Yay! Our Bunny Cotton-Tail show was a huge success, with near record crowds. We were popping our buttons Saturday morning with 96 --- yes, ninety-six -- people squeezing themselves into 86 chairs. We had some little folks on laps and some kids who always like to sit on the floor. It was a joy to see people lined up outside the building waiting to get in.
That's what I'm talkin' about!
The photo above includes our daughter Katie, whose original music (and original voice) added so much to this show. We had a blast putting the soundtrack together.
Anyway, the crowds really seemed to take to this show. We had lots of Platteville folks come to see the show with a deep historical connection to their town. Among them was our friend Arlene Siss of the Grant County Historical Society.
Now it can be told: She's invited us to perform the show this summer on June 14 on the grounds of the Mitchell-Rountree Stone Cottage in Platteville. It's the 150-year-old home of Laura Rountree Smith's grandmother. Arlene says they even have a Bunny Cotton-Tail garden on the grounds. So if you missed the Easter show, you have at least one more chance. We expect to do this show outside, and there is a rain date of June 28.
Did I tell you it will be Bunny Cotton-Tail Day??!!!
MORE BIG NEWS!!!! We will be hosting a Day of Puppetry at the opera house on Saturday, May 30. We'll post the full schedule soon, but mark your calendar. We'll have guest performers. Tim Reed of Milwaukee will do his high tech adventure "The Planet Protectors." The Eulenspiegels of West Liberty, Iowa, are doing "The Woolly Mammoth" and Pam Corcoran of Stevens Point will present a make-and-take workshop in which kids will make a woolly mammoth puppet. AND, we Fever River Puppeteers will present the winning entries in our 4th annual puppet playwriting contest. We've narrowed down the entries and will be announcing them momentarily. This means we have to get cracking on this show as soon as the Easter festivities are over. (This weekend we're hosting as many family members as can make it at the opera house for a dinner/theater/egg hunt event. It's fun having your own opera house. That reminds me: I have to dig out our Mrs. Bunny marionette with the baby bunnies hiding under her apron. It's my mom's favorite and I promised to have her on the premises, even if this show is a handpuppet show!)
Happy holidays to you all.