Tanglewood Marionettes

Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally touring marionette theater based in Massachusetts. Skilled puppeteers who have spent many years perfecting their art perform classic tales. Tanglewood Marionettes travels with a self-contained marionette stage that has integrated lighting and sound systems. The programs are presented with the marionettists in full view, so that the audience can witness firsthand the mechanics of puppet manipulation.

Perseus and Medusa

tanglewood Marionettes - masterful puppetry performances for school assemblies

Tanglewood Marionettes – masterful puppetry performances for school assemblies

Take a trip back in time to the dawn of civilization, to an ancient world of gods, goddesses, prophecies, and heroes. In this masterful production, your students will accompany Perseus through personal trials and glorious quests. Join Tanglewood Marionettes for its lavish production featuring beautiful handcrafted marionettes, scrolling sets, exotic music, and much more.


Duration: 45-60 minutes
Audience Limit: 250
Target Grades: 1-12

Tanglewood Marionettes - masterful puppetry performances for school assembliesThe Fairy Circus

Tanglewood Marionettes’ presentation of The Fairy Circus begins with a demonstration of the art of puppetry. Through humorous interplay, the audience will learn about various forms of puppets, from the simple glove puppet to the sophisticated marionette. Then it’s on with the show! Featuring over twenty beautifully handcrafted marionettes, The Fairy Circus is a showcase for turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers!

Duration: 40 minutes
Audience Limit: 250
Target Audience: Pre-K – 3

Post-Performance Puppeteering Workshop

PMWHeadShot b&wParticipants will experience firsthand what it is like to work a professional-quality marionette which has been balanced and tuned like a fine instrument.  Students will begin with simply manipulation, such as turning the puppet’s head or raising its hand, and then progress to compound movements, such as sitting or walking.  Master puppeteers will demonstrate some of the tips and tricks they have learned in over thirty years of experience in the field of puppetry.

Duration: 45-60 minutes
Participants: up to 25
Target Grades: 4-12

PRICING (performance/day)
Perseus and Medusa
Single: $820   Double: $1,312  Triple: $1,722   Quad: $2,050
Fairy Circus
Single: $519   Double: $830   Triple: $1,089   Quad: $1,297
Post-Performance Puppeteering Workshops
Travel Fee: based upon mileage (calculate below)


  • both shows can be scheduled in the same day
    for the price of 2 “singles” ($1,260 + travel)
  • pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Tanglewood Marionettes Performance Requirements

Perseus and Medusa Educational Materials Grades 1-5
Perseus and Medusa Educational Materials Grades 6-8
Fairy Circus Educational Materials

“Today’s show was phenomenal!!! My 6 year old came home raving about it – she had to tell me, then her brother and then my husband and she tried to re-enact parts of the performance. Very cool show..Can’t wait to bring them back next year.”-Michelle Lucas, Thomas Hamilton Primary School, South Weymouth, MA

Peter Schaefer
Peter Schaefer was born into a family of puppeteers, and has been performing with hand puppets, rod puppets, and marionettes since he was knee-high. After refining his skills with a local puppet company for several years, Peter purchased a marionette show from a retiring Boston puppeteer and launched his own company – Mountain Marionettes. After touring nationally for two years under the aegis of National School Assemblies, Peter decided to join forces with a fellow puppeteer and form a new company – Tanglewood Marionettes. Over his professional career, Peter has brought his unique marionette artistry to hundreds of thousands of children and families throughout the United States.

Jennifer Tebo
Jennifer Tebo discovered her love of puppetry while pursuing a degree in Theater and Classical Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She began with a focus on Acting but quickly discovered an interest in technical theater, including lighting, costume, and especially scenic design. It was Jenn’s Scenic Design Professor, Miguel Romero, who cast her in her first puppet show, and who put her in contact with Anne and Peter Schaefer of the Tanglewood Marionettes. In addition to the Marionette, Jenn has experience in Hand, Rod, and Shadow puppetry as well as Bunraku, a traditional Japanese puppetry. She has been touring with Tanglewood Marionettes since her graduation in 2004 and plans to spend a lifetime in puppetry.


Wednesdays and Thursdays strongly preferred.

Note: National rate of .55/mile