All tickets will be sold through the ISM via their on line ticket service or by calling them at 317.232.1637.

Specific questions regarding the shows email.

For all other information regarding Peewinkle's Puppet Studio and The Melchior Marionettes call 800.849.4853.

This charming old world style, 65 seat puppet theatre is just a few blocks north of Circle Center in downtown Indianapolis in the Indiana State Museum. Ideal for school groups, scouts, birthday parties and reserved parties. Peggy Melchior, Debbi White and Heidi Shackleford, of MMHP Puppet Productions Inc., present captivating creative puppet shows for children, puppet making day camps and workshops. Handicapped accessible.

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Peewinkle's Puppet Studio is a 501(c)3 organization. Your donation and a portion of your ticket purchase is tax deductible.


PARKING at Peewinkle's

Convenient parking is available in the underground garage directly in front of the ISM, off of West Washington St. Parking is $5 when visiting Peewinkle's Puppet Studio or the museum. Please have your parking ticket validated at the ISM ticket counter.

2017 Schedule

Reservations Recommended

All Tickets are $2 less with an Indiana State Museum membership.

Groups rates, 20 or more, available only on $12 tickets.

Free field trip pricing, to the museum, applies to all accredited Indiana K-12 schools who visit on a pre-scheduled, chaperoned visit and homeschool groups of 10 or more. Preschools, afterschool programs and summer day camps pay group admission. For more field trip info visit:

Note: Tickets are required for Peewinkle's Puppet Studio shows…a museum ticket is not required.

"Peewinkle Goes Fishing"

Sept. 14 - 23, 2017

Peewinkle learns from Sherman the Pelican all about life under the sea. This show features a wide range of puppets and beloved music. Perfect for ages PK - 2nd grade. Educational info and post show workshops are available. Schools interested in buying out the house...please call us at 317.695.5422

Tickets. $10 Under 2, free. Popcorn is free. No group discounts.

Post show workshops tickets, $3, are purchased in studio after show. Tickets: or 317.232.1637


Thurs. Sept. 14 10am
Fri. Sept. 15 10am
Sat. Sept. 16 10:30am
Sun. Sept. 17 1pm
Thurs. Sept. 21 10am
Fri. Sept. 22 10am
Sat. Sept. 23 10:30am

"The slightly Haunted Puppet Studio"

Oct. 14 - 29, 2017

This classic Halloween puppet production has become a tradition for many audiences in October. You will be comically bewitched by Witch Gertrude as she makes her stew and introduces you to her ghoulish marionette friends. Don't miss it!

Tickets. $12 Under 2, free. Popcorn is free.

Post show workshops tickets, $3, are purchased in studio after show. Tickets: or 317.232.1637


Sat. Oct. 14 10:30am & 1pm
Thurs. Oct. 19 10am & Noon
Fri. Oct. 20 10am & Noon
Sat. Oct. 21 10:30am & 1pm
Fri. Oct. 27 6:30pm
Sat. Oct. 28 10:30am & 1pm
Sun. Oct. 29 1 & 3pm

"Peewinkle's Holiday Cabaret"

November 25, 28, and 29, 2017

Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum will once again bring to life "Peewinkle's Holiday Cabaret".

After a decade at the Indiana Roof Ballroom and various years at the Civic Theatre, Artcraft Theatre, Brown County Playhouse and Fountain Square Ballroom, it was decided that this production is very important for the children of Indiana.

Students will not only be entertained and educated by the variety of puppets, but also be familiarized with some of the many multi-cultural winter festival customs of Diwali, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Christmas and Kwanzaa. The 36ft. glittering set will host a live ballerina as well as large rod puppets and marionettes. This 45 minute production is a perfect kickoff to the holiday season for elementary school children PK - 4th grade.

This production will be held in the Dean and Barbara White Auditorium. 242 tickets are available for each show. No discounts apply to this production. All teachers and chaperones will need a ticket. Not advisable for children under two.

Nov. 25 - $8 (under 2, free) Public show.
Nov. 28 & 29 - $5 (under 2 free) School show.

