Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Free show in Dubuque

We have the perfect antidote for the post-holiday blahs.
Come to a puppet show!

We will perform "Scribble" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Dubuque Museum of Art.
This is a free show, sponsored by a grant from Alliant Energy.

While the show was created with young elementary students in mind, it is fun for all ages. The show will last about 50 minutes, plus time afterwards to see the puppets up close and to ask questions.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Puppet winner

Alison Mau, of Barrington, Ill., won the Pinocchio marionette drawing Saturday. Congratulations!

A Merry Christmas to all the wonderful friends of the Hazel Green Opera House and Fever River Puppeteers. I wish you all could have won a puppet.

There is still one performance left this year. Last chance to see "Elf Jingle" is 2 pm Wednesday, Dec. 30. Audiences for this show have been absolutely wonderful.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"Elf Jingle's Christmas Surprise"

There will be a drawing for a free Pinocchio puppet at the 2 p.m. performance Saturday!
 Curmudgeonly Elf Jingle thinks children are just greedy, as he and Mrs. Claus look over some letters on Christmas Eve.
Before Jingle heads out to help Santa with his deliveries, he learns that there isn’t enough snow along the route and that there’s a revolt among the packages at Loading Dock No. 12.

Audience members are welcome to sing along with the puppets as they hear some of their favorite Christmas carols.
The Fever River Puppeteers’ production of “Elf Jingle’s Surprise” include 
a new 7 p.m. performance on Friday, Dec. 18 
as well as 
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

Note that the village’s Main Street project is complete, so access to the building is easy again, including the handicap ramp at the side door.

Tickets, available only at the door, are $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. Doors open a half hour before each performance.
For information, call 608-732-7129 or 732-6404 or visit www.hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Puppets for sale

We will be selling small, handcrafted marionettes at the Hazel Green Christmas Craft Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Southwestern High School.

Plenty of Pinocchios, Blue Fairies and a few Santas, too.

Monday, November 16, 2015

"Scribble" at the Art MuseumIn

We are sad to report that due to an impending snowstorm, we will not be performing "Scribble" at the Dubuque Museum of Art, Saturday, Nov. 21. It has been rescheduled for Jan. 9. And now we will be working on marionettes to sell at the Hazel Green Christmas Craft Fair and setting up the Elf Jingle show.

In this 50-minute hand, rod and shadow puppet show, four school friends are suddenly whisked away to a magical land where they become the characters they are writing about. Unfortunately, they have to contend with the wrong villains in the wrong settings. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Halloween fun

Don't be too spooked by the road construction in front of the opera house. You will still be able to get inside for the Halloween shows, but in all likelihood, you'll be walking through the backyard. It didn't keep folks away Labor Day weekend.

And now, we've started rehearsals for "Phantom of the Hazel Green Opera House" and it's sure to be a crowd pleaser. This story was suggested by former puppeteer Coni Vaughn LaBarbera, when we first bought the building. Trust me, it bears only a fleeting resemblance to the Andrew Lloyd Weber version! Of course, it's family-friendly, but full of the corny jokes for grownups.
Performances will be:

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. Oct. 24
2 p.m. Sun. Oct. 25
7 p.m. Fri. Oct. 30
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. Oct. 31

Note the new Friday evening performance. Should be spooky and fun. Feel free to come in costume any time, but especially on Halloween itself.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A great review

Hey, everybody! A lady named Laurie Kutil, who writes a travel blog about Wisconsin, came to a performance of "Jack and the Beanstalk" Saturday. She took a boatload of pix and even a bit of video during the show and wrote extensively about it and us.
Please check it out at


You should be able to just click on that link. if not,  it is the Sept. 8 blog. So if it's not at the top, you'll have to scroll down.

I hope it inspires some more folks to come to the last two performances, 11 & 2 on Sat. Sept. 12.