How to Put on a puppet show

Whether you use shadow puppets or marionettes, put on a fanciful puppet show with these tips.

Step 1: Decide on script

Decide on the puppet show script you wish to use. Write your own dialogue for a creative, personalized touch, or use an already-written script.

TIP: Puppet show scripts are available online.

Step 2: Create puppets

Who said puppet shows aren't cool?! Puppet shows are fun and easy entertainment for children or an audience that knows how to have fun. Check out this video to learn how you can effectively put on a puppet show.

Choose the type of puppets you want to use. Simple sock puppets are easy to make, and hand puppets are available at stores and online.

Step 3: Build a stage

Build your puppet theater. Consider cutting, painting, and decorating a large cardboard box, or building a stage and set out of wood.

TIP: Make sure the stage and props are built to scale, based on the size of your puppets.

Step 4: Rehearse

Gather your performers and run through the puppet show. Rehearse using your character's voice and movements.

Step 5: Entertain your audience

Set up a curtain behind the stage, so you can hide it during the performance, and your audience can stay focused on the puppets. If performers make a mistake, improvise. Take a bow at the end.

Did you know? Puppetry has been part of every civilization in history.

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