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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 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.

2018 Schedule

Reservations Recommended

All non-discounted tickets are $2 less with an Indiana State Museum membership.

Group rates, 20 or more, available only on $12-$13 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.

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears"

September 13 - 22, 2018

Bring your youngsters to this well loved story…presented by marionettes in a classic stage. After the show, children will create their own little puppet. A perfect first theater experience!

Tickets are $8 and includes simple post show workshop Under two, free. Free popcorn.


Thursday, Sept 13 10:30am
Friday, Sept 14 10:30am
Thursday, Sept 20 10:30am
Friday, Sept 21 10:30am
Saturday, Sept 22 10:30am & 12:30pm

"The slightly Haunted Puppet Studio"

October 13 - 28, 2018

Join wacky Witch Gertrude, Zombie and Drac as they introduce their Halloween friends. Trick marionettes will perform on a special set with classical music.

Tickets $12. Under two, free. Free popcorn! Optional post show workshop ($3 Tix purchased after show in studio)


Saturday, Oct 13 10:30am
Thursday, Oct 18 10:30am & 12:30pm
Friday, Oct 19 10:30am & 12:30pm
Saturday, Oct 20 10:30am & 12:30pm
Friday, Oct 26 6:30pm
Saturday, Oct 27 10:30am & 12:30pm
Sunday, Oct 28 11:00am & 1pm

"Peewinkle's Holiday Cabaret"

November 24, 27 & 28, 2018

Peewinkle's largest production is a great start to the holiday season. Audiences will not only be entertained and educated by the variety of puppets, but also learn about many of the winter festivals of light…Chinese New Years, Christmas, Diwali, Hannukah and Kwanzaa. Educational packet sent to teachers with reservations. Ideal field trip for K - 3rd graders.

Tickets $8 on Saturday and $5 on Tuesday & Wednesday


Saturday, Nov 24 1pm
Tuesday, Nov 27 9:30am & 11am
Wednesday, Nov 28 9:30am & 11am

"Christmas at the Puppet Studio"

December 2 - 28, 2018

The whole family will enjoy this music and puppet filled Christmas variety show. Mozart & Ludmilla, the mice that live in the piano, host this well loved show. A perfect gift for the family.

Tickets $12 Under two, free Free popcorn (no post show workshops in Dec.)


Sunday, Dec 2 11am
Thursday, Dec 6 10:30am
Friday, Dec 7 10:30am
Saturday, Dec 8 10:30am
Sunday, Dec 9 11am
Thursday, Dec 13 10:30am
Friday, Dec 14 10:30am
Saturday, Dec 15 10:30am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm
Thursday, Dec 20 10:30am
Friday, Dec 21 10:30am & 12:30pm
Saturday, Dec 22 10:30am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm
Thursday, Dec 27 10:30am & 12:30pm
Friday, Dec 28 10:30am & 12:30pm

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.

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 36th 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.

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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.