Summer Show

We’re getting ready for our 23rd annual show!

This giant laughing man was a puppet creation from one of our past shows.

For 2023, we are booked for the Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill for the weekends of August 4th through September 17th, and for the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh for September 22nd through September 24th. Our shows are held Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. with a 6:20 p.m. pre-show.

There will also be a show on Labor Day Monday. Matinees will take place on September 10th and 17th starting at 3:00 p.m. with a 2:20 p.m. pre-show.

All questions regarding ticket sales should be directed towards the Paperhand Puppet Intervention group at Please do not contact the show venues.

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 18,000 people each year!

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.