The Magic of Elsenpeter Marionettes

Sat, Jul 29, 2023
11:00 am – 11:45 am

Join us for a magical marionette puppet performance!

Three shows! 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm

The Elsenpeter Marionettes, headed by Richard B. Elsenpeter, is a professional full-time performing marionette company who has entertained millions of children in live shows for over 139 years. Besides performing more than 200+ programs nationally each year, Mr. Elsenpeter will write, produce, create, and carve an entirely new program annually. The Elsenpeter Marionettes specialize in children’s classics and adapt stories with which most children are familiar.

The Elsenpeter Marionettes tradition of puppetry started in Elen, Germany, about 139 years ago, by Richard’s great grandfather. Their traditional form of puppetry has been handed down through four generations. Richard describes their approach as the “Old World style of puppetry.” It’s very nostalgic and is rarely seen anymore in America because of its technical difficulties.

To learn more, visit the Elsenpeter Productions website.


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All ages | Performance

Main Library, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B

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