What a day at the Cincinnati Art Museum!

On behalf of all the puppets, a big thank you to everyone who came to see our two shows this afternoon at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Family First Saturday.  We had a wonderful time telling jokes, singing songs, and hearing your laughter and applause.

Terrence Burke welcoming the audience at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

It was great to see our friends, both new and old, and hope that our Knock Knock jokes weren’t too painful.  Coleman loves telling these silly jokes, and will keep doing so as long as he gets the laughs.

If this was your first Wump Mucket Puppets show, thanks for coming to our performance.  We hope that you enjoyed it enough to tell your family and friends about our fun little show, and will join us again at a future performance.

Speaking of the future, as we explore the many connections made available through social media, here’s a very recent connection that was made after the publishers of the Bigfoot Ballyhoo internet magazine found one of Coleman’s videos on YouTube.  Here’s a link to their blog:
Bigfoot Ballyhoo Blog
Today’s shows were just the start of a very busy 2011, and we are very please to be saying so.  Thanks again to our lovely audience, and the staff at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  You know that Wump Mucket Puppets ROCK!

Cyril and Terrence Burke before performing at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Sept. 3 2011.

Welcome to our new blog home

Howdy friends, fans (both felt & flesh), and anyone else who may stumble our tiny bit of the Blogiverse. Thanks for coming by the new home of the Wump Mucket Puppets blog.

We are glad that you are interested in reading about the always evolving world of the Wump Mucket Puppets. Please check back often, leave a comment, share our blog with your family and friends, and by all means come see our show! After all, puppetry is best experienced live and Wump Mucket Puppets are as about as live as you can get!

Wump Mucket Puppets entertaining our fans at the Northside Farmers Market.

So, you may be wondering, what does this Burke guy have up his sleeve? Simply put, LOTS!  This year has been incredible for Wump Mucket Puppets. We have several great performances booked from September through December (check out our Performance Schedule here).

In addition to our live shows we are creating a short video for our favorite pizza shop, Northside’s one and only NYPD Pizza!  Puppets taking about pizza, what more could you ask for? This video project will be used to help promote NYPD’s new on-line ordering system. Coleman is very excited that he can now order pizza in just a few clicks! The video is in the pre-production stage right now as the script and storyboard get a few tweaks. We hope to have it completed soon and will share it with you over a slice of NYPD’s delicious pizza as soon as it ready -the video that is, not their pizza. Now there’s an idea! A Puppet Pizza Party! We’ll have to check into that and make sure that all the puppets can attend such a gala event. Would you attend? Let us now so we can start taking reservations.

Cyril and Coleman at Hoffner Park shooting a video.

Speaking of video, we have an second video project in the works that has been shot, and even given a very rough edit. Without spilling too many beans, we’ll let you know that the short video will be sent out to Cincinnati media outlets as a preview for an even grander production in 2012. Since we love to tease, we’ll give you a tiny clue: 2012 is an election year. Still curious? Good, keep checking back here at the official blog of the Wump Mucket Puppets.




We’ve moved

“Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”    -William Shakespeare 

Well it’s time to bid farewell to this little blog that has been the online home of Wump Mucket Puppets since 2005.  I am a little sad to say goodbye, and thrilled that the puppet troupe has grown from a childhood dream to a performing puppet company.

I hope that those of you who read my thoughts and ideas on this blog will follow our adventures on the new blog, as wells as our Facebook page and Twitter feed.  I will leave this blog up so new fans of Wump Mucket Puppets can learn about our little puppet troupe in it’s formative years.

Thanks for your interest, please stay in touch.

Puppeteer Terrence Burke with daughter Eleanor  around the time this blog was launched


Dubya Dubya Dubya…

It’s “DOUBLE YOU!!!”  for crying out loud!   Oh, sorry about that…

In case you just dropped in,  may I call your browser’s attention to look and see

You read that right!  At last our own website to tell the whole WWW about Wump Mucket Puppets!
Many thanks to Kevin Leidecker for all of his help in getting the website up and clicking 0101010101.  Oops, that’s machine talk.  😉

Of course this means that this blog will eventually move over to the “official” website in the not so distant future.  Don’t worry, I’ll give you plenty of advance warning.

The new website, like all of my projects, is a work in progress. Hey, aren’t we all nothing more than walking & talking “works in progress”?   I have quite a few cool ideas that I wish to add to the website as it develops. Click on over, look around, let me know what you think.

