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Chicago Puppet Fest presents:

Manual Cinema: Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About A Terrible Monster

 “…filled with wonder, humor and oodles of warmth.”
– The Edinburgh Festival for Kids 

 “A show that tackles important and serious themes with whimsy, humor and some darn cute puppets.”
Chicago Tribune

Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just…isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Will Leonardo finally get to scare the tuna salad out of someone? Or will it be the start of an unlikely friendship? The plot thickens when this pair meets Kerry and Frankenthaler, an even scaredier-cat and her monster friend. Kerry and Sam need to make a big decision: will they just be scaredy cats or can they become friends?  Chicago’s Manual Cinema brings two of Mo Willems’ popular children’s books to life with hundreds of illustrated paper puppets, book pages, two-dimensional props, furry monster puppets and original songs. 

Event Details

Friday, January 26 at 5 pm
Saturday, January 27 
at 3 pm
Sunday, January 28 
at 1 pm

Location: The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, 740 E. 56th St.

Cost: $40/$30 students & seniors

Ages: Ages 3 and up

Running Time: 45 mins

ADA Accessible? Yes


Supported by Illinois Arts Council Agency & Artstour Program