Published : Monday, September 2, 2019 | 4:37 AM
The Southland’s most famous puppet show troupe whose performances evoke squeals of laughter from children (and often their parents) brings their brand of magic to One Colorado’s Courtyard in Old Pasadena every Tuesday in September, beginning this Tuesday, September 3.
The Bob Baker Marionettes puppeteers will offer “definite delight with your favorite friends both on and off strings,” offering up a different show every week.
The puppets will also hang out after the show for photo ops “and gentle pets and hugs,” says a One Colorado announcement.
Since 1963, when Bob Baker and partner Alton Wood established the theater as a family entertainment institution, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been performing over 300 performances a year, utilizing over 2,000 handcrafted puppets and catering to birthday parties, school groups, weddings, and community functions of all sorts.
The very popular children’s marionette theater company has just opened a new permanent home in Highland Park at 4949 York Blvd., after having to move out of a small cinder block building on the edge of Downtown LA which was the theater’s home for more than 55 years.
The old site on 1st Street is being developed into an apartment housing complex.
The Theater is currently in preview season, making changes to the new location’s stage and facade, and preparing for a Grand Opening in November, according to an announcement on the theater’s website.
“Our inaugural show is a revival of the very first show to grace the stages of our previous home, way back in 1963! We care very deeply about our history, and are so excited to bring this show back for a new generation, in a new location,” the announcement said.
Bob Baker was six years old when he saw a puppet show and decided to dedicate the rest of his life to puppetry. His company’s work spanned decades of creative projects across Los Angeles, from puppetry and design on Disneyland’s Main Street, to countless contributions in film and television including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Bewitched, Escape to Witch Mountain, and more.
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater continues his legacy of fostering imagination and creativity in all aspects of life and art.
To learn more about Bob Baker Marionette Theater, visit www.bobbakermarionettetheater.
The upcoming shows at One Colorado are free and open to the public. Shows start at 4:30 p.m.
For more information, call (626) 564-1066 or visit www.onecolorado.com/one-