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.
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.
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.