Saturday, October 4, 2014

Halloween show and a workshop

Suddenly it's fall and we are busy getting ready for our Halloween show:

"Frankie's Story"





Ever wonder how Frankie came to live with Witch Hazel Green and call her Ma?
Turns out, the big green guy has been wondering too. 
Join us at the Hazel Green Opera House for the big reveal!

Shows will be at 11 a.m and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18
2 p.m. Sunday Oct. 19
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct, 16

Halloween falls on a Friday and we hear that some schools will have off or early release, so we might add a performance AND we might add one evening performance. Stay tuned. 


Workshop in Dubuque, Oct. 11


Next Saturday, Sandye will be leading a scarf marionette workshop at the Bell Tower 
Theater in Dubuque. Check their website to sign up. The class is 1 and 1/2 hours long and has a limit of 15.





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.