Beginning this past summer, Geppetto’s Theater & Workshop moved to a new home within Dallas’ very own Hilton Anatole hotel. Offering kid-friendly marionette shows taking place in the newly constructed Geppetto’s Marionette Theater there was a multitude of summer shows that included “The Little Mermaid” and “Hansel and Gretel.” Dallas has a multitude of entertainment options and activities for children. What is special about Geppetto’s Theather & Workshop is that in this age of advanced technology, Green Screens and Youtube you can take your young children to an entertaining and interactive theater experience that is really built just for them around timeless storybook classics.
The theater is located below the tower on the sub level of the Hilton Anatole hotel. Geppettos is located below the tower of the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The door is adjacent to the hotel gift shop. It can be difficult to find. I would recommend going early in order to accommodate for parking (parking is a separate charge from the admission price). Strollers are not allowed int the theater due to fire regulations but there is a stroller kiosk. When you finally make it down the stairs you will see an ornate gift shop area complete with snacks, drinks, and marionette style puppet gifts and memorabilia. Newsclippings grace the wall and you check in with the folks behind the counter. They will lead you to the small theater. This theater has benches in the front for the little ones to sit and then adults can sit in the bleacher style seating right behind. It’s not a large theater, very small which makes it great for each show and each audience member to see. It can get dark as a caution.
The stage is rather high but this is where all the magic happens as marionette puppets grace along the stages and lights make up the stage decor. These lights and props are essential for each story and the puppeteers or stage production crew put a lot of detail in the theater itself and the marionette puppets. The sound is great as well with audio throughout the production.
The people at Geppetto’s Theater and Workshop do a fantastic job at engaging young audiences. Kids that would enjoy this production would range in age from 4 to 9 years old. At the beginning of the production they introduce the kids to a marionette puppet and demonstrate how the puppets work. Then as the production begins, you are introduced to an amazing world of storybook tales in the form of marionette puppetry. The production that we saw was the Little Mermaid. My 4 year old daughter really enjoyed the production and the story line. After the show, the kids get to take photos with the puppets and go back stage to get introduced to the production crew and learn about puppets and being on stage. At times there are 4 to 8 puppets for one character with changes in costumes, expressions, hair and features.
Shows and Ticketing
Shows are throughout the year from Fridays – Sundays at various times. Seasonal shows are available for special events such as the Winter Wonderland show. Tickets cost $12 for kids of all ages, $14.00 for adults and $12.00 for seniors ages 55+. There is a season pass called the Stromboli pass that gives you access to shows year round. It pays for itself if you see a minimum of 5 shows. If you are purchasing group tickets for a group of 15+ the tickets are discounted further. To check out the list of shows and to reserve your tickets please visit: geppettostheater.com.
Birthday parties and special events
Geppetto’s Theater is a great way to spend a child’s birthday party with very inexpensive birthday party packages for a part of 8 kids. They can take care of everything from entertainment, food and pictures. If you upgrade your packages you can get your own party room and supplies for the special event.