Monday, November 16, 2015

"Scribble" at the Art MuseumIn

We are sad to report that due to an impending snowstorm, we will not be performing "Scribble" at the Dubuque Museum of Art, Saturday, Nov. 21. It has been rescheduled for Jan. 9. And now we will be working on marionettes to sell at the Hazel Green Christmas Craft Fair and setting up the Elf Jingle show.

In this 50-minute hand, rod and shadow puppet show, four school friends are suddenly whisked away to a magical land where they become the characters they are writing about. Unfortunately, they have to contend with the wrong villains in the wrong settings. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Halloween fun

Don't be too spooked by the road construction in front of the opera house. You will still be able to get inside for the Halloween shows, but in all likelihood, you'll be walking through the backyard. It didn't keep folks away Labor Day weekend.

And now, we've started rehearsals for "Phantom of the Hazel Green Opera House" and it's sure to be a crowd pleaser. This story was suggested by former puppeteer Coni Vaughn LaBarbera, when we first bought the building. Trust me, it bears only a fleeting resemblance to the Andrew Lloyd Weber version! Of course, it's family-friendly, but full of the corny jokes for grownups.
Performances will be:

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. Oct. 24
2 p.m. Sun. Oct. 25
7 p.m. Fri. Oct. 30
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. Oct. 31

Note the new Friday evening performance. Should be spooky and fun. Feel free to come in costume any time, but especially on Halloween itself.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A great review

Hey, everybody! A lady named Laurie Kutil, who writes a travel blog about Wisconsin, came to a performance of "Jack and the Beanstalk" Saturday. She took a boatload of pix and even a bit of video during the show and wrote extensively about it and us.
Please check it out at

You should be able to just click on that link. if not,  it is the Sept. 8 blog. So if it's not at the top, you'll have to scroll down.

I hope it inspires some more folks to come to the last two performances, 11 & 2 on Sat. Sept. 12.

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