Now a penguin may look very strange in a living room, but a living room looks very strange to a penguin.

Mr. and Mrs. Popper are an ordinary couple in an ordinary English town…until some extraordinary Antarctic penguins come to stay! Lighting up the stage with song and dance, these birds possess talents rivaling the best of vaudeville. Delight in imaginative storytelling, hilarious puppetry and charming musical numbers as these talented creatures warm their way into your heart, taking you and the Poppers on an unpredictable, toe-tapping adventure.

Charlotte Martin Theatre

Age Recommendation: For Ages 4+

Running Time: Approximately 1h 10m. No Intermission.


This production has past.

“Utterly delightful”

The Seattle Times

Additional Resources



Cast / Creative

Emma MacLennan

Greta/Admiral Drake & Understudy for Mrs. Popper

Toby Manley

Captain Cook/Mr. Greenbaum & Understudy for Mr. Popper

Russell Morton

Mr. Popper

Roxanne Palmer

Mrs. Popper

Production Team

Luke Bateman Associate Director/Composer

Emma Eldridge-Doyle Stage Manager

Jack Collard Assistant Stage Manager & Understudy for Puppeteers

Ric Mountjoy Lighting Designer

Emma Earle Director

Nick May Production Manager

Zoe Squire Scenic & Costume Designer

Emma Cains Costume Supervisor

Richy Hughes Lyricist

Jason Barnes Sound Designer

Nick Barnes Puppet Designer/Coach

Reading List

For Children & Young Adults:

And Tango Makes Three
Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

A Bear Called Paddington
Michael Bond

A Goofy Guide to Penguins (A Toon Book)
Jean-Luc Coudray and Philippe Coudray

I Won a What?
Audrey Vernick

Lulu and the Duck in the Park
Hilary McKay

Sergio Makes a Splash
Edel Rodriguez

Sophie Scott Goes South
Alison Lester

One Cool Friend
Toni Buzzeo
Enamored with the penguins at the zoo, Elliot asks to bring one home. His distracted father thinks Elliot means a toy penguin from the gift shop, but Elliot has other ideas! (A Caldecott Honor book)



Penguin DayA Family Story
Nic Bishop

One Day on Our Blue Planet…in the Antarctic
Ella Bailey
In the latest volume of Ella Bailey's picture book exploration of the daily lives of baby animals, we head to the ice shelf to meet a young penguin chick. What do she and her family eat? How many brothers and sisters does she have? What do they do for fun?


For Adults Working with Children & Young Adults:

Antarctic Antics and More Hilarious Animal Stories (DVD)
Scholastic Storybook Treasures

Lost and Found (DVD)
Based on the picture book by Oliver Jeffers, this award-winning animated film follows a boy who finds a penguin on his doorstep and returns him home to the South Pole – only to discover that home for them both is with each other.


Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (And What the Neighbors Thought)
Kathleen Krull

Ashley Bryan’s Puppets: Making Something From Everything
Ashley Bryan

Shackleton’s Journey 
William Grill
Young, up-and-coming illustrator William Grill weaves a detailed visual narrative of Shackleton's journey to Antarctica. Grill's beautiful use of colored pencils and vibrant hues, and his impeccably researched drawings, rich with detail, effortlessly evoke the adventure and excitement that surrounded the expedition.


Penguin Cams:

Booklist prepared by Lauren Mayer
Seattle Public Library

More Info

After a successful run on 42nd Street in New York, Kenny Wax Entertainment and TC Beech bring us this fantastic adaptation of the beloved book by Richard and Florence Atwater. Make your way to SCT this holiday season for a wintry treat, fit for the whole family. Fans of A Year with Frog and Toad and Harold and the Purple Crayon will love what is sure to be a new holiday classic.

Running Time: Approximately 1h 10m. No Intermission.