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Wishing Chair Productions

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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String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry (In-Person)

String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry (In-Person)

November 26, 2021 10:00 AM
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
An array of puppets chronicle the history of country music and how Nashville became Music City USA. Featuring marionettes by Wishing Chair Productions and Phillip Huber. Performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Ford Theater. No admission fee is required for the performances. Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes. Recommended for All Ages.
String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry (In-Person)

String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry (In-Person)

November 26, 2021 11:30 AM
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
An array of puppets chronicle the history of country music and how Nashville became Music City USA. Featuring marionettes by Wishing Chair Productions and Phillip Huber. Performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Ford Theater. No admission fee is required for the performances. Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes. Recommended for All Ages.
String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry (In-Person)

String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry (In-Person)

November 27, 2021 10:00 AM
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
An array of puppets chronicle the history of country music and how Nashville became Music City USA. Featuring marionettes by Wishing Chair Productions and Phillip Huber. Performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Ford Theater. No admission fee is required for the performances. Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes. Recommended for All Ages.
String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry (In-Person)

String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry (In-Person)

November 27, 2021 11:30 AM
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
An array of puppets chronicle the history of country music and how Nashville became Music City USA. Featuring marionettes by Wishing Chair Productions and Phillip Huber. Performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Ford Theater. No admission fee is required for the performances. Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes. Recommended for All Ages.
Wishing Chair Productions Story Time (In-person)

Wishing Chair Productions Story Time (In-person)

November 30, 2021 10:30 AM
Main Library
We are back LIVE! The Professor, Library Pete, and Mary Mary welcome you back to the Main Library for more singing, juggling and reading books. Running Time: 30-45 minutes Ages 0 - 6 but all are welcome. Group accommodations are not available for this program time. Story Time is presented in Church Street Park, across the street from Main Library. Program subject to cancellation considering weather and Covid conditions.

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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.

Brian Hull leads a talented group of performers, who create puppets, scenery, and music for original productions. The troupe continues performing original Tichenor shows, such as The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings. Wishing Chair also produces original shows. Many, like Anansi the Spider, reflect the diverse storytelling traditions and cultures of Nashville. Others reimagine classic works like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Wishing Chair Productions partners with cultural institutions like the Nashville Symphony and the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Drawing on Nashville’s own talented musicians and theater professionals enables the troupe to bring each story to life with wonderful music and inventive storytelling.

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.

Each year, over 69,000 children attend the puppet shows and story times at the Main Library. Annual attendance for Puppet Truck performances tops 27,000.

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.

Contact

Bret Wilson, Puppet Truck Supervisor, (615) 880-2263

Marie Preptit, Bringing Books to Life! Program Coordinator, (615) 880-1625

Brian Hull, Wishing Chair Production Company Manager, (615) 862-5788

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