This is the show that started it all! As we get close to celebrating our 15th year of puppetry AND our 5th Labor Day weekend at the opera house, the Fever River Puppeteers will restage "The Lead Miner's Daughter" this summer.
Performances of this original fairy tale set in southwest Wisconsin will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 20.
Lead miner Jake and his daughter Adeline are making a hardscrabble living in lead country. In a dream, an Indian maiden (Princess Beanflower) tells Adeline where to find the precious metal. The only trouble is, the mine is guarded by a terrible goblin. He imprisons Jake under a giant chunk of limestone. You'll want to find out how Adeline saves her father -- with help from a kindly animal who is used to tunneling under rocks and from a very special cow, named Bossy, who keeps dodging that farmer boy -- until it's milking time.
Tickets are still only $4 for adults and $3 for children. We don't sell tickets ahead of time, but the doors will open a half hour before each performance.
As for Labor Day weekend itself, we have a very special show planned -- the same show we did 5 years ago, to celebrate our 10th anniversary. More about that later.
Also, check this blog for updates on our plans for Benton's Labor Day parade. We'd like as many children (and adults!) as possible to dress up as their favorite marionette characters and walk with us in the parade. Later on, we'll post a list of suggestions.