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Theater Gifts: A Tiny Show Ready to Go!

Give spontaneous theatrical performances sure to delight any audience! Equal parts collectible novelty and performance art. Whether you stick to the script or make up your own storyline, each edition promises hours of thoughtful and creative entertainment.

Key features:

  • Each set includes a 1.5 x 2 inch matchbox, a stage, fourteen (14) colorful puppet characters and an original script
  • Eight (8) editions to choose from (see below) including Haiku poetry, a journey inside a cell, snake handlers, psychics, and the eternal words of Henry David Thoreau, Pablo Neruda, and Emily Dickinson
  • Everything fits neatly into the included matchbox
  • Phosphorous-free matches ensure no surprise pyrotechnics
  • Super easy assembly so you can start the show immediately
  • Content created for adults but fine for children 6 and over
  • Lightweight and slips easily into a pocket or purse
  • Packaged in a bio-degradable cellophane wrapper

Great for:

  • Family travel - long car trips and airplane rides
  • Guided imaginary play for kids 6+
  • Stocking stuffer for theater fans
  • Always having on hand to entertain friends and strangers



Quantity: $7.25

Issa's Insects: Haiku poems about insects by Kobayashi Issa.

Script Excerpts:
1) "Climb Mount Fuji, / O snail, / but slowly, slowly."
2) "Under my house / an inchworm / measuring the joists."

Cast of Characters:

Quantity: $7.25

The Poetic Cell:
A poetic tour through the inside of a cell.

Script Excerpts:
1) "Chromosomes unravel / like a sweater. / A whole meter of DNA in just one cell!"
2) "Mighty mitochondria. / Chemical energy busts from its biceps / like the strongman at the circus."

Cast of Characters:


Quantity: $7.25

Pablo Neruda's Questions:
Excerpts from Pablo Neruda's "The Book of Questions."

Script Excerpts:
1) "Which yellow bird fills its nest with lemons?"
2) "How did the abandoned bicycle win its freedom?

Cast of Characters:

Quantity: $7.25

Old-Fashioned Medicine Show:
A rolicking good time.

Script Excerpts:
1) "Banjo Man loves the infamous "Wa-hoo" Vegetable Compound. Containing sarsaparilla, prickly ash, rhubarb, and "wa-hoo!," it will restore snap and vigor to your being."
2) "Please watch closely as our fearless snake handler wraps this six foot poisonous creature...

Cast of Characters:


Quantity: $7.25

Thoreau's Walden:
Excerpts from "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau.

Script Excerpts:
1) "I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree."
2) "I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion.

Cast of Characters:

Quantity: $7.25

Fortune Teller:
Three fortune tellers and all the props.

Script Excerpts:
1) "Do come in and have a seat. No don't need to explain. I already know..."
2) "When I look deep within my crystal ball I see _____________ in your future."

Cast of Characters:


Quantity: $7.25

Emily Dickinson:
Excerpts from Emily Dickinson's poems.

Script Excerpts:
1) "Adrift! A little boat adrift! / And night is coming down! / Will no one guide a little boat / Unto the nearest town?"
2) "A drop fell on the apple tree / Another on the roof; / A half dozen kissed the eaves, / And made the gables laugh."

Cast of Characters:


Quantity: $7.25


Create Your Own:
Create your own characters and write your own script.

This one comes with blank puppets and a blank script. Make a show about your family, friends, or co-workers. Or perhaps animals or aliens!

Quantity (sets): $49.25


Set of Eight (8):
One of each original edition of Matchbox Theater.

This is a full set that includes: Issa's Insects, The Poetic Cell, Pablo Neruda's Questions, Old-Fashioned Medicine Show, Thoreau's Walden, Fortune Teller, Emily Dickinson, and Create Your Own!