Bits N Pieces & PuppetWorld present 2018 Upcoming Shows

 

ON TOUR NOW

THIS SUMMER –  At Tampa Bay Libraries and Across Florida

Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre, internationally known for its nine-foot-tall giant puppet musicals, goes pint-sized with command performances of its original glove-puppet musical…“The Tale of Peter Rabbit”.  Lyrics by Jerry Bickel, Original Score by Pegg Callahan, Music Arranged by Bill Deloach.

Mischievous Peter learns the hard way “It’s better to be good than bad” when he disobeys his mother. He ventures into Farmer Macgregor’s Garden for a bite of fresh salad and almost ends up in the stew. He hops out into the audience for quite a bit of laughter too.

The original musical is sung live by puppeteer and lyricist, Jerry Bickel.  Bickel received the Distinguished Career Award in Children’s/Youth Theatre from the Florida Theater Conference and has made performance tours across the US and a dozen international appearances in Europe, Asia and South America.

See our Tampa Bay and National Tour Calendars Below

Tampa Bay Calendar

July, 2018

 

This summer in Tampa Bay make Puppets and laugh with Peter Rabbit!

“Peter Rabbit” Tampa Bay Calendar

 

 

 

July, 2018   Tampa Bay Tour Dates and Locations

“The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit”

See you at your local library!

 

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

CALL for the INDIVIDUAL LIBRARY ADDRESS and to confirm TIME

Calendar Subject to Change


WATCH FOR UPCOMING

PUPPETWORLD PLAYHOUSE 2018-19 SEASON

Now through November, 2019  “Peter Rabbit”

December “Winter Tales”

January and February “Three Billy Goats Gruff”

March “Jack and the Beanstalk” or”Little Red”

May-July “The Selfish Giant’s Garden”

June, 2019 “Summer Puppet Classes”

 

Directions to 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

See a scheduled show or call us year-round to arrange a special field trip date-Or arrange for a show at your location. We make it easy to bring a show to you! Contact us!  Call 813-659-0659 or email jerry@puppetworld.com


OUR FLORIDA and NATIONAL TOUR DATES FOLLOW BELOW

 

 

Florida & National Tour

THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF

Tour Opens September, 2018

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

 

Friday & Monday, October 12 & 15, 2018

Mobile, AL

 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bowling Green, KY

 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Melbourne, FL

 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Madison, 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

 

January 15- February 16, 2019

PuppetWorld Playhouse

Field Trips and Public Performances

Dover, FL   813-659-0659

 

Tues-Wed, February 19-20, 2019

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Cartersville, GA

 

Thursday-Saturday, April 4-6, 2019

Galveston, TX

 

Wed-Fri, April 17-19, 2019

Blytheville, AR

 

Unspecified Dates, April, 2019

Arkansas

 

Mon-Tue, May 6-7, 2019

Huntingdon, TN

 

Three Billy Gots Gruff, Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre
Shadow Puppets from Three Billy Goats Gruff

 

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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 2018-19 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.