This charming old world style, 50 seat puppet theatre is just a few blocks south of Circle Center in downtown Indianapolis. Ideal for school groups, scouts, birthday parties and reserved parties. Peggy Melchior, Debbi White and Heidi Shackleford, of MMHP Puppet Productions Inc., present captivating creative puppet shows for children, puppet making day camps and workshops. Handicapped accessible.

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PARKING at Peewinkle's

You may park along the brick wall of the building during your show time. If full, you should park in the Tow Yard Brewery lot, for free. This is to the west of the back portion of Arby's parking lot. Please put the lower part of your receipt on the dashboard. You may park there, 30 minutes before and after the show you are attending. DO NOT PARK IN ARBY'S SOUTH PARKING LOT.

2014 Schedule

Reservations Recommended

When purchasing tickets online: If you are unable to get past Step 2 - the number of tickets you are attempting to purchase are not available. You can either purchase tickets for another show time or call us - we can help you!

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Simply click on Buy Tickets once you have chosen your day and time to purchase tickets.

Feel free to leave us a detailed phone message at 317.917.9454. We check our messages daily and will get back to you as soon as possible.

"Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff"

One Day Only!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

10am & 1pm

Guest puppeteer David Stephen's "Billy Goats Gruff" show has been honored with a Citation of Excellence from UNIMA-USA. In this one-man performance utilizing hand, rod, and glove puppets, Stephens retells classic fairy tales as well as telling a few of his own original tales.

Tickets $12, under 2, free
Tickets for an optional post show workshop, $3, are purchased in studio after show.


Pre-Season Preschool Series

"Peewinkle Joins the Circus"

Sept. 17 - 26, 2014

Tickets $8, under 2, free

Tickets for an optional post show workshop, $3, are purchased in studio after show.


Wednesday, Sept. 17 10am
Thursday, Sept. 18 10am
Friday, Sept. 19 10am
Saturday, Sept. 20 10:30am & 1pm
Sunday, Sept. 21 1pm & 3pm
Wednesday, Sept 24 10am
Thursday, Sept. 25 10am
Friday, Sept. 26 10am

"The slightly Haunted Puppet Studio"

October 11 - 26, 2014

Meet the studio's wacky and crazy Witch Gertrude. She will keep the parents laughing too as she brings out her Halloween friends...captivating the youngsters in the audience.

Tickets $12, under 2, free
Tickets for an optional post show workshop, $3, are purchased in studio after show.
Group rates for 20 or more, please call 317.917.9454


Saturday, Oct. 11 10:30am & 1pm
Tuesday, Oct. 14 10am & Noon
Thursday, Oct. 16 10am & Noon
Friday, Oct. 17 6:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 18 10:30am & 1pm
Wednesday, Oct. 22 10am & Noon
Thursday, Oct. 23 10am & Noon
Friday, Oct. 24 6:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 25 10:30 & 1pm
Sunday, Oct. 26 1pm & 3pm

"Christmas at the Puppet Studio"

Dec. 9 - 28, 2014

Join Mozart and Ludmilla, a couple of ritzy rodents, as they become the emcees of this fun filled musical Christmas variety show. The large marionettes, Frosty, Penguin, singing snowflakes, Hippo, and lots of audience participation, will put youngsters as well as grandparents in the holiday spirit!

Tickets $12, under 2, free
Group rates for 20 or more, please call 317.917.9454
No post show workshops for this production.


Tuesday, Dec. 9 9:30am & 11am
Wednesday, Dec. 10 9:30am & 11am
Thursday, Dec. 11 9:30am & 11am
Friday, Dec. 12 9:30am & 11am
Saturday, Dec. 13 10:30am, 1pm & 3pm
Wednesday, Dec. 17 10am
Thursday, Dec. 18 10am
Friday, Dec. 19 10am & Noon
Saturday, Dec. 20 10:30am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm
Sunday, Dec. 21 1pm & 3pm
Saturday, Dec. 27 10:30am & 1pm

2014 Mini Camps

All Mini Camps are conducted at Peewinkle's Puppet Studio Minimum for all camps is 6 campers. Registration cut off is one week prior to camp. Register online, or by email or by calling 317-917-9454

Saturday, September 13 - Get ready for October... with Bat Marionettes!

