Wednesday, November 16, 2016

You'll be back

The Hollywood Troll and I performed "You'll Be Back" from "Hamilton" last weekend at the "Hamiltunes" sing-along.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Tales of Peter Rabbit (Revival!)

Gina Wilhelm Actress - The Tales of Peter Rabbit (Revival!)

WHAT: "The Tales of Peter Rabbit" performed by Thistle Theatre, a puppet theater for families.

WHERE/WHEN: Magnuson Park Theatre, 7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, Bldg. 47,  October 8 and 9, 1 and 3 p.m.

Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117, October 22 and 23 at 1 and 3 p.m.

BYT - Ivanhoe Theatre 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008, May 17 and 18 at 2 and 4 p.m.


TO BUY TICKETS: Call 206-524-3388 or visit or (Magnuson Park), (Sunset Hill), (BYT - Ivanhoe Theatre) or buy them at the door.

This week marks the opening of "The Tales of Peter Rabbit." This is the beautiful puppet show we just presented in tour in Atlanta, Georgia, now presented for our local audiences in Seattle!

This puppet play tells the stories of some of Beatrix Potter's most beloved characters. The main stories are those of Peter Rabbit and his cousin, Benjamin Bunny. It also includes Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mrs. Tittlemouse.

When Peter Rabbit goes adventuring in Mr. MacGregor's garden and loses his new jacket, how will he get it back?

I play Mrs. Tittle-Mouse, Mrs. Rabbit, Flopsy Rabbit (Peter's sister), and a cat that only speaks cat-talk, for some reason.

All voices and songs are performed live by me and fellow puppeteers Ben Burris and Amy Escobar. We use  a variety of puppet styles including Japanese Bunraku-style and rod puppets to tell and sing this British tale.

The script and songs were written by Jean Enticknap and V. Kay Pedersen. Jean also directed this lively production.

This show is recommended for ages 3 and up.

This play has scares and laughs, and bunnies galore! Don't miss our fun, beautiful show!

Gina Wilhelm Actress

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Puppet Panel at International Dota 2 Championship

Dota 2 is a very cool multiplayer online battle arena game made by Valve. Every year, there is an International championship, and this year the championship is held at Seattle's KeyArena.

The championship is a huge deal. Gameplay is broadcast on, YouTube, Steam broadcasting, and WatchESPN. ESPN picked up the tournament due to its large audience (estimated at over 30 million) and large prize pool. 

This year the prize pool is in excess of $20 million -- that's more than the prize pool at the Super Bowl!

There are color announcers during the games, and other analysts commenting on the games in between rounds. 

This year Valve decided to have the analysts in one of the in-between game sessions played by puppets, and I got to be one of the puppeteers!

We had a rehearsal on Sunday, when we found out what we would be doing. We sat at the desk with the real analysts sitting behind us. We would then sync our puppets' movements to what their human counterparts were doing. 

We got to watch our movements on video monitors (as did the human analysts), and the human analysts wore headsets so they could hear each other. 

I got to handle the puppet version of Ted "Pyrion Flax" Forsyth, who has an extensive YouTube channel. He's also a fun, funny guy. 

The hardest part of the gig was not telling anyone what was happening between Sunday afternoon and the performance Tuesday morning. So. Hard. 

It was worth it, though. The reaction when the puppets appeared behind the desk was fantastic, and it apparently was very loud inside the arena itself when they showed up on the Jumbotron. 

It was so loud, in fact, that it was difficult to hear our human counterparts!

The reaction online was good, too. An article appeared in titled "'DOTA 2' International 2016 Has Puppets Analyze and Interview, What Is Happening?" while over at Twitter, someone tweeted "Puppet Dota is best Dota." 

I agree. 

The puppets will definitely be back on Saturday, August 13, for the final day of competition, and we may be back earlier. Keep watching for us!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Brother Coyote and Sister Fox!

WHAT: "Brother Coyote and Sister Fox" performed by Thistle Theatre, a puppet theater for families.

WHERE/WHEN: Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle WA 98117, in Ballard, May 21 and 22 at 1 and 3 p.m.