Click here to buy tickets or call 317.232.1637 for reservations. Upon payment, and education packet will be emailed to you in PDF form.


Sat. Nov. 25 1pm - Public Show
Tues. Nov. 28 9:30 & 11am - School & Public
Wed. Nov. 29 9:30 & 11am - School & Public

"Christmas at the Puppet Studio"

Dec. 2 - 28, 2017

The ritzy rodents, Mozart and Ludmilla, will once again emerge from their piano to host the Christmas marionette variety show. Lots of audience participation and classic holiday music will put the whole family into the spirit of the season.

Tickets. $12 Under 2, free. Popcorn is free.

Tickets: or 317.232.1637


Sat. Dec. 2 10am
Sun. Dec. 3 11am
Thurs. Dec. 7 9:30 & 11am
Fri. Dec. 8 9:30 & 11am
Sat. Dec. 9 10am, Noon & 2pm
Sun. Dec. 10 11am & 1pm
Thurs. Dec. 14 9:30 & 11am
Fri. Dec. 15 9:30am & 11am
Sat. Dec. 16 10am, Noon & 2pm
Sun. Dec. 17 11am & 1pm
Tues. Dec. 19 10am & Noon
Wed. Dec. 20 10am & Noon
Thurs. Dec. 21 10am & Noon
Fri. Dec. 22 10am & Noon
Sat. Dec. 23 10am, Noon & 2pm
Wed. Dec. 27 10am & Noon
Thurs. Dec. 28 10am & Noon

Birthday Parties at Peewinkle's Puppet Studio

Looking for something a bit different for a birthday party? Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum is the place! You can purchase tickets to a scheduled show and let us know there is a birthday child, we will be sure to make him or her feel special. Want a bit more? Rent the studio after the show for your party. We provide a puppet workshop, you provide the refreshments. Still looking for something a bit more? How about a 'Mini Camp'!!! Bring your child and friends to the puppet studio for a 2 hour camp (see a mini show, make a puppet and learn how to use it). Email Debbi ( with questions or to set up your party. Check out our website for a full schedule:

Music, Masters & Marionettes

from around the world
Grades 4 - 6 • May 2018

Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum is offering a special performance for music and art students in grades 4 thru 6 in April/May 2018.

This 50 minute performance will blend music and art from around the world with hand crafted performing marionettes.

Students will be able to visit the gallery of vintage and international marionettes and learn of the importance of the art of puppetry throughout history.

Make it a tandem field trip…marionette show and museum all for only $10 per ticket.

See field trip info above or visit

Peewinkle's Educational Programs

Peewinkle offers a variety of educational programs to suit all ages and needs. Please refer to our newsletter or contact us by email regarding details.


All camps and workshops will be held at the Indiana State Museum

Peewinkle's Staff

Peggy Melchior Pearson

Artistic Director of Melchior Marionettes and Peewinkle's Puppet Studio

Owner of The Melchior Marionette Theatre in Nashville, IN, since 1983.

Available for on site performances & history of puppetry lectures.


BFA in from Cleveland Institute of Art.

Heidi Shackleford

Aka Gertrude the Witch in October, puppeteer and high school art teacher!

Available for performances on weekends and vacation time.

BFA in fine arts & BA in art education from Columbus College of Art and IUPUI.

Debbi White

Executive Director, Youth Programs Director and puppeteer at Peewinkle's Puppet Studio.

Available for workshops and camps.

BA in social work from Ball State University.

Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of The Melchior Marionette Theatre in beautiful Brown County!

Visit our summertime venue at The Melchior Marionette Theatre, Westside of S. Van Buren St., Nashville, IN. Shows are on Saturdays, starting on Memorial Day weekend through October.  Closed in August. Shows at 1 & 3pm. These 20 minute cabaret marionette shows have been entertaining tourists for over 30 years!!

NOTE: Tickets to these shows are not for sale online. Please purchase tickets 20 minutes before show times at the theater, the day of the show. Groups over 20, may call ahead to reserve.

Refer to for updated schedule.

Email us or 800.849.4853

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Peewinkle's Puppet Studio is a 501(c)3 organization. Your donation and a portion of your ticket purchase is tax deductible.