There is a white, box-like building where Glendale Boulevard meets 2nd St. under the shadow of the Beverly Blvd Bridge. There is nothing spectacular about the building, other than the words painted on the front and the often-dark marquee. I’ve always wondered what is inside the “theater”, so I finally got my chance to catch a show on a weekday at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.
The Theater has regular shows twice during the weekends. But if a school group schedules a field trip during the weekday, then the theater will also release some tickets to the general public . Which is how I found myself with 40 pre-schoolers inside this white box for “Fun With Strings!”.
The show was an unexpectedly amazing production. Everything is choreographed, and there are more than 30 different, hand-made marionette puppets used by 5 trained puppeteers, with music and lights. And it’s interactive! Who knew?
The Theater also houses a workshop where puppets are made and fixed.
After each show, guests are invited to go into an adjacent room, where you are served ice cream. After every show. I know, right?