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Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster


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Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster

Based on two books by Mo Willems.

Saturday, October 14, 2023
1pm in Stewart Theatre

$12 | Kids under 3 are FREE | Both KIDSTUFF shows for $18

Filled with wonder, humour and oodles of warmth, you are sure to be charmed by this real gem of a show.

– Edinburgh Festival for Kids

About the Show

Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just… isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Will Leonardo finally get to scare the tuna salad out of someone? Or will it be the start of an unlikely friendship? The plot thickens when this pair meets Kerry and Frankenthaler, an even scaredier-cat and her monster friend. Kerry and Sam need to make a big decision: will they just be scaredy cats or can they become friends?

Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster uses hundreds of illustrated paper puppets, book pages, two-dimensional props, furry monster puppets, and songs to bring Mo Willems’ books about courage and friendship to life. Created by the ingenious Emmy Award-winning company Manual Cinema, known for mixing low-fi props with interactive technology.

Recommended for creative and curious minds ages 5 to 10 and their families.


Mr. Hatch leads a predictable and dreary life; he keeps to himself. One Valentine’s Day, he unexpectedly receives a heart-shaped package with an anonymous note that whispers, “somebody loves you,” and everything changes. With captivating puppetry and innovative set design, Eileen Spinelli’s heartwarming tale of transformation from loneliness to friendship springs to life.

Don’t miss Axis Theatre’s Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch on February 25, 2024

Performers from Axis Theatre hold Mr. Hatch puppet and play ukulele. Photo by Jayda Paige.


NC State LIVE strives to make our programming accessible to everyone. If you have an access need or an accommodation request, please email Liza Green, associate director at Learn more about accessibility at NC State LIVE.

Protect the Pack

NC State LIVE is fully committed to the health and wellness of our campus, community and artists and will be following all public health and NC State University’s Community Standards as of the date of the event.

Face coverings are not required inside our theatres. Stewart Theatre has a state-of-the-art UV filtration system, extra hand sanitizing stations and paperless ticketing. In the event that a performance is cancelled, all tickets will be fully refunded.

It Takes a Village

NC State LIVE is supported in part by grants from the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission, South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.