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.
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.
If you had asked Anne Schaefer when she was young what she wanted to be when she grew up, “puppeteer” would never have entered her mind. Now, however, she will tell you she can’t imagine being anything else! After studying art and philosophy in college, Anne took a summer job with the Bennington Puppets of Bennington, VT. The summer job turned into five years of intensive puppetry during which Anne immersed herself in the many facets of puppet theater. In 1993, Anne joined with Peter Schaefer in forming Tanglewood Marionettes. While taking a hiatus from touring to raise a family, Anne transitioned to the roles of Business Manager and Artistic Director for the company. Now that the children are grown, Anne will rejoin Peter on the road and ply the puppets once again!
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.
Perseus and Medusa was terrific and I am so pleased that we were able to still have this program and share it with our third graders. The kids really loved seeing the show and the question and answer session at the end was great too. Peter is sensational. It was also really nice that the in class kids could join with our completely remote students. Can't wait to arrange next year's big show!
The Tanglewood Marionettes just finished 3 shows of Perseus and Medusa at Westfield Middle School. The adaptation of the story, the beautiful artistry of the marionettes and sets were incredible and perfect for this age group. Staff and students were mesmerized by their performance. Peter and Anne also graciously answered many questions after each show. I have been a fan of theirs for years, but to see them perform live after this L-O-N-G year was so uplifting and enjoyable. I speak for our entire school community when I say THANK YOU for a wonderful day.