Apr 2–May 26, 2019

Harold and the Purple Crayon


Center for Puppetry Arts

Based on the books by Crockett Johnson  

Adapted for the puppet stage by Jon Ludwig

All rights reserved by The Ruth Krauss Foundation, Inc., Stewart Edelstein, President.

Performance Dates

Apr 2–May 26, 2019

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Sensory-Friendly Programming

Book List


Ages 4+

Reduced-Price Previews April 2 | No Shows April 21

A curious young boy has the power to create anything he can imagine, simply by drawing it with his oversized purple crayon. The Center for Puppetry Arts is thrilled to announce the world premiere our original adaptation of Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Based on the beloved book series by Crockett Johnson, this production combines the latest in projection technology with blacklight puppetry to enable Harold to create his world live on stage - in real time. From enchanted gardens to a circus and wild ride to the moon, see where Harold and his crayon can take you!

Learning Themes: Adventure, imagination, self-reliance, visual art

Puppetry Styles: Blacklight, Rod

Create-A-Puppet Workshop™: Purple Porcupine Rod Puppet

Mainstage Theater

This program is supported in part by:

The David, Helen and Marian Woodward Foundation

Cheryl Henson


Sensory-Friendly Programming

Sun, April 14, 2019

12-5pm: Museum exhibits
1pm & 3pm: Performances
12-5pm: Create-A-Puppet Workshops™

Guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.

Performance alterations include theater lights dimmed down but not out, consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and to leave their seat if necessary, a quiet zone in the lobby, and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. Create-A-Puppet Workshop classrooms will be brighter, quieter, and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs. This modified programming also extends to include our expanded Museum, where lighting will be adjusted and specialized educational activities (such as touch tables and guided storytelling) will be integrated.

Noise-reducing headphones, sunglasses, and fidget toys are available upon request, and social stories are available for download on our website.

This program is supported in part by:

Cheryl Henson

Book List

Below are the stories that will be adapted and included in the Center's production of Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold and his crayon are introduced. His drawings get him in and out of trouble. This is Harold's first journey. He draws a hungry moose, a deserving porcupine, and a scary dragon

Harold’s Fairy Tale 
Harold discovers an enchanted garden but nothing is growing. So, Harold goes on a quest to see the King and discovers a Witch Giant has been trampling the garden. With his purple crayon, Harold saves the day.

Harold’s Trip to the Sky
Harold goes on a wild ride on a rocket to the moon and beyond including a visit from a crazy looking Martian.

Harold’s Circus 
Harold's imagination takes him to the circus. He meets a friendly elephant, a beautiful trick horse, a hilarious clown and he gets shot out of a cannon.

A Picture for Harold’s Room
What Harold's room needs is a picture. With his purple crayon, Harold travels past the moon, walks over hills and creates many wonderful things.