We have been SO busy working on 2 shows. One is a brand-new show called "River Critters." The world premiere will be this weekend, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Bell Tower Theater in Dubuque. Note that tickets are $8 at the Bell Tower.
This is a hand, rod, and shadow puppet show featuring an otter who likes to play games, a thieving raccoon, a crafty catfish and several other creatures from the Mississippi River -- even a fishfly! Buddy learns a lot about the River Critters when he gets to spend a day fishing on the river with his Grandpa.
Chuck has been wanting to do this show for years and we're excited to show our Dubuque audience. (Katie wrote original music for all the characters and also did an arrangement inspired by Grofe's "Mississippi River Suite.) This is a show we hope to be able to tour in the area.
Next up is our Halloween season. We're bringing back "The Phantom of the Hazel Green Opera House," which we did early on during our second season at the opera house. It bares little resemblance to the more famous operetta. It's more of a spoof, featuring our own Witch Hazel Green and the usual suspects: her son Frankie, her six dancing sisters, Scarecrow Sally, the Pumpkinhead Ghost and Mr. Bones Jangle and a mysterious young stranger.
The schedule includes
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.
No shows on Halloween Day
We're back at the opera house for this one. Tickets are $5 and $4, with doors opening a half hour before each performance.
Feel free to come in costume.