How to Snag a Sea Monster

April 30, 2021
May 30, 2021

The Coterie presents
Mesner Puppet Theater's production of

How to Snag a Sea Monster:
A Terrifically Tall Tale

Adapted by Mike Horner and Larry Mitchell
Composed by Matt Kirby and Susan Conger
Based on the tall tales of Stormy Stormalong
Featuring Mike Horner

After a monstrous wave washes a creature ashore, the people of a small Cape Cod town hear it wailing. Is it a sea monster in their midst? No, it's a baby as big as a house! The village adopts the giant baby, whom they name Stormalong -- 'Stormy' for short. Growing to over 24 feet, Stormy struggles to fit in, and chooses a life at sea aboard a clipper ship to find a place in the world. 

Meanwhile, a bullying sea monster, the colossal kraken, torments the village... and only Stormy is big enough to save them all!


Length: Approx. 45 Minutes



How to Snag a Sea Monster: A Terrifically Tall Tale will be performed live at The Coterie Theatre in Crown Center. If ticket holders are unable to attend in person, the performance will be available to stream at home at no additional cost. Contact the Box Office at 816.474.6552.

How to Snag a Sea Monster is available to Grades K–4th as either a Virtual or an In Person field trip. Virtual field trips are booking now for performances May 5 – May 30, 2021. PURCHASE ON DEMAND HERE or contact The Coterie box office at 816.474.6552 for more information.

Educators interested in purchasing an In Person field trip for their class to attend How to Snag a Sea Monster may contact The Coterie box office at 816.474.6552 for more information.

For those attending in person, masks and social distancing are required of all staff, performers, and patrons, including children of any age. Patrons whose accompanying children are unable to wear a mask - or whose children are two years or younger and cannot wear a mask for safety reasons - should choose the virtual option when purchasing. In person attendance is limited to 75 people, or one-third of The Coterie’s normal capacity. All dialogue in How to Snag a Sea Monster will be voiced by a mic’d, masked, vaccinated puppeteer. The Coterie’s theater HVAC system has been optimized to exceed ASHRAE air change recommendations and the theater will receive a complete surface disinfection after every performance.

Read our IMPORTANT PATRON INFORMATION for patrons attending How to Snag a Sea Monster in-person.


In addition to the live performance, How to Snag a Sea Monster: A Terrifically Tall Tale will be available to view online on demand through ShowTix4U May 5-May 30, 2021Your purchase includes a link unique to you that will allow you to stream the performance for 48 hours (beginning upon first click of the link) so you and your family can enjoy How to Snag a Sea Monster from the comfort of your own home and on your schedule.


"With colorful puppets, imaginative sets depicting a small fishing village, delightful music, and a bit of humor, this creative show was full of fun and whimsy..." -





"Mike Horner's gentle narration and clever puppeteering allows children to immerse themselves in the story and laugh at the antics..." -



"...delightful... Horner gives an amazing performance which is humorous as it gives a message of how people come together in the face of adversity..." -





Get to know Mike Horner, co-adapter and puppeteer in How to Snag a Sea Monster. As Director of Puppetry Arts for Mesner Puppet Theater, he recently spoke to IN Kansas City Magazine, where he discusses what got him started in puppetry and how Kansas City has nurtured his career in the arts.



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