Friday, August 28, 2015

Pardon our construction dust


Puppet Lady says that due to construction delays on Main St., you should plan to drop off kids and older folks in front of the building and park elsewhere, when you come to "Jack & the Beanstalk." There's a village lot just north east of the water tower. Be aware that the handicap ramp will probably not be available. We will be standing by to help. The shows are 11 & 2 on Sat. Sept. 5 and 12, as well as 2 pm on Sunday, Sept. 6.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack decided to climb up the beanstalk in our backyard before he tries to scale the magical version on the stage at the Hazel Green Opera House in September.
We will be performing our version of the classical "Jack and the Beanstalk" for Labor Day weekend, with shows at

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5
2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6

AND (for all those folks who simply have to go camping over the holiday)

11a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12

This is the show with the goose that lays the golden eggs and the magical singing harp. When we first did this story in 1994 in Benton, it introduced Witch Hazel Green. (Some versions of the tale included a witch to explain to Jack that the giant in the clouds had killed his father and stolen their goose and harp.) Our version also includes a love interest for Jack in the person of Jill, a human-sized maidservant in the giant's kitchen.

PLEASE NOTE: As of Aug. 2, the Village of Hazel Green is still hard at work on a massive Main Street construction project. Your might need to park further away than usual.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pup-a-Foo-Glee Update

No worries about street construction! Work on Main Street will not affect our day. You might see a hole dug here or there. But it looks like the street will be open.
Sounds like Saturday will be a warm one. We will have the AC on. It will be a good afternoon for those root beer floats.
Come and spend all or part of the day with us.
Remember, this is a FREE event.
Check the schedule posted in the previous blog,

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Pup-a-Foo-Glee! JUNE 20

As we wrap up our "Scribble" school performances, it's time to let you know about our FREE summer puppet day.
We have finally mapped out a schedule, the process of which was made more complicated by the fact that there will be street and sidewalk construction this summer on Main Street, running smack in front of the opera house. So, pardon our dust.

PLEASE NOTE: No matter what the front looks like, we've been assured by the village that there will be access on the side street. So, we will likely be using the ramp (side) entrance for everything. We aren't planning stuff out on the street, as we usually do. And we won't be having stuff down the street at the church hall, because it might not be a piece of cake to walk back and forth.

So, except for lunch, everything will be inside. Lunch will be by the Hazel Green Lions Club (bless their hearts), in the grassy park behind the Empire House apartments (green Victorian building) on the south corner of the block.

A New Date -- Saturday, June 20

Instead of the third Saturday in May this year, we've decided to try the third Saturday in June,  for a Midsummer celebration.

Pup-a-Foo-Glee Schedule

(Subject to change0

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 20

Everything is free, Free, FREE!!!!
(Donations gratefully accepted; we are a 501c3)

10-10:15 a.m.: Welcome (the coffee pot will be on!)
10:15: "Little Red Riding Hood," handpuppets by Anne Newman, of Paxton, Ill.

 11 a.m.: "Fizz, Boom, Bacon," handpuppets, by the Fever River Puppeteers

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: LUNCH, by the Hazel Green Lions Club (outdoors)

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Popsicle stick puppet and storyboard workshop plus surprises
1:30 p.m.: Shoebox mini-performances

1:45 p.m.: Root beer floats

2 p.m.: "Tailypo," a bayou story in shadow puppets, by Sea Beast Puppet Theater, of Chicago

2:30 p.m.: "Punch & Judy," by the Fever River Puppeteers

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Bunny hopping back

We are giving the puppet cast of "Scribble" a rest to bring back a mischievous but repentant brown rabbit in our Easter-time puppet show,

 “More Tales of Bunny Cotton-Tail”

The family-friendly show, especially recommended for very young audiences, is based on stories by a Platteville writer of children’s books, the late Laura Rountree Smith. Bunny and his friend Susan Rabbit are off to school, but Bunny is distracted by a couple of silly squirrels and a non-too-wily fox. 

The show features hand, rod and shadow puppets.

“More Tales of Bunny Cotton-Tail”

11 am & 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28
2 pm Sunday, March 29
11 am and 2 pm Saturday, April 4

Hazel Green Opera House
2130 Main St.
Hazel Green, WI

Tickets: $5 adults, $4 children
Info: 608-732-7129

Thursday, January 29, 2015

We've been busy

Exactly a year ago, shortly after Sandye retired from her day job, we began work on a special project funded by the Wisconsin Arts Board.
The show is called "Scribble." It's a rod, hand and shadow puppet show about the joy of writing and creativity. In a few short weeks, we will begin performing it for 8 southwest Wisconsin schools --- that's a major part of the funding. The schools will pay a minimal fee for a basically free show. We hope this show will have a future touring life in other area schools, as well.

And soon, we will begin rehearsing our Easter-time production of "More Tales of Bunny Cotton-Tail." More about that later.

For now, please check out our updated 2015 calendar on this block. And you can find the Hazel Green Opera House on Facebook!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Craft show

Watch for us at the Hazel Green Christmas Walk craft show. We will have a booth featuring hand-crafted puppets to buy as well as flyers about the 2015 shows.
The craft fair is at Southwestern High School, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.
And don't forget to follow us on Facebook. There are two pages now: If you just want to find out about upcoming shows and events, follow the Hazel Green Opera House page. If you want puppet news as well as anything else I might post (like pix of my grandkids or my garden), follow us at FeverRiver Puppeteers.