Thursday, July 21, 2016

"Rumpelstiltskin"

Our Labor Day weekend performances will feature that classic tale about the consequences of boasting and greed, "Rumpelstiltskin."



11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3
2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4
And, for everyone who goes camping etc. on the holiday,
We have 2 more performances!
11 a.m. and 2 p.m, Saturday, Sept. 10


The miller brags so much and the king is so greedy that they and the miller's daughter risk losing something more precious than gold. This is a comedy for the whole family. It is also a story that explores the importance of a name.
Our marionette production features a few "cameos" by some of our favorite characters. And, there might be a chance to sing along once or twice, something our audiences seem to get a kick out of.






Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New Schedule for Pup-a-Foo-Glee!!!

We had to switch some things around, so the string band will be playing in the morning and we will perform in the afternoon instead. Things can get crazy at the last minute, so please know that you can come and go as you please -- of course, being respectful to performers.

10 am -- "Almost Aesop's Fables

11 am -- Music by the Fever River String Band

11:30-12:30 -- Lunch concessions by the Wigwam, outside, weather permitting

Noon-1 pm -- Puppetmaking and other art activities, also outside w.p.

Intermittantly -- Puppet petting zoo, inside?

1 pm - "How. Witch Hazel Got Her Home"

2 pm - "The Snow Queen"

Ice cream sundae break

2:30-ish -- "Punch & Judy"


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pup-a-Foo-Glee Schedule



Here is the schedule for Pup-a-Foo-Glee.

Don't forget that this is a FREE day of puppet fun, sponsored by the Fever River Puppeteers. (Although donations are appreciated!)

Also, we try to stick to the schedule, but sometimes things happen differently. We appreciate your patience.

10 a.m. - "Almost Aesop's Fables, " Steve Mark, Village Idiot Puppets

10:45 a.m. - "How Witch Hazel Got Her Home," Fever River Puppeteers

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - lunch concessions 

Noon-1 p.m. - puppet-making, puppet petting zoo, art activities

1 p.m. - Music by the Fever River String Band

2 p.m. - "The Snow Queen," Monica Leo, Eulenspiegel Puppets

Followed by ice cream sundaes and

"Punch & Judy," FR Puppeteers




Monday, April 11, 2016

Pup-a-Foo-Glee!


Now that our lovely "Sleeping Beauty" performances are in the past (although the stage is still set up and we can do school tours through May), it is time to think summer and Pup-a-Foo-Glee.
Of course, you all know by now that this is our annual day of Puppets, Food and Fun.
We don't have a schedule yet, but the times and date are

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 18

This is the day before Fathers Day.

We will be celebrating the


125th anniversary of the Hazel Green Opera House

Shows include "Aesop's Fables" by Steve Mark of Minneapolis 

"Snow Queen" by Eulenspiegel of  West Liberty, Iowa

AND. (drum roll.........)

"How Witch Hazel Got Her Home" and "Punch & Judy" by The Fever River Puppeteers!!!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

"The Sleeping Beauty"




Our Easter-time show this year is the classic "The Sleeping Beauty."



7 p.m. Friday, March 18
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19
2 p.m. Sunday, March 20
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26

 In our marionette version, an evil witch turns herself into a snow monster which the prince must vanquish in order to awaken the princess -- and change winter into spring.
Our good witch, Hazel Green, is in this tale, as well as our Six Dancing Witches, who, in the first scene, present the baby princess with seven good wishes. Butterflies, symbol of spring and new life, flit in and out of the story.
As always, children will get to see the puppets up close and personal, with plenty of photo ops, after the performance.


Even though this show is not an Easter story per se, the opera house will be decked out in a plethora of stuffed bunnies and baskets. We will also have a few hand-crafted bunny marionettes for sale.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Free show in Dubuque

We have the perfect antidote for the post-holiday blahs.
Come to a puppet show!





We will perform "Scribble" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Dubuque Museum of Art.
This is a free show, sponsored by a grant from Alliant Energy.

While the show was created with young elementary students in mind, it is fun for all ages. The show will last about 50 minutes, plus time afterwards to see the puppets up close and to ask questions.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Puppet winner

Alison Mau, of Barrington, Ill., won the Pinocchio marionette drawing Saturday. Congratulations!



A Merry Christmas to all the wonderful friends of the Hazel Green Opera House and Fever River Puppeteers. I wish you all could have won a puppet.

There is still one performance left this year. Last chance to see "Elf Jingle" is 2 pm Wednesday, Dec. 30. Audiences for this show have been absolutely wonderful.