a puppeteer holding up a stuffed wiener dog and a hoop for it to jump through

Mesner Puppet Theater
'Cirque du Wiener Dog'

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2022 - December 10, 2022 | Polsky Theatre

School shows start at $5.
Evening/weekend shows start at $9.

Individual Tickets

Grades K-2


Cirque du Wiener Dog is a variety show featuring a cast of wacky wiener dog performers.


Inspired by traditional trick marionette variety acts, this Mike Horner Production show features glove puppet, marionette and rod puppet dachshunds performing classic circus routines to a soundtrack of raucous polka tunes.

Over the past three decades, the Mesner Puppet Theatre (MPT) has captivated nearly 2 million people through its productions and educational programming. Audiences delight in the craftsmanship of the puppets, which range from glove puppets to marionettes to innovative shadow and object-based puppetry. MPT uses humor and heart to present stories that connect to the complex social-emotional experiences of young audiences.

MPT holds the distinction of receiving three Union Internationale de la Marionette (UNIMA-USA) Citations of Excellence. The UNIMA-USA award was created by Jim Henson to promote high quality puppetry in the U.S. and is considered the “Academy Award” of puppetry.