Category Archives: Puppetry

Heartache Holiday

Dates: Fri-Sun, June 30 – July 2, 2023 (Fri-Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 4:00pm)
Tickets: $15
Age Recommendation: Adult audiences
Duration: 1 hr, no intermission
Mask Policy: Masks are optional for this event.

Performance Schedule:
– Fri, June 30 at 7:30 pm
– Sat, July 1 at 7:30 pm
– Sun, July 2 at 4:00 pm

Update 06/30/23: The performance on Sun, July 2 at 4:00 pm is SOLD OUT. 

TICKETS: To reserve seats for the performance on Saturday, or to get on the WAITLIST for Sunday, please email Zaraawar Mistry at or call/text 612-965-4405. Email is best.

Heartache Holiday
created by Margo McCreary
performed by Margo McCreary, Shari Aronson and Kallie Melvin

Heart is fed up with the demands on her steady self and decides to venture out in search of what can bolster her in these fast-paced times. She joined a young girl who has her own heartache, and is celebrated by fellow organs. She discovers a spacious world that allows her to breathe deeply with her own imaginary nose.

Margo McCreary is a Twin Cities puppeteer. She started with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre back in the 70’s. Independent since 1980, Margo performs original puppet shows and teaches puppetry as an artist/ educator. She has been fortunate to collaborate with other talented directors, performers musicians and technicians for the past 35 years.

CHROMA: A Color Spectrum Anthology Show

Dates: June 2-11, 2023 (see full schedule below)
Tickets: Sliding Scale $10-$30
Ages: All ages, but we recommend the sensory-friendly option for those younger than 6.
Run Time: 90 minutes. No intermission.

To purchase tickets, visit Gobo Tix!

Mask Policy: Masks encouraged. This policy is subject to change based on the guidelines of the CDC and MN Department of Health in June 2023.

Phantom Chorus Theatre presents
CHROMA: A Color Spectrum Anthology Show

CHROMA is a new, original work: a collection of 9 scenes, each themed around a different color of the visual spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo violet, black, and white). In this colorful adventure, audiences will witness eight different directors’ unique visions, told through the mediums of puppetry, movement, music, and multimedia.

The 8 local directors are:
RED by Mahmoud Hakima
ORANGE by Marc Berg
YELLOW by Aaron Fiskradatz
GREEN by Thalia Kostman
BLUE by Josh Vogen
INDIGO by Rhiannon Fiskradatz
VIOLET by Cheryl Yakacki, and
Black/White by Thomas Buan.

The show will feature new music composed by Steven Zubich, Rhiannon Fiskradatz, and Mahmoud Hakima.

Performers are: Thalia Kostman, Marc Berg, Rhiannon Fiskradatz, Josh Vogen, Alex Yang, Andrew Rosdail, Cheryl Yakacki, and Lindsey Oetken. Dylan Kostman is providing dramaturgy, choreography, and accessibility advice.

CHROMA is appropriate for all ages, but we recommend that those bringing children younger than 6 consider the sensory-friendly performance. Performances will also be live-streamed for those unable to come to Dreamland.

Performance Dates:
Friday, June 2 at 7:00 pm (OPENING)
Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, June 3 at 7:00 pm (ASL interpretation and Audio-Described)
Sunday, June 4 at 2:00 pm (Sensory-Friendly Performance)

Friday, June 9 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 10 at 2:00 pm (ASL interpretation)
Saturday, June 10 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, June 11 at 2:00 pm (Audio-Described)

To purchase tickets, visit Gobo Tix!

CHROMA is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culture heritage fund.


The Stuffed Animal Halloween Show (2022)

On demand: Video available until November 30, 2022
Age Recommendation: All ages
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: Pay What You Can ($10 or more)
Watch the Trailer

Created by Leslye Orr, The Stuffed Animal Halloween Show is now available in a video format. Join Zip the chipmunk and his friends as they go Trick-or Treating, enjoy a hay ride and find a mystery haunted house!! Leslye Orr animates the whole gang with wacky sounds and voices while also sharing creative ideas for imaginative play.

Watch Anytime
You can watch a video recording of The Stuffed Animal Halloween Show anytime until November 30, 2022! Complete and submit the form below to receive a link and password to the video!

The Stuffed Animal Halloween Show

Watch Anytime (video available until November 30, 2021.
Want to watch a video recording of The Stuffed Animal Halloween Show (30 minutes) anytime until November 30, 2021? Watch the show with your own costumed crowd during daytime daycare, for school activities, or at home for your own trick or treat event!

Watch the trailer above and contact Leslye Orr at Dreamland Arts by email to get a link to the full 30 minute video (Pay What You Can options available):

The Stuffed Animal SPRING Show, on Zoom

Date: Sun, May 3, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Duration: 30 minutes
Ages: 3+
Tickets: Free. Contributions to support Dreamland Arts are welcome.
Registration: Click on “Join the Fun” below. After you register, you will receive an email confirmation of your ticket purchase with the Zoom Meeting details.
Format: This performance will be presented on Zoom in a Meeting format. Attendees will have the option to interact with the performer or participate only as observers.

The Stuffed Animal SPRING Show, on Zoom
Hosted by Leslye Orr

The Stuffed Animal Show is an interactive theater experience (now on Zoom) for children ages 3+ and their stuffed animals. Kids and their plushies virtually join Zip the chipmunk and his friends to celebrate the onset of Spring. Leslye Orr animates the whole gang with wacky sounds and voices while also sharing creative ideas for imaginative play. A tiny-sized tea party for all stuffed animals follows each performance.

Technical things you will need:
– A phone, tablet or computer for viewing
– Internet browser or the free Zoom App
– A broadband internet connection is preferred

Fun things to have (all items are Optional):
– A table for the kids to set their stuffed animals
– A regular umbrella
– A doll-size umbrella (for a surprise)
– Doll-size dishes for the tea party

Reviews from our preview performance.

“I could not be more grateful for her [Leslye’s] insight and creativity in engaging our kids. She’s the Fred Rogers of our neighborhood.” – Sarah D., St. Paul

“My son absolutely loved preparing for the Zoom video, getting his whole stuffed animal stage set, and then when he watched her change her sets, he continued to change his. Thank you Leslye for the virtual theater!” – Natalie W., Chicago

“Leslye helped us find our voices!” – Cobbler and Rainbow (stuffed animals), St. Paul