Nordic Northwest will be closed until April 30th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Monday - Friday

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday - Sunday

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


at Nordia House

8800 SW Oleson Rd.

Portland, OR 97223



Monday - Sunday

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM



Monday - Sunday

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


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An original shadow play based on the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

Two performances:

January 24, 2020, 7 PM

January 25, 2020, 5:30 PM

at Nordia House

$10 for NNW Members

$15 for non-NNW Members

$5 Arts for All program participants

Learn more about the Arts for All program here.



A limited number of tickets for the 1/25/2020 performance are now only available for purchase at the door.


Thumbelina, one of Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen's most delightful characters, is a miniature girl born from a flower. In this OST production, Thumbelina journeys through a series of natural habitats to discover her home in the land of the flower fairies. Through the seasons of the year, Thumbelina has adventures with frogs in a pond, flying beetles in a tree, a swallow in the woods, a mouse in a field, and a mole in his underground home.   


While the plot of the play follows Andersen’s story, the script links to comedy and music of the 1960s and 1970s. 


Oregon Shadow Theatre is a Portland, Oregon based company specializing in the ancient art of shadow puppetry. Oregon Shadow Theatre's production of "Thumbelina" has been awarded the UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry, the award created by Jim Henson as the highest honor in American puppetry.

Deb Chase has been specializing in the magic of shadow puppetry for twenty-five years.  She has created numerous shadow plays for the OST, and has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Japan.  She has designed shadow puppets for many theater companies and has taught shadow puppetry for years as an artist in residence at schools and theatres.


Mick Doherty is a musician and voice actor.  Specializing in traditional music, he has produced numerous album projects, has composed music for theater, video and film productions, and has toured internationally as a solo performer and ensemble member.  Mick plays with several bands, including the Portlanders and the Snakeskinners.