About Us

"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." Yeats

Our vision: 
Starlite Puppets is dedicated to sharing the art of storytelling with puppetry and live music, woven together in a way that delights, inspires creativity, and encourages a sense of wonder and possibility. Programs are joyful and interactive. Come join us in the magic making!

Why Starlite Puppets? 
Because everyone needs a little magic!

Meet Starlite Puppets:
Connie Manson

Music has always been a very special part of my life. My mother taught me how to play the piano and my grandmother was a ragtime pianist! I sang and played music through out my childhood, and have always found music and theatre a way to connect in a meaningful way with others. I decided to pursue theatre in college. Upon graduation, I was asked by a fellow theatre arts student to help perform puppet stories for school children. I jumped at the opportunity! We performed kneeling in a large black box holding the puppets above our heads, so I never saw the children's faces, but I remember how silent they were through the entire show. Later as I began my journey as a teacher in a classroom I watched the children whenever a puppet story traveled to our school, and I was struck by how strongly the children were drawn to the puppets! 

My journey continued to unfold when I was introduced to Waldorf education and soon after decided to pursue a Master's Degree in Waldorf Early Childhood Education. I learned about the power of simplicity, and was introduced to a treasure trove of stories loved by children throughout the ages. I soon became the founder and artistic director of Starlite Puppets and began sharing puppetry in a number of venues. Music started to weave more prominently into the stories when I had the amazing fortune to help create a children's musical group later dubbed 'Kinderfolk'. The group consisted of me on vocals (with puppets in tow), a guitarist, a flute player, and a hammered dulcimer player. The three were all professional musicians whose children attended the school I taught in. We wanted to create a beautiful experience that was joyful, calming, and invited the child to participate.

I soon learned how to sculpt my own puppets using a technique with wool called needle felting, and with that so many possibilities opened up! I began teaching others how to create their own puppets, and I continue to delight in the wonder of watching their creations begin to live in meaningful movement.

I love performing and watching how a group of strangers are able to come together through finding the magic within a story told with puppets. The experience invites the audience to slow down, to create within themselves a place for something new and wonder-filled to happen, and to enter into the simplicity and beauty with their imaginations. Peter, my husband, has an extraordinary ability to know just when the story needs a sound effect to complement the magic!

Starlite Puppets has most recently been featured in the Herald-Tribune, Pelican Press, Natural Awakenings, Positive Change and on Youtube with The Observer Media Group. I am connected to AFTA (Association of Florida Teaching Artists).

I am honored to share this work with my husband, Peter Chin, a talented musician and retired Waldorf teacher beloved by so many parents and children.

Peter Chin has been a teacher working in elementary and secondary education for over thirty years. He began his career as a Waldorf class teacher in Colorado and continued serving as a class teacher in California and most recently Florida. He has a background in the dramatic arts and enjoys providing musical and theatrical support for Starlite Puppets productions.