Puppets, Please

Puppets Please is a marionette show done by mother-daughter team, Shirley and Terry McManus. Shirley and Terry create all of the puppets, storylines and music for their show.  Audience members will watch and listen, as the holiday themed puppets dance to the music, and are invited to interact with the show.

Naomi Smith, youth services librarian for the Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, commented: “Puppets Please is one of my favorite performances each year. We have families who come back year after year for the show. It is really fun to see the children’s eyes light up when they see the puppets, interact with the puppets, and sing along to favorite songs.” This production has become a staple of holiday tradition in the Parkland/Spanaway library, performing every December for the past 20 years.

Naomi’s favorite story is My personal favorite about the bear that’s  lost his underwear (it’s chasing him!), sung to the tune of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. “There is a mixture of old favorites and new puppets every year. Shirley and Terry are great about interacting with the children. The puppets will get up close for the children to hug and play with them.” Shirley and Terry are very perceptive about noticing when a child is uncomfortable with the interaction, or with the puppets being too close.

Although the program is recommended for young children (the targeted age is preschool to 2nd grade), it is enjoyed by families with children of all ages.

Puppets Please will be performing at several Pierce County Libraries, December 14th – 21st. The full list of performances are available on this flyer. All performances are free, but some locations require tickets, which are available the day of the event.

The Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library located at, 13718 Pacific Avenue S., Tacoma, WA 98444 performance will be on Saturday, December 21st , at 10:30 am in the Meeting Room. No registration or tickets are required to the event, but arriving early is recommended. Plenty of free parking is available.

For more information, please contact the Parkland/Spanaway Library at (253) 548-3304 or check the events calendar at www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar.

By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com
Edited by Reba Winstead, editor for Tacoma.com