Monday, April 11, 2016


Now that our lovely "Sleeping Beauty" performances are in the past (although the stage is still set up and we can do school tours through May), it is time to think summer and Pup-a-Foo-Glee.
Of course, you all know by now that this is our annual day of Puppets, Food and Fun.
We don't have a schedule yet, but the times and date are

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 18

This is the day before Fathers Day.

We will be celebrating the

125th anniversary of the Hazel Green Opera House

Shows include "Aesop's Fables" by Steve Mark of Minneapolis 

"Snow Queen" by Eulenspiegel of  West Liberty, Iowa

AND. (drum roll.........)

"How Witch Hazel Got Her Home" and "Punch & Judy" by The Fever River Puppeteers!!!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

"The Sleeping Beauty"

Our Easter-time show this year is the classic "The Sleeping Beauty."

7 p.m. Friday, March 18
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19
2 p.m. Sunday, March 20
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26

 In our marionette version, an evil witch turns herself into a snow monster which the prince must vanquish in order to awaken the princess -- and change winter into spring.
Our good witch, Hazel Green, is in this tale, as well as our Six Dancing Witches, who, in the first scene, present the baby princess with seven good wishes. Butterflies, symbol of spring and new life, flit in and out of the story.
As always, children will get to see the puppets up close and personal, with plenty of photo ops, after the performance.

Even though this show is not an Easter story per se, the opera house will be decked out in a plethora of stuffed bunnies and baskets. We will also have a few hand-crafted bunny marionettes for sale.

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

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.