The Shadow Box Theatre, a musical puppet theatre for children, is famous for its creative and interactive performances.
Shadow Box Theatre Main Stage shows are performed at multiple venues across the boroughs in New York City - and you come to us! These venues include where we are based, P.S. 3/ The Bedford Village School (Brooklyn), as well as Symphony Space (Manhattan), City Tech Auditorium (Brooklyn), Jamaica Performing Arts Center (Queens), and Hostos Community College (The Bronx). We transform the large auditoriums in each of these spaces into a fully functioning, wildly magical theatre space with modern lighting and sound. Our shows can have anywhere between 4-10 incredible puppeteers, musicians and performers telling the story with live music, colorful sets and, of course, puppets!
Shows are based off the stories and illustrations in our Read-Aloud Books and Move-Along CDs, and are completely interactive. Through singing, chanting and movement, children become a part of a story they are actually helping create. Besides the five venues we are performing at this year, we have also brought our full-sized shows to other incredible venues, including Lincoln Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, American Museum of Natural History, National Black Theatre and Smithsonian Institute (Discovery Theatre).
Story Book Theatre: Stories that Sing are smaller-scale shows that are performed all around New York City - and we come to you! With seven productions currently in our traveling repertoire, they're perfect for schools, community centers, or daycare/nursery facilities. Although we recommend these shows, which include a storyteller/puppeteer and a musician, for intimate settings like classrooms, libraries and playrooms, we also can accommodate and fully engage up to 150 children in a cafeteria, gym or auditorium.
The Story Book Theatre: Stories that Sing are designed for closeness and intimacy as well as mobility and ease of production- our sets an puppets are smaller, and there are no special lighting or sound requirements to worry about. And while the physical size may be scaled down, our energy, creativity and interaction with the children stay the same. Whether we're performing for 400 people or 14, our energy and commitment remain as limitless as a child's imagination.