Folktales with a Twist

Shows

All shows in Penny’s repertoire are original works. Penny’s imaginative shows take the audience on a magical, musical journey. There are so many shows to choose from or Penny can Custom make one for your events special needs.​

We have quite an extensive list please scroll down the page for full selection. Penny is always happy to help you pick a story that fits your needs.

Penny Walter
MA Education
(503) 282-9207 or 
Penny@PennyPuppets.com

The Little Red Hen

The Little Red Hen wants to grow a garden but her friends are to busy to help. Watch this resourceful rocking chicken as she plants, tends, harvests and bakes the bread.

The Gingerbread Man

Granny gets lonely and decides to make a Gingerbread man from a magic cookie recipe, but oops she leaves him in the oven to long and the adventure begins. Join us for this Mini- musical fun adventure and modern day twist on this endearing folktale.

The Princess and The Peanut

Princess Robin gets stuck in a rainstorm on her way to the library. She stops at the nearest castle for shelter. The Queen of the castle lets her stay the night but is not sure that Robin is a really princss. See what the queen does to find out.

Turtle and Rabbit

Rodney the Rabbit thinks he is the fastest animal around and is so busy exercising he never stops to eat, sleep or even make friends.Until the day Myrtle the Turtle challenges Rodney to a race. root for and sing along with your favorite character as the race unfolds.​

Mother Goose on the Loose:

We are ready to have fun with songs and dancing puppets with our special guest Mother Goose, Oh No! Mother Goose hit her head and can’t remember who she is. Help the puppets sing and dance and chase Mother Goose back to her old self. Fun for all ages.

3 Billy Goats Gruff

This adaptation of the traditional tale will be a favorite for all ages. The mean and friendless Tully the troll guards a bridge that crosses to yummy beautiful green pastures. The hungry 3 Billy goat brothers would like to cross it and eat what is on the other side. Help them find a solution why we sing, dance and cheer on the three clever Billy goats as they try to go across the bridge and outsmart the Bulling troll. A mini- musical original by Penny’s Puppet Productions.

Intergalactic Soup

 This is a spin off modern day tale of the traditional folktale “Stone Soup” Zorn from the planet corn gets stranded when his space ship runs out corn oil. He is hungry and in need of a meal. Join him and a cast of characters who learn that sharing is not only fun but can also taste good.

Red Hen and Fox:

Poor fox just can't get any sleep no matter what he tries. Chamomile tea, counting sheep even a warm glass of milk won't put him to sleep. Then he finds a book 101 ways to fall asleep by Ru Sleepy, He's tried them all, chamomile tea, counting sheep even a warm glass of milk won't put him to sleep. Except for the 101st one, make a pillow with the feathers of a busy Red Hen, and then for certain he will fall asleep. Follow fox has he attempts to catch
​The Red Hen's Tail feathers for his pillow. Silliness, laughter, singing and dancing are unavoidable in this twist on the traditional tale.

The Fisherman and His Daughter: 

Modern days twist on the traditional German tale"The Fisherman and his Wife". The poor Fisherman catches a magic fish one day and for his kindness in releasing it back into the water the Magic Fish gives him three wishes. His Daughter who enjoys their sudden good fortune wishes for bigger and better things each time and is Greedy. Find out what the final outcome is in this new mini-musical puppet show by Penny's Puppet Productions.

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New Releases 

Winter:

Fox and Rabbit (Nov 2016)

​It's wintertime in the meadow, food is scarce and all of the animals are gathering food before the next winter storm. Mrs. Rabbit is out in the middle of the meadow when Fox sneaks up and startles her. The chase is on. Enjoy the winter scenes and animals friends along the way in this original mini musical by Penny's Puppet Productions.

Spring 2017 (March 2017)

The 3 Little Pigs and the Huffy Puffy Wolf

 Join Penny's Puppets on this Musical journey for this traditional tale with a twist. Yes, the 3 little pigs all have to move out of moms house and build houses on their own. Yes, the Big Bad Wolf huffs and puffs and tries to blow all their homes down. But in the end where does all this huffing and puffing get him. Tired and alone. Discover some coping skills when having a bad day and laugh and rejoice with the 3 little pigs and their unlikely friend the Huffy Puffy Wolf.


