Peter and the Wolf at The Puppet Co. Theatre

My three year old son has been seeing shows at The Puppet Co. Theatre for about a year and loves them all. I’ve learned that I can’t tell my son too far in advance that we are going to see a puppet show because he becomes reluctant to do anything else because he wants to be sure he won’t miss even a minute of the show.
Peter and the Wolf is a one-man show masterfully executed by Christopher Piper.  The puppets themselves are works of art and Piper showcases his talents by giving each character their own voice and distinct personality through voice and movement of the puppets.    Throughout, Piper also manages to seamlessly change the scenery from Grandfather’s House to the forest to a wolf cave and more.

The show begins with Piper introducing the children to the characters and the orchestral instruments that will accompany the Wolf, Peter, and other characters throughout the show.  In typical Puppet Co. Theater style, a classic tale is told with a unique style.

In Peter and the Wolf, young Peter wants to go wolf hunting but his old (and hilarious) grandfather warns Peter that it is too dangerous.  Peter nevertheless ventures out to set a trap to prove his bravery.  During his adventure, Peter encounters Boris the Cat, Jaja the Bird, and Natasha the Duck who all have their own problems, including Natasha loosing her tail feathers to the wolf. In the end, the wolf is eventually caught and sent to the Siberian zoo where, Piper tells the audience, he can still be visited today.

This telling of Peter and Wolf is funny and children laughed throughout the show.  My son was a little confused by the marionettes at first because he is used to puppets that, in his words, “move themselves” while the puppeteer is hidden whereas in this show the puppeteer is seen throughout clearly moving the puppets.

A visit to the Puppet Co. Theatre is always a fun one for parents and children alike!

Tips for Your Visit:

  • Seating is first-come first served with the front of the theatre reserved for children only.
  • No strollers are allowed in the theatre, but there is stroller parking just outside.
  • The show runs about 45 minutes.
  • If your child can’t sit through the show, the performance is broadcast live to a monitor in the lobby so you can keep watching.
  • There is free parking in the Glen Echo parking lot, but it can take about 10 minutes to walk from the lot to the theatre with kids so be sure to leave enough time!
  • The Tales of Beatrix Potter runs from September 14th – September 30th  and shows on Fridays at 11:00 and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.
  • Tickets are $12.  Everyone 2 and older needs a ticket.  Buy tickets here or at the box office.
  • When going to Glen Echo for the show, be sure to spend some time in the park’s fun playground or stop by the branch of Praline in the park for a treat and take a ride on the park’s historic carousel.
  • Group rates and birthday party packages are available.

By Jamie Davis Smith

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