The Elsenpeter Marionettes, headed by Mr. Richard Elsenpeter, are a
professional full-time performing Marionette company who has
entertained millions of school children in live shows for over 139
years. Besides performing more than 200 plus programs nationally each
year, Mr. Elsenpeter will write, produce, create and carve an
entirely new program annually. The Elsenpeter Marionettes specialize
in children’s classics and adapt stories with which most children are
The Elsenpeter Marionettes tradition of puppetry
started in Elen, Germany approximately 139 years ago, by Richard’s
great grand father. Their traditional form of puppetry has been handed
down through four generations. Richard describes his form of puppetry
as the “old world style of puppetry.” It’s very nostalgic and is
rarely seen any more in America because of its technical difficulties.
program is especially written for the Marionettes theatre. Every
detail has been carefully designed to achieve a perfect dramatic
production in miniature. Richard’s skillful manipulation of the
Marionettes transforms the 2 foot tale, hand carved, wooden dolls into
living characters with definite personalities.
program delights the young and the young-at-heart while stressing the
importance of education and reading. Our goal is to give children an
outlet for their fantasies while making a lasting impression on them.