Bits N Pieces & PuppetWorld present 2018-19 Upcoming Shows

June and July, 2019 around Hillsborough County

The Selfish Giant’s Garden

Selfish Giant Puppet Show

Hillsborough County FREE Performances

Presented by the Hillsborough County Public Libraries.

Friday, June 7, 2019 at 10:00 am

Ruskin Library at Firehouse Cultural Center

101 1st Ave. Ruskin, FL 33570

Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Lutz Library

101 Lutz-Lake Fern Rd., W., Lutz, FL 33548

Happi Holli’s Puppet Making Workshop (Ages K – 3)

Monday, July 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Jimmie B. Keel Library

2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa FL 33618

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Egypt Lake Library

3403 W. Lambright St., Tampa, FL 33614

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Brandon Library

619 Vonderburg Dr., Brandon, FL 33511

Friday, July 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Town N Country Library

7606 Paula Dr., Suite 120, Tampa, FL 33615

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm & 2:30pm

SouthShore Library TWO performances

15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin 33573

Recent Performances

March, 2019

Visit Grandma with Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood


January & February, 2019

A Fun Tale of Old Norway. We wouldn’t Kid ‘ya!

“Three Billy Goats Gruff” at PuppetWorld Playhouse


December, 2018

“Winter Tales” featuring three stories to keep your heart warm.

Winter Tales


October & November, 2018

The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit


Find Out About Upcoming Shows!


See our Tampa Bay and National Tour Calendars Below

Tampa Bay Calendar

Upcoming Tampa Bay Performances

Calendar 2018-19

Meet you at the Show!

“The Selfish Giant’s Garden”

THE SELFISH GIANT’S GARDEN

Friday, June 7, 2019 at 10:00 am

Ruskin Library at Firehouse Cultural Center

101 1st Ave. Ruskin, FL 33570

Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Lutz Library

101 Lutz-Lake Fern Rd., W., Lutz, FL 33548

Happi Holli’s Puppet Making Workshop (Ages K – 3)

Monday, July 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Jimmie B. Keel Library

2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa FL 33618

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Egypt Lake Library

3403 W. Lambright St., Tampa, FL 33614

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Brandon Library

619 Vonderburg Dr., Brandon, FL 33511

Friday, July 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Town N Country Library

7606 Paula Dr., Suite 120, Tampa, FL 33615

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm & 2:30pm

SouthShore Library TWO performances

15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin 33573

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

PRINCESS THIMBELINA

Tour Opens September, 2019

“Thimbelina meets the hoppy green toad from France”.
“A Sparrowhawk teaches Thimbelina why to fly away for the winter.”

Call Bits N Pieces GIANT Puppet Theatre at

813-659-0659 for locations and time.

Recent 2018-19 Tour

THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 On Stage

A Different Puppet Musical Every Year!


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
  • Petrushka
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Puss in Boots, the Magical Cat
  • Rip Van Winkle
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • The Ugly Duckling starring Pinky Flamingo
  • Thimbelina

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
  • Robin Hood
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • Selfish Giant
  • Three Wishes
  • Where is Santa?
  • Winter Tales

See Our Tampa Bay Calendar

PuppetWorld Tickets

$8.50 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.