Aesop’s Dinosaur Fable

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.

Actress and puppet builder Holli Rubin performs as wee TryANTasaurus, hardest worker in the forest.  Puppeteer and lyricist Jerry Bickel performs as the happy-footed giant green dinosaur.

The musical was inspired by the theater troupe’s cultural exchange projects in Trinidad. Cool classic Greek and hot Island motifs mix in the music, dance and design of the show. Audiences in Japan, Czech Republic, Taiwan and the US have laughed, clapped and shared a whole lava love for Aesop’s Dinosaur Fable.

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National Tour

2017-18 Season 

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

September 21 – Greenville, MS

October 12 –  Mobile, MS

October 17 – Carrollton, GA

October 19 – Newnan, GA

October 30 –  Wilkesboro, NC

November 17 – West Palm Beach, FL

November 27-December 1 – Ocala, FL

January 8-February 2, 2018 – PuppetWorld at Tampa, FL

April 5-7  – Galveston, TX

April – Blytheville, Rector, Newport, AR

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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

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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

2017-18 Puppet Performance Season at PuppetWorld Playhouse

“Rumpelstiltskin”

“Rumpelstiltskin” by The Brothers Grimm

Thursday and Friday, November 2 & 3, 2017 at 10:30am

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 11:00am

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“Where Is Santa?”

“Where Is Santa?” by Frank L Baum (“Wizard of Oz”)

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 10:30am

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11:00am

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“Aesop’s Dinosaur Fable”

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

Thursday and Friday, January 11-12, 2018 at 10:30am

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00am

Available for School Groups January 10-February 2, 2018


“Little Red Riding Hood”

The Worldwide Favorite  “Little Red Riding Hood”

Thursday and Friday, February 8-9, 2018 at 10:30am

Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00am


“Peter Rabbit”

“The Mischievous Adventure of Peter Rabbit”

Thursday and Friday, March 8-9, 2018 at 10:30am

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11:00am


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