The Boy Who Loved Puppets

It is a solo toy theater performance about a boy following his dreams to become the best puppet maker and puppeteer despite the challenges and difficulties. It is inspired by a true story of a Taiwanese puppetry artist. It integrates miniature-sized Czech marionettes and video projections of Taiwanese hand puppetry and artist’s puppet manipulations. The theater and puppets were created in Prague in 2015. The first 10 min piece of the show has been performed in Prague, Kongsberg (Norway), New York City, Honolulu and San Sebastian & Tolosa in Spain. The show is written, created and performed by Bonnie Kim.

Buy Tickets: Jan 13

Venue: The ARTS at Marks Garage

Date: Jan 13

Time: 6pm

Duration: 40mins

Genre: Puppetry

Warnings: 6+

More info: Puppet Wanderlust


Bonnie Kim, artist and puppeteer based on Hawaii Island, received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from University of Hawaii at Manoa, focusing on arts education with puppetry, masks and movement. She has worked with Bread and Puppet Theater, internationally renowned for their giant puppets and masks. Her performances with giant puppets and masks have been showcased in Hawaii, Vermont, Korea and Cambodia. She has also worked with Handmade Parade in England for their annual Hebden Bridge Parade in 2013.

Her passion for puppetry has led her to study and create various types of puppetry work not only with giant puppets and masks but also with hand puppets, Czech marionettes and shadow puppets in the United States, Europe and Taiwan. Her puppet show, Long Long Ago, When Tiger Smoked: Animal Tales from Korea, has been performed in Hawaii, Germany and Korea.

Fringe 5 Questions

Bonnie Kim - The Boy Who Loved Puppets

Fringe 5 Questions by Carlynn Wolfe

Who should see your show?
It’s a family show. From my experiences of sharing this show in different places for different ages, everyone no matter what ages likes and gravitates to various parts of the show, but they all find something they like from the show. If it were to be done for school shows, the targeted audiences are ages 7 and up for the story.

What do you like best about performing for young audiences?
I love their unprejudiced attitude about seeing shows. I love them for their forgiving and honest feedback—they will let you know if they like the show or not in some ways during and after the show. I love performing for young audiences for their open mindedness to let their imagination go wild and free.

Where is your favorite place to perform?
Anywhere enthusiastic and welcoming audiences are, I’m there! I’ve done performances all over the places—on the streets in all kinds of weather condition, theaters, libraries, schools, cafeterias, cafes, community centers, living rooms and more. But no matter where it is and how big/small the audiences are, the enthusiastic and welcoming audiences make a world of difference.

When do you know the story is ready?
When it feels right I think. I feel that with performances, it’s always evolving and growing in some way.

Why puppets?
I love the magical quality of puppets. They are merely inanimate objects by themselves. But when puppeteers bring them to life, they have special power to capture the audiences and tell the stories.

Bonus – How do you like your coffee?
Creamy and sweet!!

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