Puppetmobile Request

About the PuppetMobile
New York City Parks Department and City Parks Foundation offers a traveling puppet show, CityParks PuppetMobile, the oldest continually operating company of its kind in the country, which presents free outdoor performances in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and schoolyards throughout New York City.

During the 2024 season, the PuppetMobile will present the tale of Cinderella Samba. 

Cinderella Samba is a contemporary twist on the classic “Cinderella” fairy tale. The CityParks PuppetMobile production sets the timeless tale in the lush landscape of Brazil, where, thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro's biggest Carnaval gala.

The season will run from June 1 through October 31.

City Parks Foundation and the PuppetMobile are committed to serving neighborhoods in historically under-resourced areas and priority will be given to performance requests in these areas. Please note that PuppetMobile performances can only take place in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and schoolyards. All performances must be open to the public. The PuppetMobile is not available for private functions. 

Performance Criteria
In order for a performance from the PuppetMobile to be provided, certain criteria must be met. Please review below to see if your park or school meets all of these requirements.
  1. A flat surface of 25 feet wide x 20 feet deep with height clearance of at least 20 feet is required for all events. Please see below for a photo of the stage. 
  2. The PuppetMobile van needs to be able to park next to the stage.
  3. The PuppetMobile and crew will arrive to location 60 minutes prior to showtime to allow for optimal set up time, the performance lasts for 45 minutes, and a 45 minute period of time is required after the performance for breakdown to occur.
The Puppetmobile stage with two puppeteers above it.

Step 1: Contact & Group Information

Step 2: Location Information

On Site Contact Information
Note that this contact must be on-site to sign for the show. If there is no contact present, the Puppetmobile reserves the right to cancel the performance. 

Step 3: Performance Date
Please share the preferred date that would work for the PuppetMobile performance. 

The PuppetMobile has limited availability, especially for weekend dates. To serve more applicants, please select a weekday as one of your preferences.

All approved applicants are responsible for outreach and promotion. We strongly encourage you to partner with other organizations/ camps/ schools for recruitment. 
Each PuppetMobile performance requests at least 100 participants in attendance.

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