Open a Book! Year Three - Sponsored by Optima Health


We've opened the book to reading fun! And some schools and youth centers are getting the program at

Rainbow Puppet Productions introduces a whole new dimension in learning.  The award-winning team has created a new musical review that shares the joy of reading through music, dance, puppetry, and story-telling.  It's a travelling, early reading program designed around our new children's book.

And thanks to a very generous grant from Optima Health, some schools and youth centers will be getting the show at no cost.

Not Just a Show!

"Open a Book" doesn't end with the show.  There's a storybook, created especially for this production that re-tells many of the highlights of the program.  Students can relive and re-tell the stories to their families.

Produced by Award-Winning Experts...

Rainbow Puppet Productions have long been recognized for their ability to excite and entertain young audiences.  In fact, they are the Young Audiences of Virginia Sunburst Award winner for their performance excellence.   This fast-paced program will keep even the youngest of audiences entertained. 

An all-new show!

Even if we visited you last year, this is an all-new show with all new books.  We've added a story about bullying and character development and created a book for older students so everyone will get a book this year!

Open a Book Grant Application

Rainbow Puppet Productions

(757) 851-3266

The Book! The Tour! The Grant!


The Books

Pre-k to 2nd graders will recieve THE TALL, THE TOUGH, AND THE TINY.  It's a storybook about teamwork and appreciating the skills of others.  3RD grade and older will recieve MARY PEAKE AND THE MIGHTY ACORN about Virginia's legendary teacher.  It covers many history SOL's related to our nation's growth.

The Tour!

The show will be on tour throughout the state of Virginia in 2020.  

The Grant!

We have received a grant for 150 shows.  Just fill out the form above or call us at 757 851-3266.  

Frequently asked questions

  • SHOW LENGTH:  The show lasts one hour from the moment students are seated until they are dismissed with their books.  Books are handed individually to each student in the performance space to ensure each student gets a copy. 
  • SETUP TIME:  We need one hour to set up.  We need parking as close to the performance space as possible due to the amount of equipment we bring:  LIGHTS, SOUND, SETS, PUPPETS.  This is a huge, professional production.
  • PERFORMANCE SPACE:   We can perform in a gym, auditorium, or other large space.  We prefer 15 x 15 feet of space.  Please have the area cleared and ready for  our setup.
  • LOAD IN:   For the safety of chldren, we recommend that you have staff member by the entry door as we load in and load out.  We need the doors open to allow us to quickly set up and be ready on time.
  • INTRODUCTION BY A SCHOOL OFFICIAL:  This is a great time to remind students and teachers of theater manners.  No conversations with neighbors, no cell phones, no texting, etc.  This may be a first theater experience for some students so modeling great theater manners is part of the learning process.

About the Show... It's a travelling early reading program


Study and Hard Work

Joy of Reading


 A history book allows us to meet Abraham Lincoln and Mary Peake. Lincoln introduces the Emancipation Proclamation which is read under an oak tree in Hampton, Virginia. Under that oak tree, we meet Mary Peake who is teaching newly freed African Americans to read. 

Joy of Reading

Study and Hard Work

Joy of Reading


Mary Peake shares the joy or reading to her neighbors.  She then shares tales of their past.

Study and Hard Work

Study and Hard Work

Study and Hard Work


We meet Katherine Johnson who used her math skills to allow Neil Armstrong to walk on the moon.

Mother Goose Fun

Mother Goose Fun

Study and Hard Work


A visit to Mother Goose Land to hear many classic rhymes and songs including "Hickory, Dickory, Dock" and "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary."


Mother Goose Fun

And more...


A science book introduces animals “Great and Small.”  This includes an electric eel right out of the Amazon.

And more...

Mother Goose Fun

And more...


We run out of time to meet all the animals… so the audience is encouraged to seek out more at their local library or through a book of their own.

Program Coverage...

Here are highlights and details on the program...