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.
We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2018 Pup-a-Foo-Glee, our annual festival of Puppets, Food and Fun! This FREE day for families and puppet lovers of all ages will be
Saturday, June 16
(That is the day before Father's Day)
(Be aware: This schedule is subject to change.)
The fun begins at 10 a.m. (although you can come early. Grownups: we WILL have the coffee pot on!) First up is
by Wayne Krefting of Minnesota
After the show, there will be time to meet and greet this guest puppeteer and his puppets.
Then, when everyone is ready, we will set up tables and get ready for our first workshop. At this writing (April 23), we plan to have kids make a paper caterpillar puppet. This performance and make-and-take are aimed at our younger audience members, but the show is for all ages and older kids will enjoy this project and are free to ad lib.
During the more-or-less noontime break, there will be concessions (for a fee) on the street as well as activities including chalk drawing, theater games, picture painting and the ever popular puppet petting zoo. (If the weather is uncooperative, we will have fun indoors.)
At 1 p.m., the Fever River Puppeteers will perform "Scribble," the story of a magical mouse who takes four kids on an adventure inside their own stories. (We created this show and performed it in eight area schools in 2015, thanks for a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board.)
But wait! There's more! After "Scribble," which is about 50 minutes long, we will get the tables back and make yet another puppet, at about 2 p.m.. This one will be a quick version of a rod puppet similar to some of the puppets in the show.
At this point, we hope you will be deliriously happy and tired, full of puppet fun and ideas and ready to go home, as Pup-a-foo-glee wraps up at about 3 p.m.
Note that I have updated the calendar at the side panel of the blog. Note also that events planned so far in advance must sometimes be changed. If things do change, I will note it in this blog and especially on two Facebook pages: FeverRiver Puppeteers and Hazel Green Opera House. The FeverRiver page also functions as my personal Facebook page, so you might have to endure pictures of my grandchildren and garden occasionally. The opera house page, being a secondary page, doesn't get updated often enough and sometimes Facebook shuts me out.
This winter, with our board, we will be planning some special activities to celebrate our 25th anniversary of puppetry! That is why I chose "The Magic Calendar" as our Labor Day production. It is a giant book/scenery show that cruses through a whole year and as such includes snippets from many of our shows. It is one of my favorites.
It is not included in the calendar, but I hope to produce "Scribble," our show about the magic of writing, again. I might submit it as a puppet festival entry. I would also love to host school groups at the opera house and have the kids create shoebox puppet theaters as part of the experience.
Since the holidays, we have been working on our summer library/festival offering, "The Bremen Town Musicians." Making the four animals -- donkey, dog, cat and rooster -- is a challenge, since they have to perch on top of each other. There should be a photo to post soon and flyers to go out to area libraries.
I am also making more toy-size marionettes to sell and working on future scripts. These are good things to do on gloomy, icy, cold days. And it won't be long before we start to mount our spring show, "The Easter Bunny Story."
Blessings to you all in the new year and make plans to attend our shows this year. Please contact us with any questions.
We are busy getting ready to perform our Christmas show, as well as preparing for our booth in the Hazel Green Christmas Craft Fair. Besides selling small, handmade puppets at the fair, we also offer flyers about our 2018 shows. The craft fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Southwestern High School, Hazel Green.
This year's holiday offering is "Christmas Around the World." Performances will be
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9 and 16
2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 10 and 17
2 p.m. Wed., Dec 27
In our 45-minute original production, Elf Jingle can't resist messing around with Santa's mysterious "Clockenschpiel" and finds himself on a whirlwind tour of 10 countries. He finds out that there are more Christmas traditions than he ever imaged and that the holiday season is a whole month, from Dec. 6 to Jan. 6! He does manage to get back to the North Pole in time in a most unusual way.
After the performance, we love to bring out some of the puppets so that kids can pose for photo ops and they get to see the puppets up close. We love it when they (and the grownups) ask questions.
When Witch Hazel Green’s little black cat goes missing, she learns that sometimes a boost of confidence from family and friends is all the magic you need.
Our next marionette production, “Hazel’s Halloween Birthday,” features her big green son Frankie and a host of your favorite characters, including the Six Dancing Witches, a ghost, a skeleton, Scarecrow Sally and Hazel’s nemesis, the goblin who lives in the lead mines. (Last seen in "The Lead Miner's Daughter.")
Performances will be at
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 21 and 28,
and 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 22 and 29
The show is about 50 minutes long. As always, there will be plenty of time for photos and Q and A after each performance.
Tickets are available only at the door, which opens a half hour before each performance. Prices are $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and younger.
For information, call 608-732-7129 or 608-732-6404 or visit hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.
PLEASE NOTE!!!!! Because Benton, our hometown, will have a parade and other festivities on Sunday this year instead of the traditional Monday/Labor Day, we have moved our usual Sunday shows to Monday. *
What is more fun than a fairy tale? The answer is three fairy tales rolled into one!
In "3 Bears, 3 Pigs, 3 Billy Goats Gruff," our silly but cute little Goldilocks skips her way through three time-worn fairy tales. Along the way, she is mistaken for the host of a cable TV home improvement show and blithely plays along.
The little ones in the audience won't get any of that. They will just enjoy seeing the characters of their favorite storybooks come alive. But we like to add little jokes to give the grownups a chuckle or two. In fact, some grownups like to come all by themselves, even if they don't have little people to share the experience with them.
Performances will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 2
*Monday, Sept. 4
Saturday, Sept. 9
Chuck and I will be walking (or something) in the parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on Benton's Main Street (Highway 11). We will be flinging out a few free child admission tickets to entice audiences to the Monday shows.
And for those of you who choose to go camping during the last three-day weekend of the summer, we invite you to the final performances of this show on the following Saturday.
We are already thinking green, here at the Hazel Green Opera House, as we prepare for our St. Patrick Day-themed version of Cinderella.
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we will present “An Irish Cinderella,”
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10
2 p.m. Sunday, March 11
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18
and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19
This marionette show is an Emerald Isle twist to the familiar fairy tale. Colleen’s stepmother won’t allow her to go to the Irish step-dancing contest. She manages to get there anyway to dance with the prince, with the help of a dancing pig and a leprechaun.
The show is about 45 minutes long and, as always, after the show, there will be plenty of photo ops and time to ask questions and see the puppets up close.