Fun for all ages


And they are Off (Chinese New Year)

a Zodiac puppet show to help celebreate the Chines New Year. The Jade Emperor wants a way to tell the passing of time. How about an animal to represent each year.Lets have a race to see what order they will go in. The animals race across the river to see who will get to the other side first. Enjoy this musical puppet show.

Basil The Bookworm's Trip Around The World:

Basil is a shy, studious friendly monster show loves to read. She loves all the different places she can visit just by opening a book. Join Basil as she discovers new friends and cultures and finds strengths in herself that she never knew she had. come sing and laugh with us in this new puppet adventure.

Batunia’s Nocturnal Wonderland

Join Batunia the Bat on a musical tour of the creatures that come alive under the night sky. See the beautiful night world in a whole new light. New puppet, songs and special effects make this a show not to miss.

Betty the Clumsy Ballerina

Betty loves to dance, in fact that is all Betty really loves to do. Betty would like to be a professional Ballerina someday. The only problem is Betty has a hard time staying up on her toes. Watch Betty and cheer her on as she finds her true gift in dancing.

Dakarai and The King's Wishes

Dakarai has lived in the same town all of his life, but in his imagination he travels the world on magical journeys everyday. One day hereceives a letter from King Cole and he is off on his first real adventure to grant the kings wishes and meet some very valuable friends on the way. Bring unforgettable journey of kindness.

Dream, Sparkle, Shine!  (this was our summer 2016 show a big hit)

Faye the Fairy has a dream to earn her wings at the Wonderful Festival with all the "perfect" Fairies, but she is having a hard time getting her spells to work out right. Join her as she makes new friends in the enchanted forest who help her learn about herself and the importance of being just who you are!  Meet an array of fun characters like Little Bigfoot, Puss in Boots, Baby dinosaur and many more. Enjoy this original Mini-musical by Penny's Puppet Productions. Dream Big, Sparkle More and Shine Bright!

Down in the Burrows

Join the Puppets "Dig In” and meet the creatures who live underground. Little Squirmy the Wormy leaves her teddy bear outside. Ferret finds it and keeps it for himself. Join the chase to get Beary back to Squrimy. Fun, dancing, laughing and audience participation are unavoidable.

Fay the Fairy and the Pine Tree.

Ever wish you were something that you are not? Newton a little Fir tree wishes his pine needles were more important and beautiful to help him stand out, so much so that he makes a wish upon a falling star. Fay the Fairy comes to grant his wish. But is it really what Newton needs? Join us in this adaptation of a classic folktale and sing, laugh and dance our way to the answer. A mini- musical original by Penny’s Puppet Productions.

Mother Goose on the Loose:

We are ready to have fun with songs and dancing puppets with our special guest Mother Goose, Oh No! Mother Goose hit her head and can’t remember who she is. Help the puppets sing and dance and chase Mother Goose back to her old self. Fun for all ages.

Myrna The Mermaid and The Golden Key

On one of her daily dives Myrna the mermaid finds a golden key and a Treasure map. Join Myrna as she swims around the world trying to find clues to what the key unlocks. Go to far off lands, meet fun new friends and sing, laugh and dance in this nautical fun filled adventure.

School Days

It's time for Donkey to go to school but RT can't find him anywhere, When he does, Donkey is not sure he wants to go to school. What if he doesn't make any friends? What if he doesn't like his teacher? What if it isn't fun? Help Donkey walk through the door of his new classroom and get the answers to all of his questions. ( a good getting ready for Kindergarten)

Scouts's Grand Adventure

Scout is an Ant who is in charge of finding a new home for the rest of her ant hill. Join Scout as she makes unlikely new friends along the way on this Grand adventure.​

Super Hero Machine

Super Donkey believes that everyone has a super hero inside of them waiting to be discovered. So he builds a machine that will help his friends discover their superpowers. “Watch out Super Donkey” Vinnie the Villain wants to steal the Super Hero machine and make it his own. Come sing, laugh and discover the surprise ending to this heroic tale. An Original mini-musical puppet production by Penny’s Puppet Productions.

Super Donkey's Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Super Donkey is at it again, He is here to not only save the day but also Planet Earth. Super Donkey goes around Puppet town teaching its residents to stop and think before they throw garbage away. Can you Reduce? Reuse? or Recycle? Join Penny's Puppet Productions cast of characters get down with cleaning up Puppet Town. Fun, Laughter and Puppets! Enjoy this Mini- musical puppet show original. 

