So many children grew up in Cincinnati loving his numerous TV shows and live performances. I regret that I don’t share their memories, watching his signature characters Hattie the Witch, Snarfie R. Dog, and Teaser the Mouse, to mention only a few. I am sure that I would have loved his shows.
When I was getting my puppet act together in the early 2000s, I was welcomed with open arms by the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild, which Larry founded in the 1970s. I met him at various guild meetings and events, and would sometimes bump into him around Cincinnati. As I think about him today, I really wished that I got to know him better.
Several years ago, while I was performing in Downtown Cincinnati, a man in his 60s approached me from the audience after my show with a big smile on his face. He looked at me to say, “Man! You are Larry Smith!”. I consider this as a very kind complement, as Larry spent most of his adult life performing puppets.
Rest in Peace Larry Smith. You made children happy by bringing joy and laughter to Cincinnati.
What a fantastic, puppet rockin’ week it has been! Wump Mucket Puppets are becoming regular guests in Cincinnati media. We love all the kind attention that we are getting. Thank you to the producers, anchors, and editors that have helped me share this adventure in puppetry with their viewers, listeners, and readers. You ROCK!
We return to WVXU
Our media “blitz” this past week began with an email from WVXU 91.7 FM, Cincinnati’s NPR affiliate, to invite me to come to their Central Parkway studios and be interviewed to promote our May 9, 2015 performance at Northside’s Art in the Park. Producer Lee Hay has been very kind to our little puppet troupe, making this our fifth appearance on Around Cincinnati. Be sure to tune in Sunday April 26, from 7 – 8 pm or listen to their stream. We had a great time chatting with host Anne Arenstein, plus Reg The Loveland Frog makes his radio singing debut! Here are a few of Wump Mucket Puppets previous apperances on WVXU to enjoy.
Promoting Cincinnati puppetry on FOX19
How do you follow up a radio interview? How about a LIVE morning television segment! As the president of the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild, I am very grateful to the folks atFOX19to invite myself and our vice president Ryan Moore on as guests. Anchor Frank Marzullo is fun to talk to. WXIX has a long history with Cincinnati puppetry, as it was the TV station that our founding guild presidentLarry Smith helped sign on the air in 1968, and remained one of the top rated shows. I look forward to future guests spots with Frank and his co-hosts at FOX19.
Here’s our segment on FOX19 Morning Xtra to enjoy:
Day of Puppetry
As the week drew closer to the Day of Puppetry, my wife Lara and I found the time to get our growing cast of puppets together for a few photos thatCincinnati Magazinehas requested for their June 2015 issue to promote Wump Mucket Puppets performance at theTaft Museum of Arton Sunday June 21, 2015. You must pick up that issue to see our fantastic photo.
The Day of Puppetry at Happen in Northside was a big hit with all the children and their families who attended. Thanks toHappen Incfor being our host for three years in a row! And thank you to puppeteers Ryan Moore and Richard Brown who performed along with me and share the joy of puppetry with our city.
What a week we are having at our super-secret headquarters! It’s been a fantastic week for us. All this activity is, well… FANTASTIC!
First, a HUGE thank you to Jim, Aretta, John, Sarah, and Lisa for taking the time to write letters of recommendation for my scholarship application to attend the 2013 National Puppetry Festival in August. Your kind words of praise were truly moving. I am very fortunate to know each of you.
G'Wazzl can't wait to introduce you to his new puppet pal!
I have been sworn to secrecy regarding the creation of a new puppet character that is joining our fun little troupe. The idea has been in my sketchbook for years, it’s about time that I bring this puppet to our stage. Be sure to come to our February 16th show to see our new puppet pal!
And last, but not least, the date has been confirmed for Cincinnati’s 2013 National Day of Puppetry celebration! Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 20th from 12 pm until 3 pm. Members of the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild will be presenting a fun packed afternoon of puppet shows, demonstrations, and displays about the history of puppetry in Cincinnati at Happen 4201 Hamilton Avenue in always happening Northside. You won’t want to miss this!