The Gerwick Puppets shows tour the New England states, occasionally New York and perform with 40 years of experience. The elaborate puppet stage, sets, lights and handmade puppets engage children and family audiences at public performances. We do shows at the Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts, the Worcester Public Library, Worcester, Massachusetts, the Puppet Showplace, Brookline, Massachusetts, The Clark Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Springfield Massachusetts Museum of Art, the Mark Twain House, Hartford, Connecticut, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts, the Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, New York, the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine and repeatedly at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Our shows at schools, libraries, recreation departments, camps and home birthday parties are very popular throughout the Northeast.


The Gerwick Puppets
184 Hildreth Street, Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752-2986
(508) 481-6260

An award winning company that tours throughout New England
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The Gerwick Puppets

Puppet Shows are performed in MA, RI, CT, NH, VT
for schools, museums, libraries and children's birthdays.

Gerwick Puppets shows are designed for middle, upper elementary, primary grades, kindergarten and pre-school. Shows for middle school and upper elementary are keyed to the school curriculum and take their content from American history and literature. Rip Van Winkle closely follows the Washington Irving story from his Sketch Book of 1819 that is considered one of the earliest works of American literature. Pilgrim Adventure to America strives to make understandable the beliefs, needs and conflicts of the early English settlers of New England, notably in Massachusetts, and the Native Americans.
Productions for primary grades and kindergarten are related to the school curriculum and are elaborate and colorful. They range from classic stories such as Aladdin, the fairytale Cinderella, and Aesop's Fables to the nature tales of New England author Thornton W. Burgess. The shows are performed with humor and careful crafting of each individual character.

All Gerwick Puppet shows incorporate music. Classical music predominates and is the main content of Midwinter Magic, a show that visualizes music with puppets, movement and light. It appeals to a family audience from pre-school children to adults. Puppet Play, a show that can be performed outdoors, is built on a jazz score. Enjoyed by all are the holiday shows such as the Halloween Inside the Haunted House that uses atonal music as well as the music of Bach. Pilgrim Adventure to America celebrates the first Thanksgiving and incorporates music of the period.

Deborah Costine, a puppeteer of Gerwick Puppets and performs shows for pre-school, kindergarten, elementary as well as for home birthday parties in the Northeast. Her shows include A Woodland Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs and Other Tales, and 'The Twig Family in the Oak Tree. Cinderella and The Three Little Pigs are designed for an audience of 100 or less. Twig is an intimate show that encourages young children to be aware and attentive to nature. This production is limited to an audience of 35. Turtle's New Home is an environmental puppet show that deals with the habitat of the Blanding's Turtle which is designed for kindergarten and elementary. It can handle audiences up to 250 children.

Puppet workshops show children and adults how to create a useful and sturdy hand puppet. Upper elementary students make puppets of historic figures or characters from American literature. Children in primary grades and kindergarten make characters from familiar stories. These puppets are then used to enact the written stories into short plays. Gerwick Puppets conducts puppet workshops that simplify these stories and transform them into puppet dramas.

Puppet Shows and puppet workshops for all ages are available from Gerwick Puppets. When you want something colorful and exciting, think of a puppet production. Fee information is provided on the Fees page.

Puppet Shows for children.

Deborah Costine Nature Puppets.

Puppet Workshops for children and adults.


Northeast puppet shows for schools, birthdays, all events, children and family