Tales of Two Tricksters

Join Bear and the other animal people tell tales of Raven and Coyote. Two very sneaky tricksters. Join them as they trade tales and get into all sorts of trouble in this new puppet show. Buffoonery as well as bravery unites the two Native American folklore stars as they sing and dance their way throughout this interactive performance presented by Penny’s Puppet Productions.

Three Cheers for Trees

Let’s Celebrate Trees with this sing along show. Trees are everywhere we go but do you really know much about them. Lets hear what they have to say in this fun environmental puppet show.​

The Boogie-Woogie Puppet Show

Get Ready to stop, sing and dance like you have ants in your pants. The puppets are putting on a rocking, sing along dance party for your pleasure and they want you to join the fun. Fun for everyone!

The Gingerbread Man

Granny gets lonely and decides to make a Gingerbread man from a magic cookie recipe, but oops she leaves him in the oven to long and the adventure begins.

The Little Red Hen

The Little Red Hen wants to grow a garden but her friends are to busy to help. Watch this resourceful rocking chicken as she plants, tends, harvests and bakes the bread

The Magic Book

Robin is visiting her grandmother for summer vacation and helping her clean out her attic, when she discovers a magic talking book. The magic book invites Robin into its pictures and stories. Soon Robin finds herself inside the book and all of its adventures, meeting dragons, whales and a bee named Buzzy. After a full day of play, Robin wants to go back to Granny's attic but how? It takes some creative ideas from Buzzy the bee to get Robin back home. Join the colorful cast on this musical adventure! Big Fun.​

​The Mitten

a spin off from the traditional Ukrainian tale. Rough and Tumble is having a winter sledding party but his friends get lost on the way in a snow storm. Find out where they hide way from the storm to keep warm and dry until.......

The Princess and The Peanut

Princess Robin gets stuck in a rainstorm on her way to the library. She stops at the nearest castle for shelter. The Queen of the castle lets her stay the night but is not sure that Robin is a really princss. See what the queen does to find out.

The Sharing Carrot

A winter cold day and food is scarce, yet rabbit finds not one but two carrots. Rabbit decides to share his extra carrot with his good friend Lamby, who intern shares it with Donkey and Donkey with....

Turtle and Rabbit

Rodney the Rabbit thinks he is the fastest animal around and is so busy exercising he never stops to eat, sleep or even make friends.Until the day Myrtle the Turtle challenges Rodney to a race. root for and sing along with your favorite character as the race unfolds.

Where is Lilly The Catapilly?

Everyone loves little Lilly the caterpillar, she is friends wit everyone, but one spring day when she was supposed to go to a tea party the loveable Lilly doesn't show up. Enjoy this musical mystery and find out just what has happend to Lilly.

Whiz, Bang, Boom, Professor Gabby's in the Room

Come and discover the many different sides of Science with the very excitable Professor Gabby. Science isn’t just beakers, test tubes and explosions. Everything you see and touch has a science behind it. From Animals to Dinosaurs, to what you eat and drink Professor Gabby will take you on a Science adventure you won’t soon forget. Get inspired to learn more from this musical Whiz, Bang of a Puppet Production!

Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?

Grandma made a batch of her famous cookies for her granddaughter , but every time Granny leaves the room and comes back a cookie ends up missing. Never Fear! Super Donkey is out to solve this mystery with clues left by the cookie thief.​​




The Shows
All shows in Penny’s repertoire are original works. Penny’s imaginative shows take the audience on a magical, musical journey. Audience participation is unavoidable. All shows include Music, dancing and audience participation. They are essentially Mini- Musical puppet shows.

"With such a wealth of programs to choose from, be sure to talk with Penny about your expected audience and get advice about which shows are best matches.”
​-Clair -Eugene Public Library Youth Librarian-

Available Shows

Birthday Parties (please go to our Birthday Party Page for show choices and more info on birthday parties)

Animals create their worlds. They build shelters and gather food. Like you animals live in a home. Find out what it would be like to build like a bee, a bird, a beaver and many more animal friends. Join Penny and her musical cast of animal puppets sing, laugh and build their worlds. An interactive puppet musical fun for all ages.

