Saturday, April 4, 2020

Watch our show online

Dear Friends,

Since we cannot perform our spring show for you at the Hazel Green Opera House this year, our friend, Laurie Kutil of Madison, has graciously uploaded a video of a previous rehearsal to this YouTube Channel. It includes a voiceover from last year’s show (“Tales of Bunny Cotton-Tail) at the beginning. We hope you enjoy “More Tales of Bunny Cotton-Tail” until we can see you again in person some day. Stay safe.

Sandye and Chuck
Fever River Puppeteers


Monday, March 30, 2020

How to Make a Toilet Paper Roll Puppet

Hi! Unfortunately, we can't be together for now. But I've been trying to think of some puppet-making projects for you using things you probably have at home. (Unlike me, you probably don't have a stock of Styrofoam balls, brads and dowel rods.) I thought it would be fun and kind of obvious to use toilet paper rolls -- empty ones! -- since we all seem to have a lot of them.

For this project, you need 2 empty rolls, scissors, tape, glue (optional), markers or crayons or paint and colored paper or yarn or other stuff to embellish:

Start with 2 empty TP rolls. (Don't waste the toilet paper!!!)

Cut one roll in half length-wise.

Tape it together so that it fits snugly inside the other roll.

With a piece of tape, make a tab on the top of the taped roll. This will be your handle or control.

With one tube inside the other and a couple inches sticking out, draw your face with a pencil. The mouth is closed and the lower lips are on the outside tube.

Now, open lift the inserted tube up more and draw a bigger mouth.

Now, have fun coloring the face with markers, crayon or paint.

Cut and glue or tape some hair to the top. You can cut a fringe out of construction or other paper. Or you could use strips of cloth or yarn. Be patient about glueing the yarn. You might have to glue one strand at a time.

Then, you can draw on a body -- add whatever you want to give it more personality.

Did you make a puppet? Send me a picture or a video (because these guys can sing!) or find Sandye Voight or the Hazel Green Opera House on Facebook.
I will try to find some more puppets you can make at home. 
Meanwhile, stay safe. Wash your hands and do something fun.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Stay safe!

Bunny Cotton-Tail says:

Stay safe
Stay healthy
Stay home
Wash your hands (or paws)

We will let you know when the Hazel Green Opera House reopens.

Until then, we miss you!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Mandated Closings

Dear Friends,

Sadly, we will be postponing our spring puppet show, “More Tales of Bunny Cotton-Tail,” until this coronavirus crisis eases and the mandated closures are lifted. 

The show was scheduled for April 4-5 and 11. If things are better by Easter, we will open that Saturday and run the next weekend. Or we will wait and run the next two weekends. Or, whatever. We’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, stay healthy! Make a puppet with your kids. We will be using the “extra” time to work on future shows.

Sandye and Chuck

The Fever River Puppeteers

Friday, January 10, 2020


Happy January, indeed! Our performance of "Little Red Space Helmet Girl" tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 11) at the Dubuque Museum of Art, has been postponed due to an imminent ice and snow double whammy. It has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Hope to see you there. (It's free!)

Monday, December 30, 2019

Happy New Year!

We had a whopping 89 people in the seats for our last show of "Elf Jingle," which was also our last show for 2019. It was also wonderful to host school groups from Benton, Wis., and Scales Mound, Ill., on the Friday before Christmas.
Although our public shows are generally on weekends, it is possible for us to host school classes and other groups during the week. We do have a handicap-access ramp at the side of the building. Please contact us for further information,, 608-732-7129.

You will find a calendar of events for 2020 on this page.

We will be performing

"Little Red Space Helmet Girl"

at the Dubuque Museum of Art at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.

This is a free performance that is part of the museum's Saturday matinee series.
We love performing here and always have a wonderful, welcoming audience!
"Little Red" is the 30-minute show that we did this past summer as part of the summer library reading series. The theme was outer space.

We are thinking of keeping this smaller stage up in the opera house and doing this show as a "pop-up" if there is decent traveling weather this winter. So, watch this space, check your emails (ask to be on our email list) and check out the Hazel Green Opera House facebook page.

Our next regularly scheduled performances will be "More Tales of Bunny Cotton-Tail," during the Easter season.

At this point, we are still not sure about Pupafooglee. That is our annual free day of puppet shows and puppet making. IF we have it (the IF is because of some unrelated plans for the opera house the following weekend), it would be on the Saturday before Father's Day, June 20.
Stay tuned!

Thanks for a wonderful 15 years at the Hazel Green Opera House!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Christmas shows

Our Christmastime shows this year will be

"Elf Jingle's Christmas Surprise"

This is a fast-paced marionette show with LOTS of characters, songs and scenes. Feel free to sing along to your favorite Christmas carols!
Cranky Elf Jingle and Mrs. Claus reminisce about Christmases past, including stories about reindeer adventures, when Jingle is called to sort out problems at Loading Dock No. 12. Bossy is impatiently waiting for the Maid A'Milking. There's an aging drummer boy, a goose a'laying and -- well, I think you get the picture. Meanwhile, some children welcome the first snowfall and decide to build a snowman. Santa arrives at a home where the children are nestled all snug in their beds. He returns to the North Pole just in time for Jingle's surprise.
This 45-minute show -- suitable for ALL ages -- will be presented:

Sat. Dec. 14, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 15, 2 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 21, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 22, 2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 27, 2 p.m. 

Also, look for us at the Hazel Green Christmas Craft Show, at Southwestern High School, Sunday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will have our 2020 flyers available as well as handmade puppets to sell.