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


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. 

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.