A Note From Penny:

Dear Friends, Families, Fans, Puppets are my life. I love performing for the pre-K and K-3 set, and my training in early education informs my work. All my shows are original mini-musicals. Each show I create is designed to inspire the audience to participate, to interact with the story. I want to instill a love of music and language. I want to stimulate imaginations. I believe that puppets are one of the best ways to support a child’s emotional development. Puppets naturally help in developing an appreciation and awareness for our similarities and acceptance of our differences.

About Penny:

Every kid has a big dream and Penny’s was to be a puppeteer. Ever since she caught a glimpse of the Muppets at the age of 3, Penny was hooked. But it wasn’t until after she had earned her Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood and had finished her Masters of Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University, that Penny finally followed her dream and became a full time puppeteer and storyteller. Penny’s Master’s Thesis was “Teaching with Puppets in the Classroom.” In 2002, Penny started Penny’s Puppet Productions. Penny has created over 50 original story-musicals that feature dozens of puppets with their own unique personalities and voices. Penny performs in pre-K and K-3 classrooms, is a favorite at local libraries, and is a regular at community festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest. She also appears as an “Artist in Healthcare” at Emanuel Children’s Hospital. In the Fall of 2012 Penny had the pleasure of touring Colombia, South America on a puppet tour and performed over 60 shows in just 30 days for children ranging in age from 4-17 years old.​

  Toddlers
   Preschool (Pre-K)

Many More shows to choose from please scroll down the page.

Special Shows Available for Middle School and High School Audiences.

Workshops and Classes

Teaching with Puppets” Workshop

Tapping into her educational training and experience, Penny offers a workshop exclusively for educators that adds new teaching skills and makes learning fun, while meeting key educational standards.  $500.00

Making Puppets come alive:

I can come into your classroom and do a residency and help your students make their puppets come to life and perform a small skit by the end of our time together, Session times and length vary on your classrooms and school’s needs, let’s talk and see what we dream up special for your kids.

Create A Puppet Show

Penny will come in and work with your students on character building and story form and Puppet theater productions. She will help create a puppet show from your theme or original stories.


Animals Build It!

“The Audience can become so involved with the interaction of the puppet that they do not realize they are learning.”

Penny has performed at several summer camps and Teacher in service day's presenting her work to both Children and Adults. Penny also did a month long tour in Colombia, South America, where she performed and worked with students and puppetry
​from ages 3 years up to 17.​

Proving "Puppets are fun for Everyone!"

Audiences

Puppet Shows

(Scroll down to see show selections)

Summer 2017
​(Build a Better World- Puppet Show)​

Help Teens Create a show from their own stories or Book/theme:

Penny will come in and work with your students on character building and story form and Puppet theater productions

My Own Two hands:

Penny will perform her story “My Own Two Hands”. Props, puppets and music are used throughout and Penny will be in front of the curtain during the performance. It is Penny’s personal story of how She became a puppeteer after college. It’s a story of trusting your heart and following your dreams, and never give up because of bullies. It is very inspirational to teens and young adults.

Custom made shows:

Don’t see a theme you need let Penny know she can custom make a show to suit your specific needs - Additional fee will be charge depending on the research and time that goes into each well thought out program.

   ​Elementary (K-3)
   ​Family (all ages welcome)

Special Shows for Teens

Birthday Parties (please go to our Birthday Party Page for more info on birthday parties)

Ted E. Bear’s Surprise

It’s Ted E. Bear’s birthday but no one is around to help him celebrate. Find out where his friends are and what they are up to. Join Frank the Mouse, Robin, and Donkey while they prepare for the big surprise.​

Mother Goose on the Loose

We are ready to Celebrate with fun songs and dancing puppets and our special Guest Mother Goose, but Oh No! Mother Goose hit her head and can’t remember who she is. Help the puppets sing and dance and chase Mother Goose back to her old self. Fun for all ages.

The Princess and the Peanut

Princess Robin gets stuck in a rainstorm on her way to the library. She stops at the nearest castle for shelter. The queen of the castle lets her stay the night but is not convinced that Robin is a real princess. See what the queen does to find out!

Turtle and Rabbit

Rodney the Rabbit thinks he is the fastest animal around and is so busy exercising he never stops to eat, sleep or even make friends.Until the day Myrtle the Turtle challenges Rodney to a race. root for and sing along with your favorite character as the race unfolds.​​​

Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?

