Come see us at the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center on May 21st!

The puppets will be hopping into their box and rolling around the corner from our super secret Northside headquarters to entertain the families attending the Sampler Saturday at the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Avenue on Saturday May 21st at 3:30 PM

What’s a Sampler Saturday you ask?  (from CFEC’s website)
It’s a smorgasbord of abbreviated demo classes! Considering a music class for your infant? Wondering if signing with your baby is right for you? Does a creative movement class sound fun for your toddler? What about an art class for your one year old? Maybe Spanish for your 2 year old? Cooking, puppetry, drama, yoga? We offer over 20 classes from Birth to 5 years – give us a try! And, if you’re already a CFEC regular, please invite a friend who hasn’t found out how awesome we are!

  • Saturday, May 21st; 3:30-5:30
  • 6 class samples will be offered, appropriate from Birth to age 5
  • A $5.00 donation is kindly requested  to help us thank our entertainer

*Those who make a donation will be entered into a drawing for a free Summer Term child’s class series of your choice (a $100 value!)!

More info at:

I’ll be glad to meet and greet anyone who wishes to talk to the puppets after the show and will have our wonderful coloring page on hand for our younger fans.  See you at the show!

Is it STILL raining?

Now that the frame of the puppet stage has dried I thought I’d give our fans a heads up that there are several public performances in the pipeline for the Wump Mucket Puppets!

I promise that the dates (yes DATES!) will be posted very soon.  I want to iron out the small wrinkles in Cyril’s tail before I make an official announcement.  I hope you are as excited as I am!  I bet Coleman would rather stay in his box.

So try to stay dry (hey, that should be a song) and drop by this little bit of a blog real soon.  As always, thank YOU for your kind interest in the silly adventures of the Wump Mucket Puppets troupe.

Thank you for being a wonderful audience!

If you look at the smiling faces of the children that I performed for this morning you will see the reason why I am a puppeteer.  As I continue to develop my puppetry skills (and spills) I crave moments such as this when I can bring laughter and smiles to the people who are so kind to be my audience for half an hour.

Sure, the sky opened up and dropped a gazillion gallons of water on me while I was unloading to set up for the shows today, yet the show must go on!  A little rain never stopped the Wump Mucket Puppets!

Thanks to all the students and teachers in Room A3 at Winton Montessori School this morning, and the families who stopped by the Northside Farmers Market this evening to see the show. I hope to see you at our shows in the future.

Come out and see our first show of 2011!

A singing Sea Serpent, a picnic basket loving Sasquatch, and a large orange alien have been spotted in Northside!
The Wump Mucket Puppets return to the Northside Farmers Market for a free puppet show on Wednesday, April 27th at 5:30 PM.  The market is located at the North Presbyterian Church, 4222 Hamilton Avenue in Northside, of course.
The twenty-five minute live performance is family friendly and includes original songs, skits, and silliness written and performed by Northside puppeteer Terrence Burke.
Be sure not to miss this!
Here’s the snazzy poster 

Puppets & Projects for 2011

We are almost half way into January 2011 and I am happy to report that the Wump Mucket Puppets are entering the new year with several exciting projects and upcoming performances.

The projects:

“The Legend of the Last Kelpie” puppet play is “stewing” in my brain a little longer. At first I envisioned this as one of my quick little shows for children, yet as I scrawled down ideas it is beginning to look like a much more involved production, and will take more time to write, build, and perform. To tease you a little, it’s the story of a young girl growing up near the Atlantic Ocean at the beginning of the 20th century. The play will appeal to families, not just the tots.

“G’Wpunzel” will be the Wump Mucket spin on the Brothers Grimm tale “Rapunzel” featuring our resident orange alien puppet G’Wazzl G’Wook in the starring roll…wearing a purple wig.

WUMP MUCKET PUPPETS – The Comic Book! You read that correctly. I have sketched and rough drafted a mini-comic to sell at our shows in glorious black & white! Issue #1 tells the tale of how Cyril and Coleman first met.

Speaking of Coleman, his new fur arrived last week from California ,which makes sense since he’s a Sasquatch. His rebuild should be ready for the Spring shows.

