2012 was a remarkable year for Wump Mucket Puppets.
I performed the final show of the year last night for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati. It’s one of my favorite places to perform. Why? Read on…
I was about to bring all of my puppet gear into the children’s theatre when all of the guests and staff were exiting the building. The fire alarms had been set off inside due to smoke in the kitchen area, luckily no one was hurt and the situation was under control quickly. I am glad I was still wearing my Oscar the Grouch hoodie.
When everyone was allowed back inside, I set up the puppet stage and prepared to perform the show. Guests gradually entered the children’s theatre to see the show. Then it was showtime! Everything went well, the guests sang along to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, joined in for a few knock-knock jokes, and had some fun. During our post-show meet & greet the puppets met a few of the children in the audience and passed out coloring sheets (with a few extras for later).
I then began to pack up the puppets, sound equipment, and stage when a volunteer brought three children into the theatre. She told me that they were with a sibling who had just been admitted to Children’s Hospital and had driven from Portsmouth, Ohio, about a two hour drive from Cincinnati. The volunteer asked if I would bring the puppets back out for these children. I didn’t miss a beat and brought out Cyril for some friendly chit-chat and a tune. Coleman then shared a couple of his knock-knock jokes and talked about the Bengals with the two boys and The Reds with the young lady. Finally G’Wazzl barked “Jingle Bells” for the kids and wished them a good night and happy new year. They left the theatre with some of our coloring sheets and smiles on their faces.
This is exactly why I am a puppeteer. To bring a bit of happiness and joy to children through my puppet characters.
As I think about 2012, I have so many happy puppetry memories, here are a few:
- The puppets performed to HUNDREDS of children and their families.
- We brought the puppet show to the inner city and out to the country.
- Two Cincinnati morning television shows and a radio program has us on the air as guests!
- The first issue of Wump Mucket Puppets Comics was published and given away on Free Comic Book Day.
- G’Wazzl and Coleman “launched” a U.F.O. from Fountain Square and Cyril sang a version of the WKRP in Cincinnati theme during the same show.
Best of all, I had a fantastic time sharing my love of puppetry with so many happy people. Thank you for an amazing year, come see the “puppets rock” again in 2013!