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Thistle Theatre: A Puppet Theatre for Families

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27 Seasons of Puppet Theatre!

Welcome to the 2018 -2019 Season!

Thistle Theatre is pleased to present another year of affordable, professional puppet theatre for families and schools at three locations in the Puget Sound area. We have simplified our ticket structure to include one price for all, which makes transferring tickets easier than ever particularly when it comes to the unpredictability of life these days. Purchasing a season ticket gives you one show for free, which is a savings of $10. A season ticket is flexible to use at any of one of our three locations and at the time of your choice.

Thistle Theatre specializes in a tabletop style of Japanese puppetry called Bunraku. Puppeteers, dressed in black, operate the handcrafted puppets from behind for realistic movement. Thistle Theatre serves as a training ground for puppeteers/actors, designers, puppet builders, songwriters and playwrights. The puppets, props and scenery are designed and created by Thistle Theatre artists. Our productions are carefully crafted to have layers of action and language to please audiences of all ages.

The accomplishments of our 26 previous seasons include:

  • Performing Scheherazade with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999 with eight puppeteers and touring with three symphonies in the Pacific Northwest made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 
  • Thistle Theatre performing at two National Festivals, Seattle in 1999 and Atlanta in 2012
  • Grant Funding from The Jim Henson Foundation including: a Seed Grant for “Frog Lake” (performed with an orchestra), and three Family Grants for “Two Bad Mice”, “King of Dinosauria” and “The Funny Woman Who Lost Dumpling”. 
  • Thistle Theatre has been a guest company in five seasons at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, the largest puppet center in the USA.

Main Stage Productions

This season's featured productions are approximately 45 minutes. Please allow time to visit with puppets and puppeteers after the show.  We have three locations with free parking at each location.

We recommend this season’s shows for 3+ to 103! Our shows are not recommended for toddlers and we charge admission for all children except for babies in arms. Please remind your child’s school about our weekday school shows and workshops. There is a discounted school price and are booked by reservation only, no walk-up.

Other services

  • Celebrate birthdays at one of our performances or enjoy one of our birthday shows in your home.
  • Small show classroom visits
  • Workshops for children, adult and teachers

Please donate

We invite you to add a donation to your ticket order this season to support our effort to bring quality puppet theatre to children and families in need. Through Thistle Theatre's Children's Ticket Subsidy Fund we are able to give discounted tickets to low-income children and families at all three of our locations.

We sincerely thank 4Culture - King County Lodging Tax and our generous individual donors for their support.

On behalf of the Thistle Theatre Board, artists and puppeteers, we look forward to seeing you at a magical season of puppet theatre.

Jean Enticknap - Artistic Director


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2018 -2019 Season

Goldilocks and the Three Bears The Gingerbread Man The Magic Teakettle Aesop's Fables

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Gingerbread Boy

Magic Teakettle

Aesop’s Fables

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Attention Teachers!
Attend our day time school shows, Click on School Schedule Mailer above for locations dates and times.
Tickets $7 per child/chaperone - teacher free!
Book 2 shows for $6.00 per person per show
Book 3 or 4 shows $5.00 per person per show

The Magic Teakettle

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The Magic Teakettle



A teakettle is placed over the fire for the tea ceremony and it sprouts a tail, a head and the four legs of a Tanuki (a raccoon-like animal found in Japan).  Fearing it, the priest returns the Tanuki to Suzu, the peddler woman. Grateful for her kindness, the Tanuki reveals he is Bumbuku Chagama, a teakettle of good luck who can perform acrobatic tricks.


Family Show Times:
TICKETS: $10.00

BYT Crossroads:
16051 NE 10th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008
March 2, 3 @ 2:00pm and 4:00pm

Magnuson Park Theatre:
Theatre Building #47
7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115
March 9, 10 @ 1:00pm and 3:00pm

Sunset Hill:
Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle
March 16, 17 @ 1:00pm and 3:00pm

School Show Times:
TICKETS: Students and Chaperones: $7.00; Teachers: FREE

No walk ups, reservations only as some shows do not book.

BYT Crossroads:
16051 NE 10th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008
Feb. 27, 28, March 1 @ 10:30am and 12:30pm

Magnuson Park Theatre:
Theatre Building #47
7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115
March 6, 7, 8 @ 10:30am and 12:30pm

Sunset Hill:
Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle
March 13, 15 @ 10:30am and 12:30pm


Let Thistle Theatre star at your Fundraiser!
Bring the Thistle Theatre production to your school, community center, auction or fundraiser at a discounted price. We will provide the production at a flat fee and all you have to do is sell tickets to your event! Combine with an auction, family fun night, spaghetti feed, ice cream social or simple bake sale.

We can give your child a Birthday he or she will not soon forget!

"Mrs. Periwinkle and Possum"

“YO! HO! HO! The Pirate Show!

"Dance Around the World with Jennifer "

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Ages 3 and up



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