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.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Open for business!

We are not letting a little snow stop us from performing today. Come see our show at 2 o'clock (Sunday, Dec. 11).

Friday, December 9, 2016


Of course! They are predicting snow and more snow this weekend. Check this space for updates. Or call me at 608/732-7129.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Christmas show 2016

It is our great joy to present our marionette nativity show, as we do every other Christmas season:

"It Came to Pass"

This year, we plan to add a bit of carolling -- you can sing along to some of your favorite Christmas songs during the show. (Some of you have often sung along quietly anyway. This just makes it official!)

Here are the times and dates:

11 am & 2 pm Saturday Dec. 10
2 pm Sunday Dec. 11
7 pm Friday EVENING Dec. 16
11 am & 2 pm Saturday Dec. 17
2 pm Wednesday, Dec. 28

And that's not all!

Look for us at the Hazel Green Christmas Craft Fair at Southwestern High School, 10 am - 3 pm,mSunday, Dec. 4. We will have hand-crafted marionettes for sale as well as schedules for 2017.