The CastIron Carousel

The CastIron Carousel is a Portland-local marionette troupe with a dark flavor and a twisted sense of style. Our focus is adult audiences, but our plays are suitable for families. The CastIron Carousel tells stories about things that clang, steam, whistle and go bump in the night. Tales to horrify and fascinate with beauty, tragedy and a wry sense of humor.

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Young Daniel Candlewick finds himself in the difficult position of needing to help his widowed mother pay the mortgage on their small farm—a predicament made all the more difficult by the fact that the year is 1933 and Daniel is only ten years old.Daniel has two options: work for Farmer John picking apples for a pittance, or become the apprentice of the mysterious Dr. Ameil Hadrian—a recluse rumored to be responsible for the strange mechanical-organic animal hybridizations that have been turning up dead on the highway of late. But Dr. Hadrian, you see, will pay well anyone who consents to be his apprentice—an offer too tempting for Daniel to refuse…The Curious Chronicles of Daniel Candlewick is a forty-minute play performed entirely with marionettes: cunningly articulated miniature actors in beautifully ornate sets. A play in five acts plus prologue and epilogue, this dark tale is not recommended for small children.After the performance, take the opportunity to ask and have your questions answered by the performers from the CastIron Carousel, and even get a chance to go back stage and see the sets and puppets up close!There is no other marionette troupe in the U.S. that puts as much effort and craftsmanship into every detail of every performance. These intimate performances are a rare opportunity to see an ancient art form close up and in person.

Young Daniel Candlewick finds himself in the difficult position of needing to help his widowed mother pay the mortgage on their small farm—a predicament made all the more difficult by the fact that the year is 1933 and Daniel is only ten years old.

Daniel has two options: work for Farmer John picking apples for a pittance, or become the apprentice of the mysterious Dr. Ameil Hadrian—a recluse rumored to be responsible for the strange mechanical-organic animal hybridizations that have been turning up dead on the highway of late. But Dr. Hadrian, you see, will pay well anyone who consents to be his apprentice—an offer too tempting for Daniel to refuse…

The Curious Chronicles of Daniel Candlewick is a forty-minute play performed entirely with marionettes: cunningly articulated miniature actors in beautifully ornate sets. A play in five acts plus prologue and epilogue, this dark tale is not recommended for small children.

After the performance, take the opportunity to ask and have your questions answered by the performers from the CastIron Carousel, and even get a chance to go back stage and see the sets and puppets up close!

There is no other marionette troupe in the U.S. that puts as much effort and craftsmanship into every detail of every performance. These intimate performances are a rare opportunity to see an ancient art form close up and in person.

Backdrops and props built or painted recently for The Doom That Came to Fiddle Creak

Some of the props and furniture built so far for The Doom That Came to Fiddle Creak

Recent production photos from The Doom That Came to Fiddle Creak

Several production photos from the last month of building

A page from the puppet making section of the book - hand samples printed in full 1/4 scale so they can be traced and used as patterns right out of the book! Ten great poses that can be reversed for Left or Right hands.
New Dr. Hadrian T-shirt design

Beasley under construction. So far his arms have been assembled and carved.

Puppet-making underway for The Doom That Came to Fiddle Creak