Thistle Theatre specializes in tabletop Bunraku-style of puppetry and presents a season of puppet theatre for schools and families in three locations: Bellevue Youth Theatre in Bellevue, Washington, Magnuson Park Theatre and Sunset Hill Community Club in Seattle. 4 show season runs October to May. Thistle Theatre tours when not in residence.
TOURING SHOW- Aesop's Fables
Duration: 45 minutes
Audience Size: 50-350
Puppet Style: Tabletop Bunraku
Stage Size: 12' x 10' x 8'
Description: Aesop was born a slave in 6th Century BC and is heralded as one of the great moral teachers of all time. Aesop tells three entertaining stories of animals that have human foibles and strengths: "The Raven and the Swan" set in Greece, "The Lion and the Mouse" set in Egypt, and "The Tortoise and the Hare" set in Byzantium (now Istanbul, Turkey). Music for production composed by Sue Ennis.
RESIDENT SHOW- Tiger and the Dried Persimmon
Dates: 2014 – Magnuson Park: March 1, 2. Bellevue Youth Theatre: March 8, 9. Sunset Hill Community Club: March 15, 16
Showtimes: Seattle 1:00 and 3:00pm; Bellevue 2:00 and 4:00pm
Description: A young tiger, thinking he is the fiercest in all Korea, ventures down a mountainside in search of food. He overhears a mother trying to stop her daughter from crying with a piece of dried persimmon (kotgum). The silly tiger thinks the kotgum must be a very frightening creature if it can instantly stop a child from crying. Afraid that the kotgum will find him, the tiger hides in the barn where a thief is hiding!
RESIDENT SHOW- Tales of Peter Rabbit
Duration: 45 minutes
Dates: 2014 – Magnuson Park Sunset Hill Community Club: April 30, May 2. Bellevue Youth Theatre: May 14, 15, 16
Description: The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Benjamin Bunny are combined to reveal the beloved world of Beatrix Potter. On a beautiful summer morning the lovable hedgehog, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, merrily journeys to the fir tree home of Mrs. Rabbit. She is delivering the freshly washed clothes of Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter. Little does she know that Peter is going to wear his clean blue jacket on a dangerous adventure in Mr. McGregor s garden!