Snohomish’s Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater is celebrating spring at 10 a.m. today with a kid-friendly stage show called “Cyndi Soup and the Thumbnail Puppets at The Imagine Inn.”
“It’s all about sunshine, growing things with some bugs, farmyard animals and a few alligators thrown in for good measure,” Thumbnail Theater vice president David Douglas said.
Fairy Tale Flip-Flops and Critter Capers, two parts of the musical, puppet-based show, are a mix of classic stories with a twist, told by Cyndi Elliott, a.k.a. “Cyndi Soup,” a writer, teacher and puppeteer with a background in education who works with longtime entertainer Noah and other staff members to bring family theater to this local stage.
The “Imagine Inn” show lasts an hour and does not have an intermission, but since it encourages a great deal of audience participation, the Thumbnail staff believes the time passes quickly enough that even such young audiences don’t need a break.
Frequently children, and sometimes adults, Douglas said, are encouraged to join the performers onstage, in addition to dancing in the aisles and singing. After the show, visitors often get to see the puppets up close.
Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, a nonprofit organization, has been in Snohomish since 2003. Recent shows have included “Return to Kaddywompas,” featuring original Tim Noah songs, and a holiday musical production, running from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.
This coming holiday season, Douglas said, the group will present its original musical “Doc Holiday’s Toy Rescue.” More summer performances will be announced soon.
In addition to its stage shows, the theater also offers open mike nights at 6 p.m. every second Saturday, for people of all ages to share their musical or other stage talents. The only catch is that all performances must be completely live.
People can also take theater classes, and piano, voice and guitar lessons at Thumbnail. Theater class topics range from simple movement for ages 3 to 5, to comedy, fundamental singing and acting skills for those up to age 12, and from age 12 to adults.
“Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater is becoming recognized … as a comfortable environment for children to both witness and participate in musical theater,” Douglas said.
Gus Puppy and Marylou entertain at Thumbnail Theater.