We are on a roll!

July has been a VERY busy month at the Wump Mucket Puppets secret HQ.  Our dragon parade puppet was met with many kind words.  Here’s the video:

Our show at the Northside library was very well attended.  Everyone had fun, and checked out a few books about puppetry and cryptozoology.  We would love to perform at our neighborhood’s library, and other libraries, in the not too distant future.

Speaking of the future…  there are a few very exciting things that are going to be happening to this little puppet troupe.  An “official” Wump Mucket Puppets website is in the planning stages, a short video to help promote our favorite pizza shop NYPD Pizza is in “pre-production”, and finally we will be announcing a future performance at one of Cincinnati’s fine museums very soon.

We’re going to the library!

I am 110% thrilled to say that on Wednesday July 6th the Wump Mucket Puppets will be performing at the Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library, 4219  Hamilton Avenue, Northside, Cincinnati  (513) 369-4449.

 Here’s the Google link to help you find the Northside Library

July 11 Puppet Poster

The show starts at 3PM and runs about a half hour.  After the show I will be conducting a “Question & Answers” session with the audience about puppetry.  So please bring some questions for the puppets, and with some luck they will have a few answers for you.  Oh, tell all your friends about this FREE show!  We want to pack the room and have arranged to have books about puppetry and cryptozoology available to borrow, so bring your library card.

G’Wazzl gets a chuckle from old Earth comics

Why am I so happy to be performing at our neighborhood library you wonder?  The answer is simple, I LOVE LIBRARIES!  I remember my mother walking me and my sisters and brothers to the Ballardvale library when we were all very young, reading books to us, and the best part, being able to bring the book or record (yes record!) home to read or listen to again.  Libraries are one of the treasures in life that should be enjoyed and used frequently.  My family must visit the wonderful Northside library several times a week. 

Coleman reading one of his favorite books

I am also very please to say that to celebrate the Wump Mucket Puppets performance  at the Northside Library, I have written a new tune for Cyril to sing about his love of the library.  We hope to see you at the show!

Cyril loves reading about his cousin Champ

College Hill & Northside know that PUPPETS ROCK!!!

It’s been a busy week for the Wump Mucket Puppets and we love it!  Two shows performed in the same week and I haven’t lost my voice!  Remarkable. 

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came to see our puppet shows in College Hill and our home turf of Northside.  We love to perform for you.  I honestly believe that keeping the puppet show small and local really is, in the grand scheme of things, something big!

I look forward to our next puppet show that will be INSIDE an air conditioned building!  YIPPEE!!!
Come and join us on Wednesday July 6th at the Northside branch of the Cincinnati Public Library at 3 PM.
You can look forward to a couple of new songs that the puppets and I have been working on over the last few weeks.  As Coleman has said before, “It’s gonna be great!”

Two puppet shows next week!!!

Come out to see the Wump Mucket Puppets perform their first outdoor shows this year!

Both performances are FREE and 101% family friendly!

Thursday, June 16th 3:30 PM
College Hill Farm Market
5742 Hamilton Avenue, College Hill
The Farm Market is held in the parking lot of the College Hill Presbyterian  Church

Saturday, June 18th 4 PM
Northside’s Art in the Park
Hoffner Park (corner of Hamilton & Blue Rock) in the heart of Northside

We’ll be telling a few new jokes, a new tune or two, along with the Wump Mucket Puppets’ usual silliness!

Here’s a link to the cool new poster featuring Cyril:
June 2011 Wump Mucket Puppets poster

…and for those of you still reading, I have not forgotten about sharing the puppetry bits of our trip to Maryland last month.  I promise that I’ll get to it soon and include a few of the hundreds of photos. 
Thanks for your interest, we hope to see you at a show next week!

It’s always nice to hear from you

 It’s always nice to hear what our audience thinks of our little puppet troupe.  Here are a couple of very nice comments sent to us from folks who saw our shows that were performed in May:

Thank you for a great show today!! 
Chloe is still talking about it :O)

Thank you for the wonderment. An amazing show! Bravo!!!

The puppets and I  are very pleased that our wonderful audience enjoys our antics so much.  We couldn’t have done it without YOU!  There are more shows scheduled throughout the summer.  Check back here, or on our Facebook page for the dates in the very near future.  We hope to see YOU there!