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Sadly, in January of 2019, In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre announced it would be significantly reducing its operations in 2019. What does this mean to fans? This could be the last year of the MayDay Celebration, unless local partners step in. It also could mean the end to Saturday Puppet Theatre. At this point, we'll have to wait and see. Read more here. Donate here.
In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre is located in the historic Avalon Theater in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis. They offer a variety of family friendly events and shows throughout the year, including Saturday Shows for Kids, free shows at Calhoun Square, a Christmas Nativity (La Natividad), and the annual MayDay Celebration and Parade at Powderhorn Park.
Saturday Puppet Theatre for Kids
This year, the Saturday puppet shows will being January 6, 2018 and run through March 10, 2019. Find the full schedule in our Performing Arts Calendar. Each Saturday there are two shows to choose from -- 10am & 12pm. Some shows are in English and others in Spanish.
No reservations are necessary. This is a pay what you can show, but $7 is the suggested donation amount. Seating is limited and early arrival is encouraged.
Afterwards, for an additional fee of $5 per child and $3 per adult, families can stick around for a make-n-take workshop that goes along with the theme of the show. Pre-registration for the workshops is encouraged. Call 612-721-2535 the previous week.
La Natividad - A Walking Nativity Puppet Theatre
La Natividad is a mobile, outdoor procession re-enacting the nativity through a two-block walk from the Avalon Theatre to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, followed by a fiesta with music and food. In the Mexican tradition of La Posada, this show is performed in both English and Spanish)
Annual MayDay Parade and Festival
IHOB has been organizing the MayDay Festival since 1975 and has grown into a beloved annual event. Beginning in February, IHOB invites the public to start collaborating toward the event with brainstorming sessions and float workshops. Community members, including families with children, are invited to participate in these free workshops to help create a float for the parade. Both the MayDay festival and the parade are free to attend. Read more about it here.
Volunteer to Usher
IHOB sometimes needs volunteer ushers, which offers the perk of seeing the show for free. If you are interested in ushering, email boxoffice @ hobt.org to volunteer and learn more. Ushers generally arrive one hour prior to showtime and help fold and distribute programs.
Past IHOB Puppet Theatre Shows
- In the Heart of the Beast presents FREE Puppet Shows at Calhoun Square this Summer
- In The Heart of the Beast’s Puppet Lab: Emerging Artists — Date Night (with kids?)
- Strombolli’s Medicine Show Opens Tomorrow at In the Heart of the Beast