The calendar says that today is the first day of Autumn, although in Cincinnati it feels like mid-August. Yuck. I am not a fan of hot and sticky weather.
Today will also be the final performance of my “Bee Happy” show for 2017. That is unless I receive a request to perform it again. Don’t worry if you missed it, we’ll be bringing it back next Spring. It has been a great show to perform, and marks the first show that I have sang along to music that I have created, through the puppets of course. I really enjoy singing, although sometimes it’s been a challenge to sing in the puppet’s voice.
Tonight’s performance will be at the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati. I have been donating puppet shows there since the summer of 2012, and enjoy working with their staff. While my audience is often small, the children and families who I perform for are appreciative. I love providing them with a half hour of silliness, and help them with the healing process through laughter.
With October around the corner, our newest puppet “Gourdon” is nearing completion. I began sculpting his head out of clay in June. My daughter asked me to watch the TV show “Over The Garden Wall” with her. In one of the episodes there is a village of pumpkin people who I found most interesting. They reminded me of “Jack Pumpkinhead” from L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. I also enjoy vintage Halloween greeting cards and decorations featuring jack-o-lanterns. When I returned from our East Coast tour in mid-August I began working on “Gourdon”, using paper mache. I really enjoyed building our latest cast member. Please come see him at our October shows.
When “Gourdon” is finished, it’s time to build another traditional hand puppet for our “Frozen Follies” holiday show. This puppet will be included in our new skit “The Many Names of Santa Claus”. I will be posting photos to the Wump Mucket Puppets official Facebook page as the building progresses to give our friends and fans a chance to view the puppet building progress. Please give our page a “like”. Thanks for reading this. Puppets ROCK!