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Peggy Melchior, Debbi White and Heidi Shackleford, of MMHP Puppet Productions Inc., present captivating creative puppet shows for children, puppet making day camps and workshops.

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Puppet Performances

Peewinkle's Puppets are now available to bring a 'run' (four or more performances) of puppet shows to your venue. Available shows are:

"The Slightly Haunted Puppet Show"
Classic music and traditional Halloween characters... juggling scarecrow, concert pianist, kitchen witch, dancing skeleton, flying ghost and more. This family friendly show is a great alternative to the haunted house.

"Peewinkle's Christmas Puppet Show"
This fun filled, high spirited, holiday entertainment is a perfect event for the whole family. Mozart and Ludmilla, the ritzy rodents, will host this variety show of holiday marionettes, music and audience participation.

"The Valentine's Day Cabaret"
Sweetheart, a lovable clown, emcees this show of all our 'sweet' characters, Olga the Ballerina, Baby Elephant, Butterflies, Monkey on the Trapeze, Dots and Stripes and more! A real sweet treat for your kids, grandkids or preschoolers!

Post show workshops are also offered.

The Melchior Marionettes are also available for single performances for your school, corporate and festival events:

"Comedy Cabaret on Strings"

"Holiday Cabaret on Strings"

Show and workshop fees vary, please contact Peewinkle or Melchior for specifics

History of Puppetry Lecture/Demo

Peewinkle's Puppets are now available to bring an entertaining Lecture/Demo to your classroom or organization. View a wide variety of puppets from Peewinkle's vintage and international puppet collection, learn the importance of puppet history and watch historical puppets in action!

Puppet workshops are available after the lecture/demo. Contact Peggy

Camps and Workshops

Peewinkle's Puppets now offers puppet making camps at your venue! Camps range from 2 hours to a full week/full day. Campers will have fun creating, building and performing a variety of puppets.


Full week camps will start off with a professional show and end with a delightful camper show on the last day. Camps are appropriate for ages 5 and up. Camp tuition/fees are site specific and will be negotiated upon interest. Contact Debbi

Summer Camp with Peewinkle's Puppets

"Fun time, Bug time, Puppet time"
Great camp for the creative child!

All camps 9am - 4pm - Tuition $225

Campers bring sack lunch, snacks/drinks. Each camp begins with a show by Peewinkles and ends with a camper show for families (Friday at 3pm). Limit 12 campers in each session.

Sessions 1 & 2 have repeat content.
Session 1 - July 20 - 24 - The Irving Theatre , 5505 E.Washington (Eastside Irvington)
Session 2 - July 27 - 31 - Westside Garden Plaza, 8616 W. 10th St., (Westside, near Avon)

"Bug Puppets Galore" - Ages 5 - 8
Campers will make a 'buggy' hand puppet, marionette, mouth puppet and black light puppet. They will also make stage props for the final show.

"Insects Here, There and Everywhere"- Ages 9 and up
Campers will make a marionette, shadow puppet and black light creation. They will also make stage props for the final show.

Questions & Registration: Debbi 317.695.5422


School Residencies

These programs will be customized to meet the needs the school.

Peewinkle's Staff

Peggy Melchior Pearson

Artistic Director of Melchior Marionettes and Peewinkle's Puppets

The owner of The Melchior Marionette Theatre in Nashville, IN, from 1983 - 2018.

Available for on site performances & history of puppetry lectures.

For more information on The Melchior Marionettes, please visit

317.535.4853 or 800.849.4853

BFA in from Cleveland Institute of Art.

Heidi Shackleford

Aka Gertrude the Witch in October, puppeteer and high school art teacher!

Available for performances on weekends and vacation time.

BFA in fine arts & BA in art education from Columbus College of Art and IUPUI.

Debbi White

Executive Director, Youth Programs Director and puppeteer at Peewinkle's Puppets

Available for workshops and camps.

BA in social work from Ball State University.