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Wishing Chair Productions, the library’s resident puppet troupe, continues the puppet tradition started in 1938 by Tom Tichenor. The troupe creates world-class shows that delight children and adults alike.

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A Child's Calendar

A Child's Calendar

December 9, 2022 10:30 AM
Main Library
John Updike’s collection of poems for children is transformed into a delightful musical puppet show that takes us through the seasons month by month. Sarah Hart and Brian Hull score this special adaptation with original music. Group Reservations Required for 10 or more: Special performances are provided for groups on designated Thursdays during the run of the show. Call the Children’s Department at Main to make your reservation: 615-862-5785. Unfortunately, there is no bus parking at the Main Library.
A Child's Calendar

A Child's Calendar

December 9, 2022 11:30 AM
Main Library
John Updike’s collection of poems for children is transformed into a delightful musical puppet show that takes us through the seasons month by month. Sarah Hart and Brian Hull score this special adaptation with original music. Group Reservations Required for 10 or more: Special performances are provided for groups on designated Thursdays during the run of the show. Call the Children’s Department at Main to make your reservation: 615-862-5785. Unfortunately, there is no bus parking at the Main Library.
A Child's Calendar

A Child's Calendar

December 10, 2022 10:30 AM
Main Library
John Updike’s collection of poems for children is transformed into a delightful musical puppet show that takes us through the seasons month by month. Sarah Hart and Brian Hull score this special adaptation with original music. Group Reservations Required for 10 or more: Special performances are provided for groups on designated Thursdays during the run of the show. Call the Children’s Department at Main to make your reservation: 615-862-5785. Unfortunately, there is no bus parking at the Main Library.
A Child's Calendar

A Child's Calendar

December 10, 2022 11:30 AM
Main Library
John Updike’s collection of poems for children is transformed into a delightful musical puppet show that takes us through the seasons month by month. Sarah Hart and Brian Hull score this special adaptation with original music. Group Reservations Required for 10 or more: Special performances are provided for groups on designated Thursdays during the run of the show. Call the Children’s Department at Main to make your reservation: 615-862-5785. Unfortunately, there is no bus parking at the Main Library.
Wishing Chair Productions Story Time

Wishing Chair Productions Story Time

December 13, 2022 9:30 AM
Main Library
Join Library Pete, Dr. Ev and their puppet friends as they sing, juggle and read books. Story Time is presented in the Children’s Theater. Cancellations may occur. Please consult the library website: http://www.library.nashville.org/wishingchair, Wishing Chair Productions Puppet Troupe Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WishingChairProductions or call the Main Children’s Department for information. Recommended for ages 2 - 6 but all are welcome. Run Time: 30 min. Group accommodations are not available for this program time.

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About Wishing Chair Productions

Puppet Troupe

Children in Nashville have been enchanted by Nashville Public Library’s puppet shows since Tom Tichenor’s first production in 1938. Wishing Chair Productions, the library’s resident puppet troupe, continues the puppet tradition by creating word-class shows that delight children and adults alike.

The Wishing Chair Puppet Truck program began in 2005. The Puppet Truck works in conjunction with the library’s Bringing Books to Life! program to perform live shows at community events. The Puppet Truck allows the library to reach children and school groups who aren’t able to visit the library’s Children’s Theatre.

The Tichenor Legacy

Tom Tichenor was only 15 when he staged Puss In Books at the Nashville Public Library in 1938. In 1947 he was hired as part-time staff member and began regular marionette shows for the library.

Wishing Chair Productions is proud to preserve Tom Tichenor’s memory through the continued use of his beloved marionettes and puppets.

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