Grandma makes a batch of her famous cookies for her granddaughter Robin, but every time Granny leaves the room and comes back a cookie ends up missing. Never fear, help is on the way Granny! Super Donkey is out to solve this mystery with clues left by the cookie thief.

Whiz Bang Boom Professor Gabby's in the Room

Come and discover the many different sides of Science with the very excitable Professor Gabby. Science isn’t just beakers, test tubes and explosions. Everything you see and touch has a science behind it. From Animals to Dinosaurs, to what you eat and drink Professor Gabby will take you on a Science adventure you won’t soon forget. Get inspired to learn more from this musical Whiz, Bang of a Puppet Production!

Myrna The Mermaid and The Golden Key

On one of her daily dives Myrna the mermaid finds a golden key and a Treasure map. Join Myrna as she swims around the world trying to find clues to what the key unlocks. Go to far off lands, meet fun new friends and sing, laugh and dance in this nautical fun filled adventure.


Super Hero Machine

Super Donkey believes that everyone has a super hero inside of them waiting to be discovered. So he builds a machine that will help his friends discover their superpowers. “Watch out Super Donkey” Vinnie the Villain wants to steal the Super Hero machine and make it his own. Come sing, laugh and discover the surprise ending to this heroic tale. An Original mini-musical puppet production by Penny’s Puppet Productions.

For More information
​Please Contact:

“Penny tickles children’s imaginations with creativity,
​a sense of humor, and her delightful, joyful presence.”

Tara M. Papandrea,
​Portland Children’s Museum

Seasonal Ideas:(spring, summer, fall, winter-yet some are good all year around)

Spring:​

​Where is Lilly The Catapilly?

Everyone loves little Lilly the caterpillar, she is friends wit everyone, but one spring day when she was supposed to go to a tea party the loveable Lilly doesn't show up. Enjoy this musical mystery and find out just what has happend to Lilly.

Scout's Grand Adventure

Scout is an Ant who is in charge of finding a new home for the rest of her ant hill. Join Scout as she makes unlikely new friends along the way on this Grand adventure.

Three Cheers for Trees

Let’s Celebrate Trees with this sing along show. Trees are everywhere we go but do you really know much about them. Lets hear what they have to say in this fun environmental puppet show.

Down in the Burrows

Join the Puppets "Dig In” and meet the creatures who live underground. Little Squirmy the Wormy leaves her teddy bear outside. Ferret finds it and keeps it for himself. Join the chase to get Beary back to Squrimy. Fun, dancing, laughing and audience participation are unavoidable.​

Summer:

Myrna The Mermaid and The Golden Key​

On one of her daily dives Myrna the mermaid finds a golden key and a Treasure map. Join Myrna as she swims around the world trying to find clues to what the key unlocks. Go to far off lands, meet fun new friends and sing, laugh and dance in this nautical fun filled adventure.

Fall:​

Sweet Tooth The Ghost

Frank the mouse and Robin are getting ready for their costume party but their treats keep disappearing. help them solve the mystery of teh missing candy and also make a new friend.

Gourdenia’s Harvest Festival

Come explore the Garden as the fall harvest season is in full Swing. A Parade with songs, laughter and silliness starts out the fun. Meet Gourdenia who is the master of Ceremonies, Roll with laughter with Punky the pumpkin and hear silly jokes from the corn sisters.

Winter:

The Mitten

a spin off from the traditional Ukrainian tale.  Rough and Tumble is having a winter sledding party but his friends get lost on the way in a snow storm.  Find out where they hide way from the storm to keep warm and dry until.......

The Sharing Carrot

A winter cold day and food is scarce, yet rabbit finds not one but two carrots. Rabbit decides to share his extra carrot with his good friend Lamby, who intern shares it with Donkey and Donkey with....​

SnowBrite

Snowbrite the snow girl was built by some children that visited the woods for the day. On a magical full moon night she comes alive. Join Snowbrite as she hurry’s to make friends under the night sky before the sun comes and melts her away. Fun lights, music and dancing are all included in this original puppet play.

The Gingerbread Man

Granny gets lonely and decides to make a Gingerbread man from a magic cookie recipe, but oops she leaves him in the oven to long and the adventure begins. Join us for this Mini- musical fun adventure and modern day twist on this endearing folktale.