The Princess, The Pirate and The Pea by Crabgrass Theatre

Sandglass Theater’s beloved Winter Sunshine series concludes the 12th season of family puppet shows with The Pirate, The Princess and The Pea by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre on Saturday March 30th at 11 am and 2 pm at Sandglass Theater.

A special event for the whole family, Winter Sunshine is an experience unique to this area. Munch on cookies and sip Burdick’s hot chocolate in the lobby as you peruse the Sandglass gift shop, and then cozy in the theater for a colorful adventure.

Pirate lore meets fairy tale in The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea, a swashbuckling pirate and princess adventure story from Crabgrass Puppet Theatre.

Meet the pirate: “A pirate’s life isn’t all ‘yo-ho-ho and a bottle of grog,’ ya know. It’s hard work escapin’ from sea monsters, keepin’ the crabs from eatin’ me nose, and fallin’ overboard just in time to meet the local shark. But it’s worth it when I find that map and start searchin’ for treasure . . . except there’s this pest of a princess who keeps gettin’ to the clues before I do. Worse than that, she says I have to prove I’m a real pirate! And how do I do that? Arrgh. Well, I start with a whole lot o’ mattresses.”

Meet the princess: “Life in the palace is so boring, all tuffets and tea parties! So when I find a treasure map and sneak away from the palace, I’m ready for some adventure – except that there’s a preposterous pirate in my way. And he’s trying to steal MY treasure! I’ve got to get rid of him. . . and I think I know how!”

A pirate and a princess are on a treasure hunt, searching for the same prize. The princess stays one step ahead of the pirate with every clue, but how can she get him out of the way long enough to dive for the treasure? “You’re not a real pirate!” she claims. “Am so.” “Are not.” “Am so.” “Okay, prove it!” “How?” “You know, I had to prove I was a real princess once,” she says. “I’m sure we can use the same method . . .” and she leaves him snoring on a tall pile of mattresses. But when the princess is in danger from a giant octopus, she quickly discovers the benefits of cooperation! Inspired by their success, the pirate and his new princess friend sail off together in search of further adventure.

Join Vermont’s own Crabgrass Puppet Theatre on this thrilling voyage chock full of sea monsters, sharks and side-splitting action!

Come out for a lively respite from the cold, a creative interlude between snow shoveling and enjoy the shine of laughter. Recommended for all ages 4 and up
Tickets are $9/ticket. Shows for ages 4 and up. Sandglass is an accessible theater right in the heart of Putney. Reservations highly recommended: or 802 387 4051.

The Winter Sunshine Series thanks the Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation for their support.

Comments | 1

  • Two Peas In A Pod

    Glad to see that someone else was thinking about twisting fables around. This winter, on an especially cold day, I also thought of a twist on Princess and the Pea. It would be the Very Cold Princess and the Pea.

    A little girl, considered a princess by her parents, is tucked into bed. But she is cold. Very cold. A very cold princess. So they start stacking blankets on her until they pile up very high. After the final blanket, they do a test. They take a single Frozen Pea and put it on top. Then…

    Now I need help. How does this end? Does the frozen pea collapse the entire tower of blankets and people? Does the very cold princess feel the frozen pea through all the blankets and make her a real princess? This could be a dark fairy tale, or a light one. I’m open to suggestions.

    In the mean time, go see the princess and the pirate and the pea puppets! They’ve finished their story!

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