BYT Ivanhoe Theatre, 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008, May 28 and 29 at 2 and 4 p.m.

Thistle Theatre Studio (The Puppet Kingdom), 6310 NE 74th St. Ste 131, Seattle, Building 30, Southeast Entrance under the blue Seattle Parks awning, June 18 and 19, at 1 and 3 p.m.


TO BUY TICKETS: Visit, (Sunset Hill), (Bellevue), or (Magnuson Park), or call 206-524-3388 or buy them at the door.

Brother Coyote wants to eat Doña Conchita's plump chickens, but Sister Fox is always one step ahead of him.

This is the same show that delighted audiences in Atlanta, GA, at the Center for Puppetry Arts this January. I play the wily Sister Fox.

All voices and songs are performed live by me and fellow puppeteers Andre Nelson and Zane Exactly. We use Japanese Bunraku-style puppets, rod puppets, and song to tell this humorous version of the beloved fairytale.

The script was written by Jean Enticknap and Stephanie Diaz Reppe. Sue Ennis wrote the songs, and Jean directed this lively production. 

The script is based on a set of Mexican folktales and incorporates Spanish and English in the storytelling. This show is recommended for ages 3 and up.

The shows at Sunset Hill Community Club are on May 21 and 22 at 1 and 3 p.m. The community club is in Ballard at 3003 NW 66th Street.

The performances at BYT Ivanhoe Theatre are on May 28 and 29 at 2 and 4 p.m. The theater is in Bellevue at 16661 Northup Way.

Magnuson Park shows are on June 18 and 19 at 1 and 3 p.m. Thistle Theatre's studio is in Magnuson Park in building 30. The address is 6310 NE 74th St. Ste 131 in Seattle.

Please note that the Magnuson Park shows are in our studio, NOT in the theater building! This is different than most previous performances at Magnuson. This is a small, intimate space, and seating is VERY limited. Please buy tickets in advance or consider attending at one of our other venues.  

Come see this fun puppet show while you can!

Gina Wilhelm Actress

Monday, April 11, 2016

Save "The Grinder!"

Gina Wilhelm Actress - Save "The Grinder!"

It's spring, and that means the networks are deciding what TV shows will be renewed for next season.

One of the shows "on the bubble," meaning it hasn't been canceled outright, but it COULD be, is Fox's delightful "The Grinder." This show is smart, funny, and fun, but has gotten criminally low ratings all season.

The series stars Rob Lowe as Dean Sanderson Jr, an actor who has just finished a long run playing a lawyer on a TV show, also called "The Grinder." With no show, he returns to Idaho to be near his father (William Devane, in his best role) and brother Stewart (Fred Savage, all growed up).

Dean Sr and Stewart run a law firm, and Dean Jr decides his experience playing a lawyer make him qualified to practice law. However, he can't stop being dramatic.

Very, very dramatic.

Excessively dramatic

Every episode features clips from Dean's TV shows (usually "The Grinder," but we've seen an early gig on a sitcom as well) shot in a different appropriate style.

There are also fun guest star shots, such as Jason Alexander as Dean's old director, Timothy Olyphant as himself, playing the replacement for The Grinder (Dean's character), Maya Rudolph as Dean's therapist/girlfriend, and Richard Schiff, from "The West Wing," as The Grinder's boss on the show-within-the-show.

Also, of course, the writing is fantastic. It doesn't take itself seriously, and it respects the intelligence of its audience. It lampoons actors and acting, TV shows in general and law shows in particular, and all your favorite TV tropes.

Oh, and Jake Kasdan is a producer (as is Rob Lowe). Like, produced "Freaks and Geeks" and wrote "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" Jake Kasdan! Son of Lawrence Kasdan Jake Kasdan!  That guy!

"The Grinder" (the show you and I can watch) airs Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c on Fox. It plays this upcoming week on April 12. Watch it.

Write the network about how much you loved it (using positive terms, never threats). Play all the clips and episodes on the website. Vote for it at

Save "The Grinder!"

Gina Wilhelm Actress