Let the summer 2017 touring season begin!
Summer is the busiest time of year for “road warrior” puppeteers, and children’s entertainers. We pack our vehicles with sound equipment, props, and puppets to travel the highways and back roads of America, sharing joy and with children.
For many of these kids, these shows are their first exposure to live theatre/performance art. I love hearing their small voices, as they enter the libraries, looking at my stage with anticipation and chattering, “It’s a puppet show, a puppet show!”
During the show, I can hear them talking to my puppet cast, responding to jokes, or giggling to the silliness on stage. The magic is working. The children are not looking at pieces of foam, fleece, or paper mache. They have entered the world of my imagination, populated by a Sea Serpent, a Sasquatch, and their fellow cast members. For the next thirty minutes, my young audience has temporarily left any worries of the real world behind. Their reward? A giggle, a song or two, and a happy memory of the day that they went to the library to see a puppet show. This memory is a treasure that they will keep forever.
Come see Wump Mucket Puppets this summer. Tour dates; www.WumpMucketPuppets.com/shows
Bee Happy coloring page by Mark Neeley
We are thrilled to share this exclusive coloring page drawn by Cincinnati author/illustrator Mark Neeley: (click on image and print out)
Mark has been a friend of ours for several years and we are honored by his wonderfully playful art of the Wump Mucket Puppets. Please visit his website www.MarkNeeley.com to learn more about his books and art projects.
Be sure to share your finished coloring page on our Facebook page too!
We’ve been working hard for the past six months to bring our new BEE HAPPY show to the stage and I look forward to performing it for you very soon. Ever wonder how the ideas for this show came about?
The opening act is called Coleman’s Green Team, and touches on a subject that addresses an important ecology topic, littering. In this segment of the show Coleman the Sasquatch gently reminds the audience that we need to get bitter about litter. I live in an urban neighborhood of Cincinnati, and pick up trash daily. I find this most upsetting, and decided to help share a positive message through puppetry, that littering is ugly and we all need to pitch in and help stop it. I remember when I was a boy, watching Woodsy Owl in TV commercials, encouraging everyone to “Give a hoot, don’t pollute”.
The Bee Happy segment of the show is inspired by my mother, who is an amateur apiarist, or beekeeper. For several years she has kept bees, and as I write this blog is visiting Eastern Europe, learning new methods. I recall being frightened of bees as a boy, and think that this is a good opportunity to help children understand more about bees, and how connected they are to so many of the fruits and vegetables that we enjoy. I hope that my young audience will enjoy G’Wizzl’s visit with QB the Queen Bee, a fantastic new puppet created by my wife Lara Rumizen. The closing song to this skit is rather catchy too!
The show is rounded out by Cyril and Coleman’s silliness, and we’ll have Unka Unka the caveman trying to plant a flower garden, right on the puppet stage!
As an special treat for our fans who enjoy coloring, Cincinnati author/illustrator Mark Neeley has drawn a BEE-utiful new coloring page that everyone can download to print out on June 1st. I love his comical version of our puppet stars, and thank him for this wonderful contribution. BEE sure to share your finished coloring page on our Facebook page for everyone to see!
So come see the Wump Mucket Puppets this summer, I bet you’ll be happy that you did. Click here for our performance calendar