2012-2013 Season

The Adventures of Perseus 
Young and brave, though a little too boastful, Perseus is sent on an adventure of epic proportions! With his winged sandals, he flies to the far corners of the world where he must battle Medusa so set his imprisoned mother free. Along the way he’s assisted by the goddess Athena, encounters the The Three Sisters and helps the mighty Atlas carry the world. This classic Greek tale, the inspiration for the films Percy Jackson & the Olympians and The Clash of the Titans, is performed with a stunning combination of Bunraku puppets, marionettes and masked puppeteers.
November 9th – November 18th

The Velveteen Rabbit
World Premiere

Margery Williams’ classic story, The Velveteen Rabbit, is brought to stunning life in a remarkable new partnership between Hillsboro’s Bag & Baggage Productions. Combining B&B’s professional actors with the magical puppetry of Tears of Joy, this world premiere adaptation will be a theatrical event for the whole family. Adapted by David Jenkins, The Velveteen Rabbit tells a timeless tale of the power of acceptance and how love can make all things possible.
December 7th – December 9th


Anansi the Spider
Anansi, the trickster spider of West Africa is brought to life in two hilarious tales.  The first explains how Anansi tricked Lion out of his stories.  The second tale begins…”Anansi loved to eat melons, but was too lazy to grow them himself…”
February 8th – February 17th



20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
World Premiere
Two very enthusiastic Jules Verne fans tell the story of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea like it’s never been told before. This is a fun, rollicking, family-friendly adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, with Verne well known as the first science fiction writer. In our production, we present some of the most exciting scenes from the book, aboard the Nautilus and under the sea, combining humor with the science and technology imagined by Verne, much of it predicted with astonishing accuracy.  Hold your breath and submerge yourself in Tears of Joy’s underwater adventure!
April 12th – April 21st

Puppetz vs. People
Puppet all-stars from Tears of Joy Theatre step onto the field to face down the fastest comedy improvisers in town – Comedy Sportz. Now in its 12th year, the annual Puppetz Vs. People match is one of the hottest feuds in improv history, and the funniest, if not weirdest show you will see all year.
Will the puppets keep their crown? Can the humans turn the tide? Will someone get the stuffing beat out of them? Come join us at the Winningstad Theater and find out!
November 17th @ 7:00 pm


The 2012-2013 Family Series is proudly supported by the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.

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