Photo credit – Bruce Zinger


Four classic tales of misadventure, full of venerable folk wisdom from around the world, are retold in a celebration of our shared humanity. Presented in a deceptively simple, low tech style, each story is told using a different style of puppetry, and highlights how we humans can overlook the obvious when we worry needlessly about the impossible, take advice without thinking, or use yesterday’s solutions to solve today’s problems.

Each story is told with a different style of puppetry, from human-sized to hand puppet, table-top to kitchen ware. This is a richly imaginative production that kindles creativity, inspires role play and encourages thinking outside the box.

Directed by Sue Miner; written by Sue Miner, Ann Powell and David Powell; built and performed by Ann and David; and with a music-scape created and recorded by Rick Sacks. 

School touring April 2017. Book through Mariposa in the Schools


  • For family audiences, ages 4 and up
  • for Grades K to 3, audience maximum 200
  • or Grades K to 6 mixed, maximum 250
  • Approximately 45 minutes, plus optional post-performance Q & A.


Excellent presentation; fun was had by the students and teachers. We would have them back again, and recommend to other schools.   Principal, Children’s Garden School

Students loved it! They liked the handmade puppets and using ordinary items.                  A Teacher, Lockview PS

I wish they could come to our school every day!    A Student, Lockview PS


Puppetmongers Studio (many March Breaks), Black Creek Pioneer Village, Puppets Up Festival in Almonte, Carousel Theatre in St. Catharines, and many schools around Toronto and Southern Ontario.

See a short video on YouTube


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