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Local "run-out" programs (those not requiring an overnight accommodation) are available within an approximate 140 mile radius of Kansas City. These can be for up to two performances per day, any day of the week. Contact Mesner Puppet Theater for available dates at 816-756-3500.

Fees typically begin at $950 for one show at a local educational venue, such as a school, library, or arts center. From there, price is based on travel distance, number of shows, type of venue, and which show you'd like us to perform.

Technical Requirements

The following are minimal space and technical needs for presenting our shows:

• Area needs to be 20' wide by 12' deep with a ceiling height of 10 feet. It needs to be free of activity at least 90 minutes prior to setup and 45 minutes after for teardown.

• Electrical needs are at least two separate circuit 110V (normal house current) grounded outlets on a minimum 20 amp fuses or breakers.

• One table of banquet size or equivalent for back stage. One bottle of water for artist.

For further inquiries or to book us, please contact us at 816-756-3500.


Available Performances:

Anansi The Spider
  Anansi the Spider is a lively telling of four classic folk tales from Africa and the Caribbean. All these humorous stories feature a trickster spider that sometimes gets tricked himself. In “How the Stories Came to the World”, “Tiger Becomes a Riding Horse”, The Magic of Five” and “Dinner for Two”, classic tales offer universal lessons of wit and cleverness. 


The Comical Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard

Old Mother   Old Mother Hubbard loves her dog and he loves her. In this comic poem, written in 1805, Old Mother Hubbard is always looking out for her best friend and in return he is dancing and spinning and sitting and standing all to the delight of Old Mother Hubbard. In a quaint old cottage the comedy of a dog and his master opens and unfolds to delight and captivates the story of this good old lady and her funny dog. 


Little Red Riding Hood

Red   Our telling of this classic tale comes with a very contemporary twist. When Little Red finds the wolf desguised in her grandmother's clothes, she uses her self-defense moves to teach him a lesson he won't soon forget. The story of Little Red Riding Hood is also accompanied by a collection of American folk and traditional rhymes presented by the First Lady of Mesner Puppets, Georgette. 


Rapunsel 400 pix   Mesner Puppet Theater presents a veggie wonderful love story about two avid gardeners, Okra and Romaine, who meet, marry and have a beautiful daughter named Rapunzel. An evil witch, who forced Romaine to promise that he would give up his first-born child many years before, returns to claim the lovely child for her own. Rapunzel is taken to live in a tower and her future looks bleak until the Prince arrives and Rapunzel hatches a plan to escape he evil captor and leaf happily ever alfalfa.


Sing Along the Road Again
RingoMike    Join traveler John Paul George (puppeteer Mike Horner) and his singing dog Ringo on an interactive, musical road trip! Audiences are encouraged to sing, clap, and stomp along as John and Ringo sing favorites like BINGO, the Wheels on the Bus, Do Your Ears Hang Low and many more. Even a dancing chicken tries to get in on the act.


St. George and the Dragon
St. George    Return to the legendary time of far away kingdoms, ferocious dragons, and damsels in distress. Set in a chilly mythical Kingdom, the tale unfolds as the King and his Court try to decide what to do about an earth-shaking and hungry Dragon. In this version, it is not a brave Knight who saves the Kingdom from the Dragon, but the King’s daughter, Princess Georgette. With courage and good sense, Georgette proves herself to be a damsel in control of the situation, and solves the dilemma with a happy ending for all.


The Cat Came Back
Cat3 copy    Based on the folk song made popular by Fred Penner, this performance tells the tale of Mister Johnson and a mysterious cat who keeps returning to his doorstep. Mister Johnson tries everything he can to get the cat to go away, from giving her to a pilot to sending her into outer space. The cat, however, keeps coming back!



The Stinky Cheese Man

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  Adapted from the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. The story contains zany versions of classic tales with the fabulous humor that has made this Caldecott Award winning book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith so popular. You will have fun with Jack, the narrator, who takes you through the twists and turns of this wacky tale. Learn the real story of Chicken Licken or is that Chicken Little?  And then there is Cinderumpelstiltskin.  Will she have to spin her own dress? Will she go to the ball? The Really Ugly Duckling will make you laugh and cry and everyone will leave with a somewhat revised view of that Little Red Hen. The story is not only entertaining but also explains how a book is constructed.  



Funding Support

For presenters in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, the Mid-American Arts Alliance in cooperation with regional state arts councils may have funding support for

presenting Mesner Puppet Theater. Learn more at Also schools, libraries, and other Missouri presenters may be available for funding support from the Missouri Arts Council.

Mesner Puppets is educational-certified by the MAC.

We offer a splendid variety of award-winning and acclaimed stories for children and families, uniquely created for the puppet stage by master puppeteers Mike Horner and Paul Mesner. This list will vary from time to time. Many have an accompanying classroom activities packet to assist teachers.