Get ready to explore the world under your feet in this underground puppet adventure. Tunnel down with Worm and Sprout as they discover the mysterious life found inside soil. Along the way, kids help figure out the secrets that help Sprout grow. Award-winning puppeteer, Liz Joyce, brings this ecological wonderland to life with multiple puppetry styles, projections and song.
The Doubtful Sprout was funded in part by a Family Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation
The Doubtful Sprout is a delightful experience! Liz Joyce is a master of telling scientific stories creatively, breathing life into wonderful and complex characters with emotion and voice. The Doubtful Sprout will entertain and educate all that experience it!
— Paul Robinson, Puppeteers of America Executive Director
The Doubtful Sprout is a magical and educational show that mesmerizes children and teaches them about ecology and life cycles through art and song. Liz's performance is enchanting and engages children to the very end. As a puppeteer Liz knows how to include her audience while effortlessly working her craft. The quality of her set-up and puppets, in which the influence of classic Henson artistry may be seen, is top-notch. Children joyfully participate throughout the show and are even delighted after the show when Liz buzzes through the audience to meet them. Developmentally and educationally appropriate for a wide age range, the entire family will enjoy the show!
—Danielle Carey, Head of Children's Services, Hampton Bays Public Library
For Educators and School Groups
A Couple of Puppets offers an Educator Resource Guide for the show that includes learning activities, lessons and enrichment extensions designed for Pre- and Post- performance.
Aligned with NY Common Core Learning Standards in
Science, ELA, Math, DASA, STEM, and STEAM
Common Core Aligned Science Fun!
Boces Approved Arts-in-Ed Science Program
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Puppet Making Workshops
A Couple of Puppets offers a variety of puppet making workshops for all ages and occasions. Please email us and will design a project perfect for your occasion