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.
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 Friederickson'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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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
Twenty-five years ago, we started making marionettes -- a lead miner, for starters, which led to our first production, "The Lead Miner's Daughter." We won't be repeating that production this year -- we'll save that for next year and our 15th anniversary at the opera house. Instead, we will celebrate by performing one of our favorites:
"The Magic Calendar"
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. Sept. 1, 2018
(No performance on Sunday)*
2 p.m. Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 3
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. Sept. 8
Witch Hazel gets a very large, very mysterious package and can't resist opening it early, despite being warned by Bossy the Cow. Inside is a larger-than-life calendar book. As the pages turn, Hazel is entertained by a year's worth of puppet friends "singing and dancing and telling bad jokes."
*Instead of performing on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, you will find us in Benton's Labor Day parade and doing a puppet-making workshop in the park that afternoon.