9am to 12 noon. Cost $30, limit 10 campers ages 4 1/2 to 10.

Start getting into the Halloween spirit with this workshop which includes a mini puppet show by Debbi, Bat Marionette Construction and a mini batty camper show for parents at the end of the workshop. Bring a snack and your Halloween spirit! Bring your bat to a Slightly Haunted Puppet Show and try it out on the Halloween set!


Saturday, October 4th - Halloween Toy Theater

Create a miniature coffin with "Slightly Haunted Puppet Studio" theme
10am to 3pm - Cost is $60, limit 10 campers ages 9 and up

Toy Theaters go way back in history! They enabled the everyday man, woman and child to bring theatrer into their homes. Our version is a bit haunted! We will make a small coffin and embellish it with a ghost, witch, skeleton, black cat and much more! Bring a sack lunch and your imaginations!


Tuesday, October 14 - "Slightly Haunted Puppet" show and Ghost Marionette Workshop

12 noon to 3pm - Cost $40 - limit 10 campers ages 7 and up

Come and see Gertrude perform her popular "Slightly Haunted Puppet" show (ticket included in $40 fee) and then stay for 2 hours to make your own ghost marionette! You will get to perform on the Slightly Haunted set with your ghost at the end of the workshop. Bring a snack and some ghostly ideas!


Saturday, November 15 - Mouth Puppets Galore!

Session 1 - 9:30 to 11:30am, Session
2 - 12 noon to 2pm (sessions are the same) - Cost $20, limit 10 campers ages 4 1/2 to 12.

Workshop includes a mini show by Debbi, construction of the mouth puppet and a mini show for parents at the end of the workshop. This is a great workshop for individual campers and youth groups (fulfills several badge requirements for scouts. Will extend limit to 16 campers if leaders come to help!) Come prepared to get ‘mouthy'!


Peewinkle's Educational Programs

Peewinkle offers a variety of educational programs to suit all ages and needs. Please refer to our newsletter or contact us by email or phone at 317.917.9454, regarding details.

Workshops and Shows... On the Go!

Book a show or residency at your venue.

"The Comedy Cabaret" is a variety show with large hand crafted trick marionettes, suitable for all ages...toddlers to grandparents!


Residencies will present age appropriate workshops at your school, church or festival. Participants will also learn a bit about the history of puppetry!

E-mail: Heidi or Peggy

Birthday and Classroom Workshops!

Debbi and Trent are available for Birthday Party and Classroom Puppet Workshops. Workshops, suitable for ages 3 and up and are 30 mins to 1/12 hours. Children will talk with Trent, make a simple puppet and perform with their puppets. Fees begin at $125. Debbi has a variety of puppets available (princesses, dinosaurs, flowers, aliens and more!)

Contact Debbi and set up your workshops today!

Peewinkle's Puppet Studio

25 East Henry Street
Downtown Indianapolis
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3608 Woodland Streams Ct., Greenwood, IN 46143

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Celebrating the 31st Anniversary of The Melchior Marionette Theatre in beautiful Brown County!

Visit our summertime venue at The Melchior Marionette Theatre, Westside of S. Van Buren St., Nashville, IN. Shows are on Saturdays, starting on Memorial Day weekend through October.  Closed in August. Shows at 1 & 3pm. These 20 minute cabaret marionette shows have been entertaining tourists for over 30 years!!

NOTE: Tickets to these shows are not for sale online. Please purchase tickets 20 minutes before show times at the theater, the day of the show. Groups over 20, may call ahead to reserve.

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Email us or 800.849.4853

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