Turn your Arrghs into Oms, mateys!

Monkey Mind Pirates is a puppet, rock, yoga adventure for families in search of calm.

Sail into the waters of calm with Cap'n Fitz as he discovers

the secrets of taming the Monkey Mind Pirates.

Audience members get to learn and practice basic yoga moves to help the Cap'n find his Calm.

An innovative approach combining mindfulness with playfulness,

Monkey Mind Pirates gives kids creative tools to find calm.

Original soundtrack CD also available.

Available as an indoor or an outdoor interactive show.


Monkey Mind Pirates

Family Yoga Party



Monkey Mind Pirates Family Yoga Party



Monkey Mind Pirates 

Family Yoga Party

Performance history

Ordway Theatre's Flint Hills International Children's Festival; St. Paul, MN

Twin Ports Bridge Festival; Duluth, MN

Paradise Center for the Arts; Faribault, MN

Basilica Move & Groove Festival; Minneapolis, MN

Mount Zion Temple; St. Paul, MN

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre; Minneapolis, MN

Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School; St. Paul, MN

Guardian Angels Church; Maplewood, MN

City of Duluth Sister Cities Family Concert Series; Duluth, MN

Kitchigami Regional Library System; MN

New London Music Festival; New London, MN

Stillwater Log Jam Festival; Stillwater, MN

Garlough Environmental Magnet School; St. Paul, MN

St. Paul's Episcopal Church; Duluth, MN

Old School Lives; Cotton, MN

Dakota County Libraries; MN

Buckham Memorial Library; Faribault, MN



Monkey Mind Pirates

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Monkey Mind Pirates

Family Yoga Party

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Sample Press Release


The world's only puppet, rock, yoga adventure for families in search of calm.

“Z Puppets knows how to combine puppets, music and yoga into a swashbuckling good time.” – Fox News

Tap into the power of puppets, rock and yoga through Monkey Mind Pirates, a fun-filled, family-friendly musical mixing playfulness with mindfulness-- and pirates! 

Sail along with this epic tale of a sea captain as he discovers the secrets to navigating the stormy seas of stress. When Captain Fitz sets out for the Legendary Waters of Calm, the unruly Monkey Mind Pirates hijack his ship with anxiety, depression and distraction. The chaos turns his ship upside down and drives the Captain overboard where he meets the Wise Sea Monkey.  Find out how the Captain learns to turn his “arrghs” into ‘Oms,” regain peace and tame the Monkey Mind Pirates.  

Turn your family’s “Arghs” into “Oms” with the award-winning, catchy, original songs and lovable puppets of the Monkey Mind Pirates.

Recommended for ages 2 and up.

“1/2 Monty Python + 1/2 Sesame Street”

About Z Puppets Rosenschnoz

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz delights children and their adults with feats of imagination, mixing hand-crafted puppetry, zany comedy with live music.

Z Puppets artists Shari Aronson & Chris Griffith have earned many awards, including support from the Jim Henson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Puppeteers of America and the Minnesota State Arts Board. The Monkey Mind Pirates CD is winner of an award of excellence from Creative Child magazine and featured as a top pick by Creative Play Retailer.

Based in Minneapolis, Z Puppets tour their family-friendly comedies across the country. Appearances have included the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the National Puppetry Festival, the Walker Art Center and Boston’s Puppet Showplace Theatre.

Z artists have an extensive background teaching classes, workshops and residencies for students of all ages. Creative Directors Aronson and Griffith have served as arts education specialists for the Perpich Center for Arts Education, Children's Theatre Company and the Educational Theater Association.

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Monkey Mind Pirates

Family Yoga Party

tech specs

Monkey Mind Pirates Family Yoga Party is a 45-minute concert integrating simple techniques of meditation and yoga (breathing, movement, visualization) into puppetry. The show travels in a van and a car with six performers who will also load in and set up. The performers include a viola player (static downstage right), an electric guitar player (static downstage left), a keyboard player (center stage, performer travels downstage left and right when not playing), a bass player (static downstage left), and two puppeteers (travel between musician and into audience).

Set-up can be accomplished in most venues in less than an hour. MMP Family Yoga Party is designed to be flexible, able to be performed indoors or outdoors, on a stage or on the floor. The show includes audience participation in the form of simple yoga moves audience member can do from their seats or in some cases standing up.


SET: We have a 4’ x 2’ x 4’ Captain’s Wheel that serves also as the stand for the keyboard, which will go center stage. We need a minimum of 10’ x 5’ space to set up the musicians and the wheel.

In addition, the post show activities include a 4’ x 4’ x 3’ Island of Calm, and a 4’ x 2’ x 4’ Photo Stand that can be set up in a lobby, nearby room, or off to one side of the stage. The post-show activities will also require two tables at least 6’ in length.

LIGHTS: The MMP Family Yoga Jam has been designed to not require any special lighting. If available, a general wash onstage is sufficient. Otherwise, regular room lighting will work.

ACCESS: If performing on a raised stage more than 3’ tall, performers will need to have a secure stair to the audience to be able to accommodate audience interaction. If not available, we can adjust those portions of the show.

SOUND: We will bring all sound equipment necessary for electric keyboard, guitar and bass, and viola. We also travel with four wireless microphones for vocals and a Fender Passport PA system with six channels. If a house system is available, we will use four musical inputs (keyboard, guitar, bass, viola) with 1⁄4” RCA plugs and four vocal microphone inputs with XLR plugs.

CLEAN-UP: Please have a large trash can available for the post-show activity tables to handle disposal of scraps and materials used during the activity.

HOSPITALITY: No special hospitality is required; Six bottles of water and a bathroom or other secluded area for costume changing is appreciated.

MINIMUM STAGE DIMENSIONS: We can adapt and work with almost any stage set up; Our preferred dimensions are as follows:

• Depth: 8’

• Width: 15’

• Height: 8’ or taller

PARKING: Parking for one full sized van and one car is required.

SAMPLE WORK SCHEDULE: Production requires exclusive use of the performing space during load-in and performance.

• Below is typical for a library or informal venue, schedule assumes multiple locations within reasonable driving distance in a day.

• We cannot schedule more than 3 performances per day.

• The schedule below is a sample assuming performance at 11:00 am. Your schedule may vary, and will be forwarded by our Tour Manager.

9:30 am: Company arrives, load-in and set up.

10:00 am: Sound check, set levels

10:30 am: House opens for audience


11:45 am: Post-Show Activities

12:15 pm: Clean-up and load-out

12:30 pm: Company departs, lunc



Monkey Mind Pirates