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.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas is coming!

We are in rehearsal mode for our production of "It Came to Pass," our marionette nativity show.
Performances will be:

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21

AND our special in-between-the-holidays matinee
2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30

All ages will enjoy the timeless story of Jesus's birth. Children especially enjoy the animals, such as a baby lamb and the camel. People have been known to sing along to the Christmas music. 
Our production begins and ends (more or less) with the evil King Herod. He was the first of our villains to have evil red eyes. There is a special moment in this show, when the littlest shepherd boy tells everyone to "look up there!" You might want to keep your eyes peeled for flying angels.

This is a good show to bring a Sunday School class or other church group to. We will offer a free adult ticket to groups of 10.

Also, it may be possible to schedule a special performance for large groups, if the public performance times don't work for you. Please call us at 608-732-7129.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Last minute matinee!

We will do a special $2-only matinee on Halloween! 3 pm Friday, Oct. 31, at the opera house.
You guys are going to love "Frankie's Story."
After the show, kids in costume will get a candy bar.
And, there will still be plenty of time to go trick or treating.
See you there!!

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. 26

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!