Monday, March 28, 2022

“Sleeping Beauty”

We are pleased to bring back this spring favorite.

We first built this show with an eye to springtime and it will definitely be spring by the time we perform it, during the last weekend in April, May Day and Mother’s Day weekend.

Our version of  this beloved fairy tale includes a gaggle of witches (familiar to our audiences!) who bestow gifts on a baby princess, an overprotective father, a mean witch-turned-snow monster, a princess who loves to garden and a cloud of colorful butterflies. Butterflies, of course, are a metaphor for life after death.

Side note: The spinning wheel was one of my mother’s “tchotchkes.” One day, I noticed that it was puppet-size and blatantly asked for it. It’s perfect for Sleeping Beauty as well as Rumpelstiltskin.

Also, we are making this show available through the end of May for mid-week school (and other) groups. The opera house can seat 80. This is a perfect show for end-of-the-year school trips.


“Sleeping Beauty”

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. April 30

2 p.m. Sun. May 

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. May 7

2 p.m. Sun. May 8

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Spring shows!

 Hi! We will be offering two marionette shows at the opera house this spring — in a departure from our usual scheduling.

First up:

“Irish Cinderella”

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. March 12

2 p.m. Sun. March 13

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. March 19

2 p.m. Sun. March 20

Liam the leprechaun steps in for the fairy godmother in this St. Patrick Day-ish take on the classic fairy tale. Poor Colleen wants to go to the king’s Irish step dancing contest but she hasn’t a thing to wear, among other problems. 

This approximately 50-minute show is fun for all ages. No reservations necessary, however, we will be taking reservations for any school groups who might want to visit during the week days in between. Call me: 608-732-7129. 

After “Irish Cinderella,” we will be doing a quick turnaround to offer 

“Sleeping Beauty”

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. April 30

2 p.m. Sun. May 1

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. May 7

2 p.m. Sun. May 8

Friday, November 12, 2021

December events

 We will have puppets for sale, as well a our new 2022 season flyers, at the Hazel Green Christmas Craft Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Southwestern High School gym in Hazel Green.

Besides the little marionettes, I have been making what I call tabletop puppets. They are similar to the look of the marionettes, but without all those annoying strings. Instead, there is a simple wooden control peg at the back of the puppet’s head and another handle to manipulate one arm. They are easy to operate and won’t get tangled. But I will still have marionettes available for the traditionalists! And if you have ever purchased a marionette from me and it is hopelessly tangled, please bring it in and I will fix it for you.

Stock up for Christmas. These potential gifts are not stuck on a container ship or in a warehouse…

Next we will do two weekends plus two mid-holiday performances of

“Christmas Around the World”

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 11

2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 12

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 18

2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29

See what happens when Elf Jingle messes with Santa’s “clockenschpiel” and gets transported to 10 different countries! Will he get back to the North Pole in time to help Santa deliver all the packages?

Please note that we are adding a performance on that Wednesday between Christmas and New Year’s because it is typically the most popular date of all — often a real full house. 

We are braced to really enjoy this holiday season since we were not able to open the opera house last December. That said, we are requiring masks and hope that many of our kids will be vaccinated by then. 

Let the holiday joy begin! I can’t wait to decorate the opera house again for Christmas. It is magical.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Halloween shows

This Halloween we are proud to perform:

“Revenge of the Crashing Witches”

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23

2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30

2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31

Strange things happen when the cranky Dottie Splinterbottom moves next door to Witch Hazel Green. One by one, Hazel’s sisters, the Witches Emerald, Jade, Kelly, Olive, Avocado and Mint Green, fly into utility poles where they become impossibly stuck. At first, Hazel’s magical attempts to help them seem to backfire, but eventually all is well. 

Please remember to wear a mask — the kind that covers your mouth and nose. Halloween costumes are welcome, as well.

If you are coming from Dubuque, we expect the detour to last through November. Either take the East Dubuque bridge to 20, 20 to 84 and 84 north to Hazel Green. Or, if taking the Wisconsin bridge, get off of 151 at Kieler. Take H to Cuba City and 81 south of Hazel Green. Leave a trail of breadcrumbs.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

“Scribble” shows in September

We are reopening the opera house after nearly a year, with performances beginning Labor Day weekend.


Performances will be:

11 a.m & 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4
(No performances on Sunday, Sept. 5)
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 6

11 a.m & 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11
2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12

Please wear a mask if you are over the age of 2
Tickets are $5 per person, available only at the door.
The door will open a half hour before each performance.

This is the story of four school friends who meet a magical mouse and find themselves on a fantastic adventure, when they become characters in stories they are writing. But the princess, mermaid, astronaut and race car driver find that their stories have gotten all jumbled up. Fortunately, Scribble has some magical pencils to help them fight unexpected villains and sort things out.

The 45-minute show features, rod puppets, hand puppets and shadow puppets. The original show with original music was created in 2014 with a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Upcoming shows in 2021

 We have decided not to do an Eastertime show again this year, as the pandemic hopefully winds down. However, we have a new summer library-themed traveling show available that we should be able to do indoors or out. It’s called 

“Cat and Dog’s Trip Across America”

This is a departure from our usual traveling hand puppet shows. This is a table top show, featuring a suitcase “cranky” and a few other surprises. Depending on how the summer goes, we might offer this show in the opera house. 

In September, we’ll bring back “Scribble,” our original story about a mouse who takes four school kids on a writing adventure. This story is told with rod and hand puppets as well as two different kind of shadow puppets. 


“Scribble” will be performed on Labor Day weekend, Sat. Sept. 4 and Monday, Sept. 6, as well as Sept. 11 and 12. This is a show about the magic of creative writing, first performed in area schools several years ago, thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board. We will make this available for area school trips to the opera house during week days from Sept. 7 through Oct. 8. This is a perfect show for grades 2-4 (but great for all ages.)

“Revenge of the Crashing Witches”

Our Halloween shows will be the weekends of Oct. 23-24 and 30-31.

“Christmas Around the World”

Our Christmas shows will be the weekends of Dec. 11-12, 18-19 as well as Wednesday, Dec. 29.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Shows cancelled

 Sadly, we will not be doing any shows at the Hazel Green Opera House until this pandemic is under control and people feel safe to come out to a puppet show. There were extremely small audiences for our September and October shows and we were barely able to pay for the advertising. Luckily, we had a little bit of money tucked away and we are set to receive a $769 grant through the Wisconsin Arts Board. This will help pay the heat, light and insurance bills for a little while, hopefully until we can open the doors again.

In the meantime, wear a mask and stay safe. Enjoy the holidays as best you can, and if anyone is interested in purchasing a puppet as a gift, please call me at 608-732-7129.