Our Day of Puppetry is Saturday, June 4. We're hoping to line up some volunteers who'd like to be in the parade at the end of the day -- 4 p.m. We could use 6 people ages 10 and up to be in the giant caterpillar. Each "segment" is a big foam rubber thing that fits over your head and sits on your shoulder. We could use one strong guy to be inside a dragon head --- the body can be a couple of kids. We also have a couple other assorted giant puppets and walking stages for people with strong arms and shoulders. The parade is short --- just back and forth a couple times in front of the opera house.
The opera house is where people and puppets come together for fun! Adults find our shows enjoyable, too.
The opera house is home to "The Fever River Puppeteers" who perform marionette and other puppet shows seasonally. We offer occasional puppetry workshops for children and adults.
The building can be rented for birthday parties or other occasions, and is wheel chair accessible. We have tables and chairs and a small kitchen with refrigerator and stove.
Chuck and Sandye Voight began the Fever River Marionettes in Benton in 1993. Performances have included "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Rumpelstiltskin", and original tales like "Wolfie". Over the years the troupe included youth and adult volunteers, but currently the Voights perform as a couple.
The opera house became our home in 2004. We changed our name to "The Fever River Puppeteers" to include other forms of puppetry. We are members of the Wisconsin Puppetry Guild and the Puppeteers of America and have attended national and regional puppet festivals.
The opera house is located in the village of Hazel Green, one block east of Hwys 11 & 80. We are 20 minutes from Platteville, WI, Dubuque, IA, and Galena, IL.