Puppetmongers work their magic
Bed & Breakfast (Puppetmongers/Tarragon) — For 19 years, Ann Powell and brother David have brought their amazing puppeteering talents to the Tarragon over the holidays. This year, they’re reviving their retelling of The Princess and the Pea story. The puppets for this story are all just seven inches tall, and the action mostly takes place inside a big wooden dollhouse. The Powells not only move the puppets, but they play the role of the housekeeper and the gardener, and they do their best to make sure the “princess” who has dropped by cannot sleep a wink. Fact is, she’s not a princess at all, but a former servant of the house who fell in love with the prince, but the queen — who wants him to marry so badly — is fooled. Plenty of romance, for sure, but the strong prince and his world travels, plus the intricacy of the dollhouse should entice both little boys too, not just girls. Ideal for ages five to 12, runs from December 20 to January 1 at the Tarragon Theatre. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for kids and seniors. To attend the puppet-making workshop after matinee performances, which are $10, you must book in advance and bring a cereal box. Tickets through the Tarragon at 416-531-1827.