About

"Because everyone needs a little magic . . ."

Want to transform an 'ordinary' event into an extraordinary experience filled with puppetry, musical participation, and more? Why Starlite Puppets? Because everyone needs a little magic!

Mission Statement:

Starlite Puppets is dedicated to sharing the art of storytelling with puppetry and live music. Puppetry is for everyone--the young and the young at heart! Come join us in the magic making today!



Arts in Education:

"The arts are not a frill. The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature, and help to shape our identity. What is there that can transcend deep difference and stubborn divisions? The arts. They have a wonderful universality. Art has the potential to unify. It can speak in many languages without a translator. The arts do not discriminate. The arts can lift us up."
Former Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

Little hermit crabs coming out for a visit following the puppet story "Hermit Crab Finds a House", fostering a memorable impression of the story that can live with the children, long after the event has passed!






Meet Starlite Puppets:


Connie Manson Upon graduation, Connie was asked by a fellow theatre arts student to help perform puppetry for school children in her troupe. Connie jumped at the opportunity and has rarely been seen without a puppet ever since! Later in 1990 she became the founder and artistic director of Starlite Puppets and has shared live acoustic music and the magic of puppetry professionally with children of all ages in numerous settings throughout North America. 

The combination of a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts and a Master's Degree in Waldorf Early Childhood education has supported her desire to awaken delight and creativity as a performer and as an educator. Currently you'll find Connie serving as a Parent Child and Grades Music Teacher for Suncoast Waldorf School. She has led puppetry and music workshops for homeschooling families, parents, and teachers at a number of Waldorf training centers throughout the United States. 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. Connie is a member of AFTA (Association of Florida Teaching Artists).

She is honored to share this work with her husband, retired Waldorf teacher and musician Peter Chin.


Peter Chin has been a teacher working in elementary and secondary education for almost 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 music and theatrical support for Starlite Puppets productions.  






Special Events, Workshops, and More!



 "Thank you SO MUCH for coming today. It was everything and more than we expected. You and Peter are talented, and you are lovely to work with. Everyone said how great you were, what a way you have with children, and that it was an incredible show."--Sasha L






"We just wanted to thank you again for making Vince's birthday magical. The puppet story was so enchanting, he loved making the butterflies and his first (not last) tea party was so nice. But you didn't stop there, you wrote such a neat birthday story, you made him a ladybug, you made him feel like a king with a crown and velvet cape . . . but most of all, you made his birthday very special for him!" Vance, Holly and Wiley.