Summer Show


Of Wings and Feet

Join Paperhand this summer for a whimsical, paradoxical juxtaposition of myriad forms and flights of fancy. Everything moves! And yes, we move. Forward hopefully.

Tortoise from Paperhand’s 2017 show “Of Wings and Feet”

Spend an enchanted evening discovering what it means to be human… when you’re a bird. Or, a turtle. Or, in a circus of traveling revelers. Witness the living land and waters breathing and moving with the sky in an epic pageant of the ages. See, hear, and feel all this and more at our 18th annual giant puppet spectacle for all!

Using masks, big puppets, stilts, painted cardboard, shadows and illumination, Paperhand explores story, reflects on life’s mysteries, deepens our connection, and inspires young and old. An all new original score by an all-star Paperhand band with Shana Tucker, Beverly Botsford, Jonathan Henderson, Will Ridenour, Quran Kerriem, “pro” Pete Lewis!


At the Forest Theatre
123 South Boundary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514Aug 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27
Sept 1-3. Labor Day: Sept 4

Performance begins at 7pm with a 6:20 pre-show.

Matinees Sunday Aug 27 & Sept 3

On Matinee Sundays an additional early show will start at 3pm with a 2:20 pre-show, followed by the evening performance beginning at 7pm, pre-show at 6:20.

*Saturday shows at the Forest Theatre usually sell out! Get there EXTRA early or, if possible, choose a Friday or Sunday. Same great show, more elbow room.

Tickets are only available at the door. No pre-sale tickets. General admission.Pre-show Performers to be announced.

At the North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road. Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 839-6262Sept 8, 9 & 10
All shows at 7pm with 6:20 pre-show.Purchase tickets, view showtimes & see details on the NCMA website. Tickets also available at the door.

Pre-show Performers to be announced.

At The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro
310 S. Greene St. Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 333-2605Saturday, Sept 16
7pm performance; 6:20pm pre-show with special guest Cakalak Thunder.

Sunday, Sept 17
3pm performance; 2:20pm pre-show with special guests Gabe Pelli & Will Ridenour. Check the Carolina Theatre event website for tickets.


About our Summer Shows

Each year we write, create, build and perform a large summer pageant-play-extravaganza.

These performances last about an hour, include an ensemble of professional musicians who create an original score of music and involve a cast of puppeteers, which has included as many as twenty-eight performers.

Our summer extravaganza is attended by over 16,000 people!

We are grateful to be funded by donations from supporters through a Spring Kickstarter fundraiser and, year-round, through Patreon. We open our studio to the community every Saturday in June and July for Work/Play Days where folks of all ages and persuasions get messy building puppets and props for the Summer Show.

Through our annual summer performance, Paperhand Puppet Intervention helps create a community that shares picnic blankets, ideas, experiences and a love of wonder. We hope you can join us.

Summer Show Questions & Answers here.

View our past shows here.