Grey Seal Puppets

Grey Seal Puppets

Well known for their trademark whimsical approach to storytelling and exquisite puppet design, Grey Seal Puppets offers a variety of puppet performances sure to tickle your fancy. Their repertoire includes a variety of productions from familiar fairy tales (The Emperor’s New Clothes) to original stories (Bathtub Pirates). The company’s thirty-year history includes such honors as three Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA (International puppetry organization), the President’s Award from the Puppeteers of America, and the Award for Leadership in Theatre from the NC Theatre Conference. In addition to touring productions, Grey Seal also performs regularly on television with clients such as The Reimler Agency (Bojangles), WTVI-Channel 42 (local PBS affiliate), the Muppets, and Silver Burdett Ginn. Their television work has been honored with several awards in the industrial and broadcast categories including a prestigious Beacon Award and the ITVA Silver Reel of Excellence. Grey Seal Puppets offers custom character design services. Their work includes not only puppet design, but also mascot characters, specialty costuming, and props. Grey Seal has created characters for clients such as the Cartoon Network, the New Orleans Hornets, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and the Charlotte Bobcats. Drew Allison is the founder of Grey Seal Puppets. He is involved in all phases of production including writing, building, designing and performing. Drew has performed regularly on television and stage for over 30 years. In 1994 Drew was awarded The President’s Award by The Puppeteers of America for outstanding achievement in the art of puppetry. Drew also co-authored The Foam Book: An Easy Guide to Building Polyfoam Puppets and is featured in the Foam Book DVD. For more information about Grey Seal Puppets, please visit our website at Grey Seal Puppets 231 Foster Avenue Charlotte, NC 28203 1-888-GREY SEAL


  PO Box 11902, Charlotte, NC 28220



Grey Seal Puppets "Theatre With Puppets 4-Day Resi...

Program description

Students watch a Grey Seal Puppet performance called “Tangle of Tales”  and then break into a small group format. There they write, design and create their own adaptations of stories they witnessed in the performance.

Booking / scheduling contact

Drew Allison


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Puppetry, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Residency, Virtual/Online Program
Population served: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Language Arts, Literacy, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

We are available year-round.

Available times:

We can schedule around your schedule.

Length of program: 45-60 minutes per session
Space / technical requirements:

We provide all staging, sound and lighting. We provide all materials for puppets to be constructed by students.


At your school

Fees / Ticketing:

$2000.00 for the 4-day residency and performance


NC Standard Course of Study:


NC Essential Standards:



Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes