Bits N Pieces & PuppetWorld present Three Upcoming Shows

 

ON TOUR NOW

CLICK to watch “It’s Lucky You Know!”

 

Aesop’s Dinosaur Fable is a mammoth musical featuring nine-foot-tall, dancing, glow-in-the-dark puppets, live actress wee TryANTasaurus, and animated puppet projections.  Based on “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” the Farmer Ant’s Almanac predicts an ICE STORM blowing their way. Soon it’s going to snow and snow and snow. Stage magic and imagination transform the classic story into a musical fable for today.

 

TOURING TO YOU SOON

CLICK to Watch a Preview.

Bluff, Fluff and Tuff Gruff must cross a bridge guarded by a Bully Troll. They must cooperate, communicate and negotiate. Working together, we can succeed.

THIS SUMMER –  Puppet Camp, Workshops & Peter Rabbit

Flopsy, Mopsy and Jerry Bickel

Performances  across Hillsborough County. PuppetCamp and Workshops at PuppetWorld Playhouse.

Puppet Workshop, Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre
Holli Rubin, Workshop Leader

 

Florida & National Tour

2017-18 Season 

CURRENTLY ON TOUR

AESOP’S DINOSAUR FABLE
National Tour starring Bits ‘N Pieces GIANT Puppets

 

“It’s Lucky You Know” with TriaANTaaurus and Greenthing the Dinosaur

April 5-7  – Galveston, TX

April 13 – Rector, AR

April 18-20 – Blytheville, AR

April 23 – Pocahontas, AR

April 25 – Newport, AR

May 2-4 – Miami, FL

June 2 – Tampa, FL

THE MUSICAL TALE OF PETER RABBIT

FLORIDA TOUR OPENS JUNE 2, 2018

Call your local library for more information.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Downtown Central Library, Orlando, FL

 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Merritt Island Library, Merritt Island, FL

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Braden River Library, Bradenton, FL

 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

West Regional Library, Plantation, FL

 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Eatonville Library, Eatonville, FL

 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Hiawassee Library, Orlando, FL

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Edgewater Library, Orlando, FL

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Southeast Branch Library, Orlando, FL

 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Tavares Library, Tavares, FL

 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Belleview Library, Belleview, FL

 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Chickasaw Library, Orlando, FL

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Herndon Library, Ocala, FL

 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Embry Library, Dade City, FL

 

OPENS SEPTEMBER, 2018 ON NATIONAL TOUR

THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF

Three Billy Goats Gruff, Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre

Call Bits N Pieces GIANT Puppet Theatre at

813-659-0659 for location and time.

 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Greenville, MS

 

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 9-10, 2018

Hattiesburg, MS

 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bowling Green, KY

 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Melbourne, FL

 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Morganton, NC

 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Ashland, KY

 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

West Palm Beach, FL

 

Tuesday-Friday, November 27-30, 2018

Ocala, FL

 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Cartersville, GA

 

Thursday-Saturday, April 4-6, 2019

Galveston, TX

 

Unspecified Dates, April, 2019

Arkansas

 

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Presenters

Looking at your next season’s bookings? Please call to hold a special date. Call Jerry at 813-659-0659 or email for info on booking for our 2016-17 season national tour. Already booked your date? Go to Presenter’s page.

All Dates and Locations Subject to Change

Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre gladly accepts additional engagements throughout the touring season. Most requests may be accommodated by linking with the existing schedule.

Please telephone your local arts agency, call our studios at 813-659-0659 or email us for the latest calendar information.

Giant Puppets

Puppetry of GIANT Proportions

In the beginning the company used traditional forms of puppetry, combining as many as ten types of puppets in one production. It was while performing in large theatres that the concept of nine-foot-tall puppets was inspired. The experiment with these towering, fanciful creations was so successful that the giant body puppet became the company’s larger-than-life hallmark. Now the giant puppets perform in each of Bits ‘N Pieces’ original musical adaptations of classic children’s literature.

GIANT Puppet Shows

  • Aesop’s Dinosaur and the Ant
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Cinderella and the Chinese Slipper
  • Gaspar the Florida Pirate
  • The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • Igor Stravinski’s Petrushka
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Princess Thumbelina
  • Puss in Boots, the Magical Cat
  • Rip Van Winkle
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • The Ugly Duckling starring Pinky Flamingo

Got No Strings GIANT Puppetry Exhibition

Got No Strings is a 5,000-square-foot exhibition of giant puppets from Bits ‘N Pieces productions. This participatory exhibition documents the puppeteers’ creative process from conception of a show through rendering, construction, rehearsal and production. It was first curated by John Streetman III, Executive Director of the Evansville (Indiana) Museum of Arts and Science where it premiered for 16,000 patrons in 1999. The Got No Strings giant puppets have been exhibited in:

  • Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa, Florida
  • Munich Children’s and Youth Museum, Munich, Germany
  • Museum of Arts and Science, Evansville, Indiana
  • Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, Florida
  • Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Florida

Read more on Got No Strings.

 

Tampa Bay’s PuppetWorld Playhouse

There’s always something going on at Bits ‘N Pieces Theatre’s PuppetWorld™ Playhouse. It’s where marionettes, rod puppets, and glove puppets come together to bring classic children’s tales to life.

Puppet shows based on classic children’s literature are presented throughout the year at PuppetWorld. Up to 60 people can be accommodated in the enchanting PuppetWorld Playhouse, where there’s ALWAYS a puppet show for you. It’s an ideal venue for school field trips and large groups. How to get to PuppetWorld.

