Monday, July 28, 2014

Labor Day weekend festivities

Now that we are back from a wonderful time at the Puppeteers of America (Great Lakes Region) Motor City Puppet Blast in Detroit, it's time to start thinking about our next shows at the opera house.

We will celebrate our 10th anniversary in the Hazel Green Opera House by bringing back the show that started it all: "The Lead Miner's Daughter." 


In this story, a Wisconsin lead miner from the 1820s is imprisoned underground by an evil goblin. His beautiful daughter comes to the rescue, with help from a friendly badger and a cow owned by a hapless farmer.

The performances will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and 2 p.m. Sunday Aug. 31. There won't be any shows on Monday, but watch for us in the Benton parade.

This original marionette show is an updated version of the first show we did back in 1993, during Labor Day festivities, in the Benton High School music room.  And we performed it during Labor Day weekend in 2004 after a summer of renovation in Hazel Green. We purchased the 1891 building that May. There was much scrubbing, scraping and painting, not to mention the reintroduction of plumbing.  It was a lot of work that we still can't believe we accomplished in 3 1/2 months! I'll be posting some photos as the weeks go by.

There will be cake after each performance as well as prizes! You must be present to win. We will be giving away some tickets to future shows as well as puppets.

We also will display some earlier versions of the marionettes you will see in the show. This is the story that launched Bossy's career on the stage. You will be surprised when you see her original self!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Performance in Potosi

We will be performing "River Critters" at 1 pm Saturday July 19 in Potosi, Wis. This will be at the Great River Road Museum of Contemporary Art, 101 N. Main St.
Admission will be charged.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Workshop accomplished

Eight kids, including our granddaughter Lila, completed the 3-day workshop on making toilet paper tube marionettes. They did a wonderful job, perfecting their skills of cutting cardboard (ugh!), papier macheing, rolling t.p. tubes, taping, cutting fabric, glueing, painting, threading needles and tying knots (double ugh!) -- not to mention PATIENCE in waiting for things to dry.
Thanks to help from grandmas and one mom, they made some amazing puppets.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Marionette Workhop

We will host a three-session  children’s marionette-making workshop, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, July 7-8 and Thursday, July 10, at the Hazel Green Opera House, 2130 Main St.

The workshop is for ages 8 and older. The fee is $20, including all materials. 


Registration is required by calling 608-732-7129 by Saturday, July 5.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Three Pigs Today!

We are performing "Fizz, Boom, Bacon: A Scientific Inquiry into the Three Little Pigs" today, 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Dubuque Museum of Art.

Also 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, at the Cascade, Iowa, Public Library

2 pm Wednesday July 9 in the Benton Village Park

5 pm Saturday July 12 at the Hazel Green Library.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Workshops Workshops

Here we go again:

We will host two three-day puppet workshops for children in June.

The workshops are recommended for ages 8 and up. 
Children will learn how to make and string a marionette, working with papier mache, paint, glue, cloth and toilet paper tubes. All materials will be provided.



The workshops will be 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, June 11-13 and 25-27. Bring a sack lunch. We have a refrigerator. Plus, the coffee pot will be on for the grownups. 

Participants will need to attend for three days in order to complete the project. Adults are encouraged to attend with their kids.

Registration is required by calling 608-732-7129 by Friday, June 6 for, the first session and Friday, June 20 for the second session.


The fee is $20, payable at the beginning of the class. Adults are welcome to make a puppet, too!

This is not an easy, make-and-take workshop. This is a chance for kids to learn different skills and make something they can be proud of.




Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pup-a-Foo-Glee!

It's almost time for Pup-a-Foo-Glee -- a FREE day of Puppets, Food and Fun, at the Hazel Green Opera House.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17

This year's festivities are made possible by the proceeds from our weeklong residency for the Dubuque Arts Council.  Pup-a-Foo-Glee performances and events are FREE, but we accept cash donations (we're a 501c3).
And, we invite you to bring a canned food item to donate to the Hazel Green Food Pantry across the street. It's only fair, since we will be partying at their front door.

  • 10 a.m. -- "Donkey Tales," by Corcoran Puppets of Stevens Point, Wis.
Our friend Pam Corcoran has performed and presented workshops many times. Her adorable puppets are hand-felted from wool grown by her own sheep! Pam is currently president of the Puppeteers of America. In "The Bremen Town Musicians," the animals turn in the stolen goods to the authorities and receive a fine reward, enabling them to stay in the cottage while perfecting their act. "That Donkey" is a heart-warming tale about a donkey with cold ears and a kind-hearted little girl.



  • While the puppeteers switch stages, in the back of the hall, there will be puppet games for your entertainment and enjoyment.
  • 11 a.m. -- "The Musical Ant," by Eulenspiegel Puppets, of West Liberty, Iowa. Veteran puppeteer Monica Leo returns to our stage with guest puppeteer Eli Portugal, of Mexico, with "The Musical Ant," a delightful bilingual folk tale from south of the border.


  • 11:30 a.m. -- Concessions by the Hazel Green Lions Club across the street.  
Make a puppet, paint a picture, do a sidewalk chalk drawing on the street.
(Rain site: Hazel Green United Methodist Church Hall, 1920 Percival St.)

  • 1 p.m. -- "Sock Puppet Serenade," by Hunter Marionettes, of Minneapolis. An expert in marionette design and construction, Kurt has designed and built puppets for the Minneapolis Children's Theater as well as Mall of America commercials. He has a droll, killer sense of humor.



  • In between shows, we'll be selling root beer floats.
  • 2 p.m. -- "Punch & Judy," by the Fever River Puppeteers. We will close the day's festivities with everybody's favorite bad boy. Mr. Punch battles a man-eating plant, a crocodile and his wife, Judy.