Spring shows? Yes, dear reader, SHOWS! I’ll post the exact dates and venues as we get closer to that lovely season.

And on a more boring note, but cool for me, I have ordered business cards to help promote this little puppet troupe.


2010 was the year the puppets got out!

I am very proud that this year was the year that I finally got my little puppet show out in front of an audience with a grand total of seven shows performed in 2010.

Thanks to everyone who came out and clapped and laughed at the puppet’s silliness. I really appreciate your interest in my puppet shows.

Here are a few photos from the “first annual” Wump Mucket Puppets Holiday Sing A Long Puppet Show:

Our puppet stage is ready for the show

Cyril & his tail.

Cyril & Coleman singing holiday tunes.

So what does 2011 hold in store for the Wump Mucket Puppets?


Excellent question. The idea gears are already turning for an Irish themed skit to perform around St. Patrick’s Day. The “Coleman” puppet will be rebuilt, and I have found a faux fur that looks GREAT! I have had a request from my daughter Eleanor to figure out a way to rig the puppet stage to drop ping-pong balls onto the puppets…so that will be a fun challenge.

So 2011 will be filled with exciting projects to keep this little puppet troupe rolling along into new and exciting adventures in live family friendly puppetry.

A big thank you to YOU, our audience. When I hear your laughter and applause I smile knowing that you know that the Wump Mucket Puppets ROCK!

Wump Mucket Puppets Holiday Sing-A-Long & puppet show

You read that right. We’re squeezing one more show into 2010!

What: Wump Mucket Puppets Holiday Sing-A-Long & puppet show. Join the puppets as they sing some of their favorite Christmas time tunes, and perform an encore presentation of the soon to be a classic “Lil’ Red Sasquatch Hood” skit.

When: Thursday, December 30th at 11 AM

Where: Sidewinder Coffee & Tea
4181 Hamilton Avenue in Northside -Cincinnati’s “hippest” neighborhood!

How much: FREE!

Arrive early so you can get a good seat and bring your Jingle Bells!

What’s next?

As 2010 starts to wind down, I look back on it with some pride. I have finally, at the age of 45, become an amateur puppeteer. Is being an amateur a bad thing?
Not really.

I recall a line from Ken Nordine‘s “Adult Kindergarten”, “No one lives long enough to be anything but an amateur.”
Perhaps if I had followed my passion for puppetry back in the 80’s or 90’s I may be able to pay the bills with it. Then it could have become a “career” rather than a hobby.
Careers have always scared me, I have followed several of them and never really been very happy to where they have taken me. Whereas hobbies are doing something I love for the pleasure of it, nothing else. Sure, some hobbies may lead you to grand and wonderful places to meet fun and exciting people. I am up for that journey, as long as they aren’t wearing suits and neck ties when I get there.

As I move this little puppet troupe into 2011, I have begun to research puppet friendly venues to perform the show. Nothing solid to report just quite yet, however there are a few promising possibilities on the horizon.

I can tell you that I will be performing “Lil’ Red Sasquatch Hood” at a private holiday party for my fellow Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild members next month. I have been a CAPG member since 2001, when I began to focus my creative energy towards puppetry. They are the nicest puppet people I have met, and it will be a pleasure to perform for my puppetry guild.

Dim the lights, it’s slide show time everybody!

Here are a few photos from the three performances of our “Lil’ Red Sasquatch Hood” show on October 27, 2010.

Slide show of “Lil’ Red Sasquatch” puppet show

Many thanks to Jan Stenken at Winton Montessori School and William Lambeth at the Northside Farmers Market for having me perform.

Thanks to my daughter and son, Eleanor and Tiernan, for being my test audience and inspiration to perform puppets for children.

Thank you Mum and Dad(R.I.P), for seeing that I had an interest in puppetry all those years ago, and encouraging me to (finally) be a puppeteer.

Yet most of all, a HUGE HUG & KISS to the love of my life, my wife Lara, for staying up very late with me as we worked together to get this little puppet show out our front door and in front of an audience.

For those of you still reading (Hi Susan, Chris L., and Ruby Mae) thanks for your kind words of support as I ever so slowly put this little puppet troupe together, you are VERY cool people because you know that PUPPETS ROCK!