Our Traditional Puppet Shows

  • Georgie Grouper
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Robin Hood
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • Selfish Giant
  • The Wizard
  • Three Wishes
  • Where is Santa?
  • Winter Tales

See Our Tampa Bay Calendar

PuppetWorld Tickets

$8.00 general admission, babies under 24 months free; school groups of 15+ should call (813) 659-0659 for discount info. Performances at PuppetWorld include show, puppet-making workshop and behind-the-scenes tour of Bits ‘N Pieces puppet-building studio where you can walk among our GIANT puppets. RESERVATIONS are STRONGLY SUGGESTED at PuppetWorld Playhouse.

Payment

You can make your reservations through our online ticket system and pay with:

  • CREDIT CARDS or PAYPAL when you buy your tickets online.
  • CASH or CHECKS ONLY at the door. Sorry, NO CREDIT CARDS at the door.

See the individual show listing for the online ticket system links.

Advance Tickets

ALL ADVANCE TICKET SALES INCLUDE RESERVED SEATING in the rows with the best vantage point. Tickets purchased by credit card or checks received PRIOR to the performance date get the best seats in the house. Ticket sales at the door are general admission only.

Individuals, families and groups can call to arrange a performance any weekday.

Can’t Make It to PuppetWorld for a Show? We Bring the Show to You!

Most requests for performances can be reasonably accommodated.  Find out how easy it is to bring a show to your event. Email jerry@puppetworld.com or call (813) 659-0659 for information on how to schedule a performance at your location.

Groups should contact us prior to performance for purchases.

Checks should be made payable to Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre and mailed to us at 12904 Tom Gallagher Road, Dover, FL 33527.

Tampa Bay Calendar

PuppetWorld Summer, 2018

 


June, 2018

Puppet Workshops, Puppet Camp, Puppet Shows

This summer  make Puppets, see Giant Dinosaurs and laugh with Peter Rabbit!

June 6-8, 2018

WORKSHOP FIELD TRIPS  10:30-11:30am  Make a Cardboard Puppet and perform.

General Admission $8.00   Call 813-659-0659

 

June 11-16, 2018

PUPPETCAMP  9am-12noon

Attend one day or every day Monday through Saturday. Learn a new story each day and make a new puppet to perform it at PuppetWorld PuppetCamp. One day make a rod puppet and present “3 Billy Goats Gruff”. The next day hand puppets hop in “Peter Rabbit”. Scarf marionettes will dance “Bolero” and Glittery Cats meow in “Millions of Cats”. Sock puppets and shadows rock in “TV Puppet Magic”. On Saturday we’ll wear noses and celebrate with a “Pinocchio Puppet Piñata Party”.

General Admission $20.00/day or $100.00/6 days   Call 813-659-0659

“Aesop’s Dinosaur Fable”

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Seminole Heights Library

Tampa, FL

“Aesop’s Dinosaur Fable” with Giant Glo-In-The-Dark Dinos!

June 2, 2018  Saturday  Three Shows!

GIANT Summer Opener

Seminole Heights Library, Tampa FL

Summer Reading Program GRAND OPENING

GIANT GLO-IN-THE-DARK DIOSAURS in

“Aesop’s Dinosaur Fable”


“Peter Rabbit”

June & July, 2018

Tampa Bay, FL

“The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit”

See you at your local library!

Summer 2018 Library Tour

“The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit”

All Performances Open to the Public

Call your library for details

 

June 5, 2018 Tuesday

Jan Platt Library  2 & 3:30pm

Tampa, FL

 

June 7, 2018 Thursday

Bruton Library  3pm

Plant City, FL

 

June 8, 2018 Friday

Ruskin Library @ Firehouse  10am

Ruskin, FL

 

June 13, 2018 Wednesday

Riverview Library  10:30am & 2:30pm

Riverview, FL

 

June 14, 2018 Thursday

Bloomingdale Library  2pm

Tampa, FL

 

June 19, 2018 Tuesday

West Tampa Library  10:30am

Tampa, FL

 

June 19, 2018 Tuesday

Hudson Branch Library  2pm

Hudson, FL

 

June 20, 2018 Wednesday

Bartow Library  10:30am

Bartow, FL

 

June 20, 2018 Wednesday

Puppet Workshop!

Centennial Park Library  2pm

Holiday, FL

 

June 22, 2018 Friday

Regency Park Library  11am

New Port Richey, FL

 

June 28, 2018 Thursday

Upper Tampa Bay Library  3pm

Tampa, FL

 

June 29, 2018 Friday

Jimmie B. Keel Library  2:30pm

Tampa, FL

 

July 3, 2018 Tuesday

Town & Country Library  1:30pm

Tampa, FL

 

July 10, 2018 Tuesday

Seffner-Mango Library  3pm

Seffner, FL

 

July 11, 2018 Wednesday

New River Branch Library  10:30am

Zephyrhills, FL

 

July 11 2018 Wednesday

East Branch Library  2pm

Clearwater, FL

 

July 12, 2018 Thursday

Thonotosassa Library  10:30am

Thonotosassa, FL

 

July 17, 2018 Tuesday

Countryside Library  2pm

Clearwater, FL

 

July 17, 2018

Temple Terrace Library  6:30pm

Temple Terrace, FL

 

July 18, 2018

Embry Library  10:30am

Dade City, FL

 

July 18, 2018

Egypt Lake Library  1:30pm

Tampa, FL

 

July 23, 2018

Brandon Library  3pm

Brandon, FL

 

July 24, 2018

Lutz Library  2 & 3:30pm

Lutz, FL


Calendar Subject to Change

See a scheduled show or arrange for a show at your location. We make it easy to bring a show to you! Contact us!

Call us year-round to arrange a special field trip date and performance for your group.


PUPPETWORLD PLAYHOUSE

From Downtown Tampa take I-4 east to Exit #14 McIntosh Rd.

One mile south to 12904 Tom Gallagher Rd., Dover, FL 33527
General Admission $8.50/ Group Rate $6.50/ Children under 2 yrs old Free