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Phone: 866-792-9953
For grades: elementary
Fees for live visit: 1 show $710, 2 shows $1,110, 3 shows $1,360


Bilingual Musical Puppet Show »

Your puppet performance brought literature to life
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Dream Carver is a 45-minute bilingual musical based on the children’s book of the same name written by Diana Cohn and illustrated by Amy Cordova. It tells the story of Mateo, a young boy growing up in Oaxaca, Mexico whose father has taught him to carve small wooden toys in the traditional way. One day, as Mateo is sitting under a large tree, he dreams of fantastic, brightly colored animals. When he wakes up, he is impelled to bring them to life. Feeling that his father doesn’t support him in his creative endeavor, Mateo secretly sets out to create the animals he saw in his dream.

Dream Carver features a variety of colorful, handcrafted puppets, including large-scale, full-body hand puppets and rod puppets. The set evokes a pastoral Mexican landscape and captures the essence of the book’s illustrations.

The show features Broadway-trained puppeteers whose credits include Avenue Q, The Pee-wee Herman Show, and The Muppets. The message of the show is delivered in five original songs that encourage young audiences to think creatively, try new things, and follow their dreams.

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Founded in 2004 by twin brothers Sean and Patrick Johnson, Swazzle ( is a Glendale-based company specializing in puppetry for film, television and the stage. Together with their troupe of professional puppeteers, they have performed hundreds of shows in venues across California. Sean and Patrick have also worked on The Muppets, The Simpsons, The Pee-wee Herman Show, and PBS Kids Sprout, as well as numerous projects for The Jim Henson Company and The Walt Disney Company. Additionally, they teach puppetry technique to actors and comedians from The Groundlings for The Jim Henson Company.

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