Sunday, November 19, 2017

Christmas events

We are busy getting ready to perform our Christmas show, as well as preparing for our booth in the Hazel Green Christmas Craft Fair. Besides selling small, handmade puppets at the fair, we also offer flyers about our 2018 shows.
The craft fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Southwestern High School, Hazel Green.

This year's holiday offering is "Christmas Around the World."
Performances will be

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9 and 16
2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 10 and 17
2 p.m. Wed., Dec 27

In our 45-minute original production, Elf Jingle can't resist messing around with Santa's mysterious "Clockenschpiel" and finds himself on a whirlwind tour of 10 countries. He finds out that there are more Christmas traditions than he ever imaged and that the holiday season is a whole month, from Dec. 6 to Jan. 6! He does manage to get back to the North Pole in time in a most unusual way.

After the performance, we love to bring out some of the puppets so that kids can pose for photo ops and they get to see the puppets up close. We love it when they (and the grownups) ask questions.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Halloween show

When Witch Hazel Green’s little black cat goes missing, she learns that sometimes a boost of confidence from family and friends is all the magic you need. 
Our next marionette production, “Hazel’s Halloween Birthday,” features her big green son Frankie and a host of your favorite characters, including the Six Dancing Witches, a ghost, a skeleton, Scarecrow Sally and Hazel’s nemesis, the goblin who lives in the lead mines. (Last seen in "The Lead Miner's Daughter.")

Performances will be at 
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 21 and 28,
 and 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 22 and 29

The show is about 50 minutes long. As always, there will be plenty of time for photos and Q and A after each performance.
Tickets are available only at the door, which opens a half hour before each performance. Prices are $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and younger.
For information, call 608-732-7129 or 608-732-6404 or visit

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

3 Bears, 3 Pigs, 3 Billy Goats Gruff!

PLEASE NOTE!!!!! Because Benton, our hometown, will have a parade and other festivities on Sunday this year instead of the traditional Monday/Labor Day, we have moved our usual Sunday shows to Monday. *

What is more fun than a fairy tale? The answer is three fairy tales rolled into one!

In "3 Bears, 3 Pigs, 3 Billy Goats Gruff," our silly but cute little Goldilocks skips her way through three time-worn fairy tales. Along the way, she is mistaken for the host of a cable TV home improvement show and blithely plays along.

The little ones in the audience won't get any of that. They will just enjoy seeing the characters of their favorite storybooks come alive. But we like to add little jokes to give the grownups a chuckle or two. In fact, some grownups like to come all by themselves, even if they don't have little people to share the experience with them.

Performances will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
 Saturday, Sept. 2
*Monday, Sept. 4
Saturday, Sept. 9

Chuck and I will be walking (or something) in the parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on Benton's Main Street (Highway 11). We will be flinging out a few free child admission tickets to entice audiences to the Monday shows. 
And for those of you who choose to go camping during the last three-day weekend of the summer, we  invite you to the final performances of this show on the following Saturday.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pup-A-Foo-Glee! A FREE Event!

Our annual day of Puppets, Food and Fun is fast approaching!

It is all free (except for the food), but we will be grateful for any donations.

This year we will host puppet-making workshops by Susan Fulcher, of Suzette's Puppets, a children's librarian from Matteson, Ill. She has lots of experience in teaching kids to make puppets and is organizing puppet clubs for kids at her library. The morning workshop will be especially geared to the little kids (the ones who still need afternoon naps.) The afternoon workshop will be a bit more challenging and aimed at school-age kids. (But there will be plenty of help in case there are some Littles tagging along in the afternoon.)

AND, we will be performing one of our favorite shows, "River Critters." Some people have said it is our best show. It is the story of one summer day on the Mississippi River when Grandpa takes Buddy on his first fishing trip. It is chock full of animals: a curious otter, a sensible turtle, a cranky catfish and a fish fly who likes to par-tee.

There will be two performances of "River Critters," each one followed by a workshop.
During the noon hour, there will be concessions from The Wigwam and activities outside (weather permitting). Kids can draw with sidewalk chalk, paint a picture or play with puppets at the Puppet Petting Zoo.

The Schedule

9:30 a.m. -- Doors open
10 a.m. -- "River Critters," by the Fever River Puppeteers
11 a.m. -- Make-a-puppet with Susan Fulcher
Noon -- Lunch concessions available outside, across the street.
              Chalk drawing, picture painting, puppet petting zoo and more!
1 p.m. -- "River Critters"
2 p.m. -- Make-a-puppet
3 p.m. -- Root beer float break and a short "Punch & Judy" show

Monday, February 6, 2017

"Irish Cinderella"

Note that I have fixed the date goof-up!

 Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we will present “An Irish Cinderella,” 

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11
 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18
and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19

This marionette show is an Emerald Isle twist to the familiar fairy tale. Colleen’s stepmother won’t allow her to go to the Irish step-dancing contest. She manages to get there anyway to dance with the prince, with the help of a dancing pig and a leprechaun.

The show is about 45 minutes long and, as always, after the show, there will be plenty of photo ops and time to ask questions and see the puppets up close.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy 2017!

Check out the 2017 calendar updated for you on the left.
We have given out about 100 copies of the new 2017 flyers, with the convenient refrigerator magnet attached. We will offer copies to local libraries to make them available to you.
Although our first 6 Christmas performances were plagued by bad weather, our last show of the year, in between Christmas and New Years, drew a crowd of 77!!! And the singing-along was absolutely delightful.
Typically, we use this part of the year to get ready for the rest of the year. Besides making puppets to sell in the back of the theater, we are working on a summer library show (the theme is Building a Better World) and thinking about adding a new Christmas show in 2018 and maybe some puppetnmaking workshops after Easter.
Stay tuned! You can also follow us on Facebook, as the Hazel Green Opera House and as FeverRiver Puppeteers.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

It's only a little MORE snow

Yes, we will perform today, Saturday, Dec. 17. With luck, the roads will be cleared in plenty of time for the 11 a.m, show and the next snowstorm will hold off until well after the 2 p.m. show. Last night, 4 people from Green Bay, who were staying in Platteville at hotel, came down and we did the show.