Winter Sunshine Series

About the event

The 15 season of Southern Vermont’s favorite theater program, dedicated to serving children, family and teachers through the art of puppetry, ran throughout March 2022. Over the course of the month, we presented four exciting companies that specialize in puppet theater for young audiences, four weeks of free online puppet workshops and two school shows for Putney Central School and The Grammar School. Workshops had support from the Putney Public Library who funded, prepared and made available materials kits. The series featured:


Under Night Sky
follows three children on journeys united by threads of courage, love and hope. Unravel the stories of the Underground Railroad stitched together in Grandmother's patchwork quilt. Under Night Sky blends hand-held lights, illustrated paper puppets, music composed by Oviedo Menendez, and character storytelling to create a style of puppetry that flows like film

Scotty Swan
Urban Wizard Academy
a unique blend of sleight-of-hand magic, puppetry and improvisation that is woven together in an exhilarating show that gets the audience up off its feet to become part of the performance.

Sandglass Theater
with a special musical score composed by Molly Gawler and the Gawler Family Band. Oma says that knitting is not just pom pom hats and sweaters. Oma's knitting contains whole stories!

The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The town of Hamelin has a rat problem, and there's only one person who can help! CactusHead Puppets brings the story of The Pied Piper to life in this comedic, updated adaptation of the traditional folktale.

Free Online Workshops
Shadow Puppet Show with Sarah Frechette
Sock puppets with Sandglass Theater
Paper Plate Marionette with Sandglass Theater
Clothespin Talking Puppet with Sandglass Theater

Thank you to all of the artists and audience who joined us this year! We look forward to seeing you again at next year’s events.

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Thank you to our funders

Performances by CactusHead, Puppetkabob and Urban Wizard Academy are funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.