Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Reopens With Performances Of “Wake Up, Daisy!”

Published on February 15, 2022, 11:03 am
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City Parks Foundation’s landmark Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, which is located in Central Park, will officially re-open to the public on Friday, February 18, 2022 after being closed for nearly two years due to the pandemic. The cottage will reopen withan original, new family friendly marionette show, ‘Wake Up, Daisy!’. Performances will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. & 01:00 p.m. Proof of full vaccination will be required for all guests ages 5 and older as well as masks for all guests ages 2 and older, following the Key to NYC regulations.

‘Wake Up, Daisy!’ an original story and marionette production produced by City Parks Foundation’s Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre – is a modern take on Sleeping Beauty and is set on New York City’s Upper West Side. Wake Up, Daisy! tells the story of Daisy, a lively little girl living in the heart of New York City in an apartment overlooking Central Park. At a much-anticipated birthday party, Daisy’s parents invite everyone to celebrate, including three special guests from Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx who grant her gifts of courage, knowledge, and a second chance. When an unwelcome guest shows up and casts a curse on her, Daisy’s life is changed forever. Will the curse dim Daisy’s light forever? Or will her vivid imagination along with some great friends help her break the curse once and for all?

The productionis recommended for families with children ages 3 – 8. Ticket prices for Wake Up, Daisy! are:$8 for children under 12 years of age and $12 for all others. Tickets must be purchased in advance online and are available here. Tickets will not be available to be purchased in-person at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre will be operating on a reduced capacity and will encourage social distanced seating within the theatre. Guests will receive a temperature check and proof of full vaccination will be required for guests ages 5 years and older and checked upon arrival to the performance. Masks fully covering the nose and mouth of all guests ages 2 and up will be required upon entry and throughout the performance.

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, in conjunction with the Key to NYC regulations, requires all guests ages 5 years and older to present valid proof of full vaccination (two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

The following can be used as proof of vaccination:

  • CDC Vaccination Card. A digital photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable.
  • NYC Vaccination Record or other official immunization record, including from your health care provider. A digital photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable. If you are unable to get this record, call 311.
  • NYC CoViD Safe App: Android | iOS. You can upload to this app a photo of your CDC vaccination card or other official record, along with your photo ID.
  • CLEAR Health Pass: Android | iOS. You can use the digital vaccine card option in the CLEAR app if you are 18 and older and are fully vaccinated.
  • Excelsior Pass (or Excelsior Pass Plus). To use this app, you will need the phone number or email address associated with your New York vaccination record. If you are unable to use this app, try one of the other options listed above.

Please note, we are unable to accommodate exemptions. For more information on the Key to NYC regulations, please visit here.

For more information on school group rates, please call 212-879-0794 or e-mail swedishcottage@cityparksfoundation.org. Private rentals and birthday parties are not permitted at this time.


About City Parks Foundation

At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs — located in hundreds of parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City — reach thousands of people each year. Our ethos is simple: thriving parks mean thriving communities.

About the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

The enchanting Swedish architecture and craftsmanship of the Swedish Cottage which was suggestive of a model schoolhouse caught the eye of Central Park creator Frederick Law Olmsted, who brought it to Central Park in 1877. A traveling marionette company was founded in 1939 and in 1947 the Swedish Cottage became home to the company. In 1973, a permanent theater was constructed inside the Swedish Cottage, designed for marionette performances. Since then, hundreds of thousands of children and families from around the world have enjoyed its original productions. Under the direction of City Parks Foundation, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and CityParks PuppetMobile continues to thrill audiences from around the world, entertaining upwards of 65,000 people each year.

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