Spring into action with Puppets Up!

It’s kick-off time for the Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival and what better way to start things off than with a series of three charming children’s puppet shows for kids 4 – 10 at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum!

Puppets Up!, in partnership with the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, invites parents and grandparents and anyone who loves puppets to buy a ticket and take a kid to one or all of these shows. Leave your worries about COVID or street re-construction behind and take a break to come and enjoy the silly antics of some very entertaining puppet characters. It will put you in the mood for the main event in August!

Plus Nick, the festival mascot, will be onsite to say hello and take some selfies!

The shows!

Pirate Treasure
(Rock The Arts Puppets – Carp, ON)

April 2, 2022
11 am and 3 pm

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
(3 Rosamond St E, Almonte)

. Led by Sarah Argue, Rock the Arts Puppets have developed six shows and toured across Canada. Sarah and her creatures celebrate kindness, laughter, and imagination. Set sail with Creatureville’s comical pirates as they uncover shiny treasure and random carrots!


Punch and Judy: The Silly Version
(Bob Stutt – Pembroke, ON)

April 9, 2022
11 am and 3 pm

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
(3 Rosamond St E, Almonte)

Revisit the antics of Punch & Judy with master puppeteer Bob Stutt. Known for his work on TV shows like Fraggle Rock, Under the Umbrella Tree, and The Big Comfy Couch, Bob is a friendly, funny, fantastic performer in person, too. Watch out – Iggy the Iguana may show up as well!

Felicity Falls
(Rag and Bone – Orleans, ON)

April 23, 2022
11 am and 3 pm

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
(3 Rosamond St E, Almonte)

A group of stuffed animal friends find a new home in the Ottawa Valley in this heartwarming play from Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre. John Nolan and Kathy MacLellan have been delighting audiences for decades, with lively puppet shows based on traditional tales and Canadian stories.


A big thank you to Curator Michael Rykley-Lancaster and the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum for being our partner for this series of puppet shows and for allowing us to use his beautiful heritage gallery and museum. Thank you for supporting the Puppets Up! Festival.

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