How to Put on a Puppet Show

Whether you use shadow puppets or marionettes, put on a fanciful puppet show with these tips.

You will need

  • A script
  • Puppets
  • Material for a puppet stage
  • Puppeteers
  • A curtain
  • Audience
  • A computer with internet access (optional)

Step 1 Decide on script Decide on the puppet show script you wish to use. Write your own dialogue for a creative, personalized touch, or use an already-written script.

Step 2 Create puppets Choose the type of puppets you want to use. Simple sock puppets are easy to make, and hand puppets are available at stores and online.

Step 3 Build a stage Build your puppet theater. Consider cutting, painting, and decorating a large cardboard box, or building a stage and set out of wood.

Step 4 Rehearse Gather your performers and run through the puppet show. Rehearse using your character’s voice and movements.

Step 5 Entertain your audience Set up a curtain behind the stage, so you can hide it during the performance, and your audience can stay focused on the puppets. If performers make a mistake, improvise. Take a bow at the end.