Now that we are back from a wonderful time at the Puppeteers of America (Great Lakes Region) Motor City Puppet Blast in Detroit, it's time to start thinking about our next shows at the opera house.
We will celebrate our 10th anniversary in the Hazel Green Opera House by bringing back the show that started it all: "The Lead Miner's Daughter."
In this story, a Wisconsin lead miner from the 1820s is imprisoned underground by an evil goblin. His beautiful daughter comes to the rescue, with help from a friendly badger and a cow owned by a hapless farmer.
The performances will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and 2 p.m. Sunday Aug. 31. There won't be any shows on Monday, but watch for us in the Benton parade.
This original marionette show is an updated version of the first show we did back in 1993, during Labor Day festivities, in the Benton High School music room. And we performed it during Labor Day weekend in 2004 after a summer of renovation in Hazel Green. We purchased the 1891 building that May. There was much scrubbing, scraping and painting, not to mention the reintroduction of plumbing. It was a lot of work that we still can't believe we accomplished in 3 1/2 months! I'll be posting some photos as the weeks go by.
There will be cake after each performance as well as prizes! You must be present to win. We will be giving away some tickets to future shows as well as puppets.
We also will display some earlier versions of the marionettes you will see in the show. This is the story that launched Bossy's career on the stage. You will be surprised when you see her original self!