Sunday, March 23, 2014

Easter Puppet Shows!

It doesn't feel like spring yet, but Easter is only weeks away.
This year, we are bringing back "The Tale of Bunny Cotton-Tail," a hand and rod puppet show based on the Beatrix Potter-like stories of Platteville's Laura Rountree Smith.

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12
2 p.m. Sunday, April 13
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19

This is the story of a rambunctious bunny who burns his paw while reading in bed by candlelight. He has adventures in Farmer Jones's cabbage patch with his friend, Susan Rabbit. There's a wise old owl, a not-so-wise fox and Bunny's very patient Mother Bunny, as well as Farmer Jones and his two children.
This show is an especially good introduction to puppet theater for little ones, but it also includes some chuckles for the grown-ups.
And to get you into an Easter mood, the pink and blue interior of the opera house will be chock full of stuffed rabbits, baskets and colored eggs.

NOTE: We have yet to actually conduct that marionette workshop, which was to have started on March 22. But we did not have enough kids signed up. We will reschedule it and this time we'll put a deadline on registration and specify a class minimum. We are considering hosting something like a puppet summer camp, with 2-hour daily sessions for a 4 to 5 days. We'd be interested in comments and suggestions.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Workshop Re-re-rescheduled!

Let's try this again!

After several failed attempts to run puppet-making workshops during this frigid, miserable winter, we just gave up. (Truth to tell: We escaped to Puerto Rico for one week. It was lovely.)

I would like to do the much cancelled 2-part marionette workshop at the end of March.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 22 and 29

It takes the two days to complete a puppet. The days are not interchangeable.
Participants can be ages 8 and up and should have an adult helper. And adults are welcome to make a puppet, as well, if they wish. 

Registration is required by calling 608-732-7129.

The fee is $20, payable on the first day of class. It includes all materials, including a pre-made wooden control. 

Participants will work with papier mache (yes, that is how you spell it!), glue, paint and scissors. Dress for messy work. The opera house is a big, old building and while we will certainly have the heat on, I recommend wearing a sweatshirt. 

Bring your lunch. There's a fridge. And the coffee pot will be on for the grownups.

Feel free to bring an idea and pictures of the puppet you'd like to make. Or decide as you go along. I will have a big box of fabric to choose from (you won't need to sew) or you can bring something if you have a specific idea. (A scrap of fabric the size of a dish towel is big enough. Light cotton or other woven fabrics work best.)

This workshop is lots of fun. I can't wait to see what wonderful puppets will come out of it!

Saturday, January 25, 2014


We had to cancel today's workshop again because of blowing and drifting snow on the rural roads.
The 2-part marionette workshop will be rescheduled in March. And the shadow puppet workshop which had been scheduled in February has been cancelled.
Think spring!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Workshop rescheduled

Because of the snow globe conditions, we have rescheduled the 2-part marionette workshop which was to start today, Jan. 18.
We will try again next Saturday, Jan. 25. Same times -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- and Feb. 1.
So you can still get in on this fun workshop.
I notice we've only had girls sign up and that might be because of the 2 puppets I pictured -- a Dorothy and an Alice. Boys can make their choice of guy-type puppet characters, too!
Please call 608-732-7129 or 732-6404 to register.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January Activities

Happy New Year!

We will host a two-part marionette-making workshop:

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 and 25
 at the Hazel Green Opera House, 2130 Main St.

The workshop is for ages 8 and older. Children should be accompanied by a parent or other adult helper. Registration is required by calling 608-732-7129. The fee is $20. Please let us know soon if you plan to attend, so that we can have adequate supplies ready.

Participants will learn how to construct a marionette approximately 15 inches high. They  will work with papier mache, glue and paint and should wear old clothes or bring a paint smock. All materials will be provided, including a wooden control.

Participants also should bring a sack lunch. There is a fridge in the opera house. Also, grownups: The coffee pot will be on!

Winter being what it is in Wisconsin, we have reserved Sat. Feb. 1 as a makeup day in case of nasty weather. But hey, maybe we've been through the worst of it, right?

If you and your child have taken this workshop before and want to do it again because you had SO MUCH FUN!, that is absolutely great. I think this will be the third winter that we have offered this workshop and also, I have presented it as a summer school offering in the Benton schools several times. It's always great to see what characters the kids come up with to turn into puppets. Sometimes kids bring a drawing of something they'd like to create. Other times, they have no clue and the puppet evolves as they work on it.

The character does need to be human or at least stand upright like a homo sapiens.

Monday, November 18, 2013

"Christmas Around the World"

 Elf Jingle becomes an unwitting time traveler in the Fever River Puppeteers' production of "Christmas Around the World."
It all begins in the kitchen at the North Pole as Mrs. Claus quizzes the incorrigible elf on his Christmas facts. Jingle can't resist tampering with Santa's special clock-book and off he goes on an adventure that takes him to countries including Holland, Ireland, Germany, Mexico, Gambia and more.
Will he miss Christmas entirely, or will he get back to the North Pole in time to ride with Santa? Come to a performance at the Hazel Green Opera House and see!
The shows, which are about 45 minutes long, will be

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15
2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30


We will host school tours during the week between Dec. 8 and 14. The opera house will seat up to 85 people and is handicap accessible. For information, call Chuck at 608-732-6404.


We will be selling discounted season tickets and small hand-crafted marionettes on performance days as well as at the Hazel Green Christmas Craft Show, Sunday, Dec. 8. (how, you ask? time traveling!)

Please, please like us on Facebook. FeverRiver Puppeteers.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Witch Hazel, Frankie and all their friends are resting up after a wonderful Halloween run. Thanks, everyone! Happy trick or treating.