Monday, August 5, 2019

September show

Hard to believe but 15 years ago this summer we (along with a lot of friends) were busy cleaning, scraping, painting and generally prepping our newly acquired Hazel Green Opera House for our first shows. It was kind of like awakening Sleeping Beauty.

Our first show was, of course, "The Lead Miner's Daughter," which also was our first show ever when we used to perform in Benton.

So, here we are. This year, for the first time in 25 years, we will not perform on Labor Day weekend (although I will be doing a make-and-take puppet workshop in the park at 1 p.m. Sunday.) We have noticed a trend in smaller audiences on the holiday weekend as families opt for a last camp-out etc. And we lost audiences the last 2 years as Benton changed up its big celebration to Sunday instead of Monday. So, we are changing it up, too. We will perform these two weekends in September. Come and see us. Who knows? Witch Hazel might make cupcakes.


"The Lead Miner's Daughter"

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Sat. Sept. 7
2 p.m. Sun. Sept. 8
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Sat. Sept. 14
2 p.m. Sun. Sept. 15


With help from a farmer, a cow and a badger, Adeline tries to save her father when an evil goblin imprisons him in a lead mine in old Wisconsin.



Monday, May 20, 2019

Pup-a-Foo-Glee 2019!

Pup-a-Foo-Glee is our annual FREE* day of Puppets, Food and Fun!
(*Donations are appreciated!)

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, June 15 -- that's the day before Father's Day

We are proud to announce that our guest performer for Pup-a-Foo-Glee this summer will be Jill Frederickson's  Little Puppet Co., of Kenosha, Wis.! Jill will be joined backstage by Susan Fulcher, of Matteson, Ill., who presented puppet workshops here in 2017.

They will present two performances of:

"Little Red Hen & Friends"




Each performance will be followed by a puppet-making workshop by the Fever River Puppeteers. Kids will start out making a paper plate puppet. This might be challenge enough for the little ones, but the rest of the kids can continue to make the slightly more complicated Cereal Box Body Puppet. Yes, this is the time to say: Save empty cereal and/or cracker boxes for us!


(I haven't perfected the art of taking a selfie in the mirror without making my phone super obvious!)

The over-all schedule is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This gives us a little leeway first thing in the morning to get everyone settled and introduced before the first show starts. Note that times are as close to reality as we can make it. But, you know. Things happen.

Here is the actual schedule:

10 a.m. -- Welcome! (Coffee will be available for grown-ups!)
10:30 a.m. -- "The Little Red Hen & Friends"
11:15 a.m. -- Puppet-making workshop
Noon -- Concessions and art activities outdoors, weather permitting. Painting, sidewalk chalk, theater games. puppet petting zoo, etc. 
1:30 p.m. -- "The Little Red Hen & Friends"
2 p.m. -- Root beer floats
2:15? -- Puppet making workshop

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Bunny show

Join us for a springtime performance:

"The Tale of Bunny Cotton-Tail"



11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13
2 p.m. Sunday, April 14
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20

This hand puppet and rod puppet show is based on stories written in the early part of the 20th century by Laura Rountree Smith, a Platteville schoolteacher.
Bunny, who likes to read in bed by candlelight, has a series of adventures with his friend, Susan Rabbit, as they try to avoid Bushy Tail, a not-so-sly fox.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Weather --- AAARRRGGHHH!!!

The weather outside is frightful, but the show must go on. We are afraid to cancel, in case someone doesn't get the message. So, we will be at the opera house today and tomorrow, Feb. 23-24.
Wear cleats on your boots and drive carefully, if you decide to come. Inside the opera house, it will be a sunny, summer day on the river!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

February show

First of all, Happy New Year! Please note the updated schedule on the side.
We have not done a winter show after Christmas in a long time --- if ever! This year, especially since Easter is a bit later, we decided to try a February show to brighten things up.
In some of our early 2019 schedules, we listed that show as "Scribble," but for logistical reasons have changed it to

"River Critters"



Many people have told us that this is our very best show. It is about animals on the Mississippi River and a grandfather and little grandson who spend a day fishing. The show has hand, rod and shadow puppets on three levels of a large stage. 
The show is just under an hour. Please join us

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Sat. Feb. 16
2 p.m. Sun. Feb. 17
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Sat. Feb. 23
2 p.m. Sun. Feb. 24

Friday, November 23, 2018

Christmas performances and craft show

This Christmas season, we are presenting

"Singalong Nativity"


This is the show formerly known as "It Came to Pass," based on the stories of Jesus' birth in the Gospels of St. Luke and St. Matthew. We perform this show every other Christmas, alternating with a Santa Claus show. It is probably the most performed of our repertoire and my personal favorite.

Two years ago, we decided to call it a singalong, since that is what people were doing, sometimes quietly humming their favorite carols and sometimes belting them out! Why not? We never get to sing our favorite carols often enough.

So it is your choice. Sing or just enjoy the music and the puppets as they retell the old, old story of God's love for us.

Join us:

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16
2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 (our most popular time!)

Craft Show

We will have plenty of new little hand-crafted marionettes for sale at the Hazel Green Christmas Craft Fair,

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Southwestern High School, Hazel Green. 

The marionettes are recommended for children ages 7 and older. We will have some simpler 3-string angel marionettes that would be appropriate for kids as young as 5.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Halloween show

After a bump on the noggin, Witch Hazel Green suddenly finds herself in a strange land where witches come in bunches.
She and her little cat, Momo, will encounter a scarecrow girl, a disconnected skeleton and a Cowardly Cow on their way to finding The Big Cheese!
Join us for

"A Halloween Adventure"




11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. Oct. 20
2 p.m. Sun. Oct. 21
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. Oct. 27
2 p.m. Sun. Oct. 28