Winter Sunshine Series

2019 is the 12th season of Winter Sunshine shows!

Southern Vermont’s favorite puppet theater event for young audiences offers a range of live puppet theater performances, workshops and school engagements for affordable prices. Winter Sunshine provides a lively respite from the cold, a creative interlude between snow shoveling and wood schlepping, and the shine of laughter through the darkness of our Vermont winter months.

Public performances are Saturdays at 11 AM and 2 PM at Sandglass Theater
Tickets are $9/ticket. Shows for ages 4 and up.
Reservations highly recommended: or 802 387 4051.
Special performances for school groups on Fridays can be booked by contacting

The Fairy Tailor

by Sarah Nolen


Magical beings are known for their great sense of fashion. But who stitches together all of their stories? Meet the Fairy Tailor, hard at work in her enchanted shop. Watch as everyday garments become extraordinary characters, and share stories of bravery, from “Little Red Riding Hood(ie),” to “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” With the audience’s help, the Fairy Tailor summons the courage to take a stand against a giant, crafting a solution that combines cleverness with creativity. This colorful, interactive production is guaranteed to inspire audiences of all ages.

Recommended for all ages 4 and up. Length: 50 minutes. 

workshop Sunday February 10 at the Putney General Store, 10 am

Pizza Box Shadow Show – Workshop Description
Sometimes Pizza Boxes can’t go in the recycling, so what do you do? Turn it into a puppet show, of course! In this workshopSarah Nolen guides you through the simple steps to turn an empty pizza box into a shadow puppet stage, and how to tell stories with shadow puppets. With this workshop, you can make a show and take it to go! Workshop fee $10.
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Roach Bros





reserve your child’s spot at

About the Artist: Sarah Nolen is a puppeteer and filmmaker originally from Austin, Texas. As Puppet Showplace Theater’s resident artist, she performs regularly for youth and family audiences and teaches puppetry in camps, workshops, residencies, and evening adult classes. Sarah earned her BFA in film from Southern Methodist University, and an MFA in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut. Known nationally for her versatile, witty, and innovative work across multiple puppetry styles, she has appeared in the National Puppet Slam, at the Puppets in Paradise Festival, and the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. Sarah has toured internationally as part of the ensemble for Reverse Cascade, and has performed as principal puppeteer for the immersive multi-media show Pip’s Island in NYC. In Boston, she has worked closely with the Boston Pops Orchestra, performing as a puppeteer/narrator of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and again as a designer/builder of the Arthur Fiedler puppet for “Puppets Take the Pops.” In addition to her work in puppetry, Sarah is an experienced filmmaker with credits that range from reality shows and commercial broadcast TV to Indie features and web ads. In 2015, she received the Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship in support of her television pilot Treeples, a show geared towards empowering girls, which screened at film festivals across the U.S.


Milo the Magnificent

By Alex & Olmsted


Milo the Magnificent is a highly engaging puppet show about an aspiring magician. Using stunningly innovative puppetry, Milo presents a variety of magic tricks which don’t always go as planned.  Alex and Olmsted unmask the tricks of magic, revealing the true magic of communal play and the potential of shared joy. All ages.

“Milo is a bit of a cardboard character, but you can’t blame him for that. He’s a puppet: specifically, a huge cutout fellow, whose arms, hands and feet belong to one of his creators, and whose changing facial expressions are recorded on flippable circular cards. The duo Alex & Olmsted — Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas — invented his world, which includes other puppets made of cleverly repurposed materials. Milo, appearing here as part of the Just Kidding series, aspires to be an illusionist, and while his tricks and experiments rarely work out as planned, children will still find them magical.”

– Laurel Graeber, The New York Times

About the Artists: Alex & Olmsted have been making puppets together since 2010.  In recent years, they have performed at the international Puppet Festival Chuncheon in South Korea, the Festival de Casteliers in Montréal, Symphony Space and LaMaMa in New York City, The Puppeteers of America Festival, and two National Puppet Slams. “Milo the Magnificent” was awarded a 2017 Jim Henson Foundation Grant, a Greenbelt Community Foundation Grant, and received an excellent hit in the New York Times. Alex & Olmsted are resident artists at Baltimore Theatre Project.  They are also proud company members of Happenstance Theater with whom they have created 9 productions since 2012.


The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea

By Crabgrass Puppet Theatre


crabgrassfbbannerA pirate and a princess are each searching for hidden treasure. The princess stays one step ahead of the pirate with every clue. They quickly discover the benefits of cooperation! Inspired by their success, the pirate and his new princess friend sail off together in search of further adventure.

About the artists: Crabgrass Theatre is an award-winning touring puppet theatre founded in 1982 by Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall. Jamie and Bonny met in 1979, while performing in Laughingstock!, a puppet-and-actor production at the University of Connecticut in which Bonny played Jamie’s father. They have been working together ever since!


To find out how to involve your school/organization contact:

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Many thanks to the New England Foundation for the Arts for their support of the Winter Sunshine Series for families.


Are you or your business looking for a great way to increase your exposure to a diverse audience of young families, while at the same time, helping to provide world class entertainment for children in and around southern Vermont?  Contact us about some exciting sponsorship and underwriting opportunities for the upcoming 2017 season!