RECAP: Austrailia’s @TerrapinTheatre: “Boats” @SegestromArts #puppetry #theatre

Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (c) Let’s Play OC!
Terrapin Puppet Theatre – Performers
Quinn Griggs and Jeff Michel © Peter Mathe

A couple of weekends ago, I took my son to go see a puppet theater show at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.“Boats” (presented byAustralia’s Terrapin Puppet Theatre) was about friendship, a love story, and life as a mariner. Jof and Nic are really creative in telling their story through everyday objects. It was entertaining and they had us laughing.

Pre-Show Creative Play:
If you arrive early, they have an interactive play session an hour before the show.

NOTE: The Center’s
Education and Community Programs Department offers these enriching
experiences to provide young people and their parents more opportunities
to play together creatively. Studies show that this is critical to
helping children develop their ability to think and problem solve.

Pre-Show Creative Play at Samueli Theater/Segerstrom Center for the Arts (c) Let’s Play OC!

After the show, it was a gorgeous day for walking around. Here are some pictures I took:

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (c) Let’s Play OC!
Segerstrom Hall (c) Let’s Play OC!

If you’re interested in seeing another puppet show, you’re in luck! “Sleeping Beauty Dreams” (from Mexico’s Marionetas de la Esquina) is also here this month. More info below…

Mexico’s Marionetas de la Esquina
performing in
Sleeping Beauty Dreams

as part of their Explorer Series.

(recommended for children ages 4-8)

April 20 and 21

This will be the show’s West Coast premiere!


Written by award-winning playwright and puppeteer Amaranta Leyva, Sleeping Beauty Dreams
is co-commissioned by the Kennedy Center. Marionetas de la Esquina’s
humorous storytelling and whimsical puppetry tells the story of the
famous and overprotected princess who yearns to break free. She goes in
search of finding true love and, in the process, her true self.


Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Samueli Theater
615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA


(714) 556-2787

$20; tickets go on sale March 24
Saturday at 1 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
(The performance on Sunday, April 21 at 1 p.m. will be sign-language interpreted)

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More about Australia’s Terrapin Puppet Theatre:
Terrapin explores digital puppetry, which uses new technologies and cross platform practice to continually challenge and redefine puppetry as a visual theatre form. Terrapin creates new works through research and developmental processes that are designed specifically for each work. While Terrapin reaches to the future in its exploration of form and storytelling styles, it does so with its feet firmly grounded in the age-old craft of puppetry and theatre’s rich traditions. Terrapin’s productions engage all age groups and are designed to tour. The company injects skills and programs into the Tasmanian community, entertaining family audiences and supporting and developing artists.

More about Marionetas de la Esquina:

Marionetas de la Esquina, a puppet theater company from Mexico, has been entertaining children and adults since 1975 and performs shows both in English and Spanish. They have given more than 11,000 performances and 50 workshops and seminars. Since their creation, the company has helped disseminate and develop the art of puppetry in Mexico. The company keeps a repertoire of 10 shows, each a testimony to the company’s wish to experiment with all aspects of puppet theater, from set and puppet design to dramaturgy. The company has a variety of themes, stages and puppets that have won recognition in Mexico and abroad. In 2004, the company was recognized by CONACULTA and included in the program México en Escena (Mexico on Stage), a program that supports experienced and renowned groups. In 2006, company member and playwright Amaranta Leyva received the Mexican National Prize for Children’s Theater for her play The Dress. Also, in 2006 the company was awarded by the National Critics of Mexico. The company’s history has been published in a book titled Marionetas de la Esquina, Tras Bambalinas (Marionetas de la Esquina, Behind the Scene).

Disclosure: I was not compensated for sharing this, however, I received two tickets to
experience the Boats performance with a guest so I took my son. All images copyrighted and used with

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