public Library's pre-literacy program, Bringing Books to Life!. Puppet Truck performers adapt original Whishing Chair Productions performance for outreach across the city.

The troupe continues performing orginal Tichenor shows, such as The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings. Wishing Chair also produces original shows. Many, like Anansi the Spider, reflect the diverse story telling traditions and cultures of Nashville. Others reimagine classic works like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The Puppet Truck works in conjunction with the library's Bringing Books to Life! program to perform live shows at community events. The Puppet Truck allows the library to reach children and school groups who aren't able to visit the library's Children's Theater.

Sat, Jun 22 | 4:30 PM (4:00 Door)
Nashville Public Library
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Roger Spencer

Nashville TN  | 

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