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Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster

October 1, 2023 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

Close-up photo of a hand holding a green paper monster puppet next to two paper child puppets on a spiral notebook.

Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just… isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Will Leonardo finally get to scare the tuna salad out of someone? Or will it be the start of an unlikely friendship? The plot thickens when this pair meets Kerry and Frankenthaler, an even scaredier cat and her monster friend. Kerry and Sam need to make a big decision: will they just be scaredy cats, or can they become friends?

Manual Cinema presents Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster, a unique theater experience using hundreds of illustrated paper puppets, two-dimensional props, furry monster puppets, live actors, and songs to bring Mo Willems’ books.

Like all Manual Cinema productions, you are invited to watch the big screen like a traditional movie, or to watch the artists below as they create the story in real time.

Ages: 3 and up
Run Time: 45 minutes

Please note there are some loud sounds, flashing lights, and furry monster puppets in this show!

Children’s Theatre and Performing Arts programs are supported by The Shubert Foundation.

“Manuel Cinema”
Images by Manuel Cinema, Characters © Mo Willems


October 1, 2023
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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$20 Members / $25 Non-Members


Performing Arts Theater