The City Parks Foundation premieres another family-fun production as Little Miss Muffet’s Monster-Sitting Service comes to NYC. A modern take on the beloved, classic nursery rhyme, the show begins January 17 and runs through September 30 at the beautiful Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park.
City Parks Foundation is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. They work in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. Programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.
The enchanting Swedish architecture and craftsmanship of the Swedish Cottage which was suggestive of a model schoolhouse caught the eye of Central Park creator Fredrick Law Olmsted, who brought it to Central Park in 1877. A traveling marionette company was founded in 1939 and in 1947 the Swedish Cottage became home to the company. In 1973, a permanent theater was constructed inside the Swedish Cottage, designed for marionette performances. Since then, hundreds of thousands of children and families from around the world have enjoyed its original productions. Under the direction of City Parks Foundation, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and CityParks
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Recommended for kids ages 3-9, the story of Little Miss Muffet’s Monster-Sitting Service centers around Molly Muffet (the great-great-great-great granddaughter of the original, “Little Miss Muffet”) and what happens when she ends up home alone while her parents leave for a high school reunion. Molly’s grandfather is called in to babysit but gets stranded by a snowstorm in Alaska. As a last resort, he calls in an old family friend, Aloisius Albrecht Alviss Spider (Al for short), the original spider from the famed nursery rhyme. Molly and Al quickly become friends and hatch a plan to start a baby-sitting service for baby monsters while her parents are away.
As the night progresses and baby monsters get dropped off, Molly and Al receive news that the storm of the century is heading their way. Molly, Al and the babies bunker down for what promises to be a long night filled with music, song, dance and numerous surprises.
Showtimes (All shows run 50 minutes)
Winter Schedule: 1/17 – 4/8
Tuesday-Friday:10:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 p.m.
Spring and Summer Schedule: 4/9 – 8/26
Monday-Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; additional show on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 p.m.
Fall Schedule: 9/8 – 9/23
Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Children under 12:$5.00
Children over 12 and adults: $8.00
Purchase tickets online here.
The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Central Park West at 81st Street
Jennie Abrams – Rosenberg