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Z Puppets Rosenschnoz

4054 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407, United States
Admission: $0.00

While Z Puppets Rosenschnoz may be best known for Monkey Mind Pirates - their puppet rock opera, they have most recently paired up with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre to create Cellula, a puppet show about cells. They also work with the City of Maplewood on the Kid City Project.

Z Puppets is a 2017 recipient of the Sally Ordway Irvine Award, which is given to institutions that "strengthen and enrich the state through their commitment to the arts and arts education." 

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz Presents Cellula

Z Puppets presents CellulaWhile it's run at In the Heart of the Beast has come to an end, Cellula is still available for bookings. This innovative production illuminates and magnifies the true marvels of cell science inside us all with dazzling glow in the dark puppetry and live a cappella music. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz Presents Monkey Mind Pirates

Image Courtesy of Z Puppets Rosenschnoz

Image Courtesy of Z Puppets Rosenschnoz

Z Puppets created Monkey Mind Pirates to help children and families -- especially children with sensory sensitivities -- cope with stress. They perform this "puppet rock opera" at venues around the Twin Cities on a semi-regular basis.

Using art to teach children is a delicate tightrope act that can go horribly wrong. Monkey Mind Pirates achieves this balance. The music is catchy and easy to sing along with. The story is fun and engaging. While families enjoy the music and story, they can learn a little about how to cope with stress. This show is geared toward kids, but the tools they offer are for anyone. Families can sail along with Captain Fitz as he sets out on a quest for the Legendary Island of Calm. When the unruly Monkey Mind Pirates hijack his ship with anxiety, depression and distraction, the Captain goes overboard (literally and figuratively). Underwater, the Captain finally learns to tame the Monkey Mind Pirates. Along the way, the audience also learns to turn “Arghs” into “Oms” with the award-winning, catchy, original songs and lovable puppets of Monkey Mind Pirates.

This show is recommended for age 2 and up -- although my 2 and 4 year old did not make it all the way through. I would definitely show up early for the pre-show happy hour so they could shake out their energy a bit. I would also learn the music ahead of time. It's on YouTube or buy the album (Find links to both below). I like the music enough to play it in the car. With this little bit of prep, I think my smaller kids would enjoy the show more. My daughter, who was 9 at the time, had a good time. We were both singing along throughout the show -- even though we didn't pre-learn the music. Z Puppets also offers a Before You Go Guide to help prepare children for what to expect.

You can buy the CD for this rock opera through our Amazon affiliate link (FFTC receives a small commission on sales).

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The summary above was originally from a post sponsored by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz and contains an affiliate link to our Amazon store where you can purchase the album. However, all opinions are my own and I really did sing along with the music as I typed the article.

Z Puppets Laughter Museums popping up across Maplewood 

Z Puppets has teamed with the City of Maplewood for the second year to create Kid City, a program designed to promote the power of play. One way Z Pupppets is accomplishing this is by creating pop up laughter museums. Play with puppets, peek into dioramas, and hear the giggles and guffaws of community members. Visit one, see 'em all!

Find them Now:
The Octopus at
Maplewood Community Center

The Rocket Ship at
Maplewood Library

The Castle and
The Circus at
Maplewood Mall

Coming Soon:
Crazy Fun at
Maplewood City Hall

Free Laughs with Z Puppets

Free Laughs with Z Puppets

Image courtesy of Z Puppets


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