Wump Mucket Puppets on WVXU

Wump Mucket Puppets on WVXU

Baby, if you’ve ever wondered
Wondered whatever became of me
I’m living on the air in Cincinnati
Cincinnati, WVXU

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Wump Mucket Puppets returned to the Cincinnati airwaves on WVXU 91.7 FM to be guests on Around Cincinnati on Sunday April 26, 2015.  Missed the broadcast?  Live outside the WVXU area?  Fear not dear fan, for here is the link to enjoy the interview.

Many thanks to host Anne Arenstein and producer Lee Hay for having Coleman the Sasquatch and Reg the Loveland Frog, along with their  puppeteer, as guests.  This was the first time that Reg had been on the radio, so be sure to listen to his silly bit of singing, with apologies to the rock superstar Prince -who Reg is a big fan of.  Ribbitt!

Listen to previous WVXU interviews here

2014 FAN-tastic Contest!

2014 FAN-tastic Contest!

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What a fantastic year 2014 has been for Wump Mucket Puppets!  We have performed for so many great people and made lots of new pals.

What better way to show our thanks to our fans than a FUN contest with really GREAT prizes!

Here’s all you have to do:

1.  LIKE our the official Wump Mucket Puppets Facebook page <<<click here
If you already have, THANKS!

2. ASK your friends to LIKE the Wump Mucket Puppets Facebook Page.  When they LIKE it they must leave a POST on the page’s wall that YOU sent them.
Example:  Hi this is Pete Puppet!  Marion Nette suggested that I should LIKE your page.

3. WIN!  We want to reach 1000 LIKES on our Facebook Page by December 31, 2014.  The more people you get to LIKE our page, the better chances YOU have of winning these GREAT PRIZES!

Our 2014 contest is open to anyone, yet we can ONLY ship prizes to postal addresses in the USA.  Cast and crew of Wump Mucket Puppets and small rodents are not eligible.

Tallies of NEW referred likes to our page will be kept weekly and posted on our Facebook page.  Winners will be notified on January 1, 2015.  Prizes will be shipped within two weeks of notification.

GRAND PRIZE  Palisades Muppets Clifford collectable figure!

Winner is our FAN  who got the largest amount of their friends to like our page. THANKS!
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SECOND PRIZE Rose Art Sesame Street 35th Anniversary Game

Second place winner got the second most amount of their friends to like our page.

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THIRD PRIZE     Leap Year Muppets 500 pc. Puzzle

Third place winner got the third most amount of their friends to like our page.
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Each of these FAN-tastic prizes are from Terrence Burke’s personal collection of fun stuff, and have NEVER BEEN OPENED!

WAIT THERE’S MORE!
Each winner will also receive a Wump Mucket Puppets Pack O’ Fun, which includes a postcard, a bumper sticker, and five badges with our cast smiling at you!
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So go out and get your friends to become our FANS and YOU CAN WIN!  Our fans know that PUPPETS ROCK!

Puppeteer brainstorming

Puppeteer brainstorming

I really am fortunate to live in a city where there are several very talented puppeteers. This evening I had the pleasure to hang out with my neighbor and friend Jesse Mooney-Bullock of Bullooney PuppetWorks.

It was great to “talk shop” about new puppets, show ideas, puppetry festivals, and our families.  Like many creative people, it’s easier to express yourself to another artist who knows both the joy and the pain of being a solo artist. 
Please take a look at his work at: Bullooney PuppetWorks

Talking about puppets

What is it about puppetry that I love so much?  Terrence Burke talking with students at Compass School Mason, Ohio

Is it seeing my doodles and sketches climb out of my sketchbook and onto the puppet stage?  Maybe it’s hearing the audience laugh and applaud at the silly songs that I write and sing?  I do look forward to meeting folks after the show and have them chat a little with the puppets.  Honestly I love to do all of these things, and my time as a puppeteer would not be the same without the production, performance, and interaction with the audience.  Puppetry has so many great things going for it, I could talk about it for days!

It seems some folks have heard me mention this, and want to hear more!  Don’t get me wrong, I love to perform my puppet characters quite a bit.  Yet if a group or school would like me to yack a bit about my love of puppets, I am on my way!

Later this month I have been invited to speak to the members of the Cincinnati Woman’s Connection during their monthly luncheon.  I look forward to sharing my story with them, and perhaps make a few new friends for the Wump Mucket Puppets.  I hope they know how big an appetite Coleman has!  Maybe I had better bring a snack for him?

This all began when I was invited to talk to a class at the Compass School in Mason Ohio last September.  The students where told to select someone that they would like to meet, and they chose a puppeteer – ME!  With some help from their teacher of course.  Since then I have also been invited to lecture about puppetry at the Ohio Entertainer’s Camp, that was organized my my puppeteer pal Bob Abdou in Columbus, Ohio this past Spring.  It was a BLAST!

Here’s a photo of Bob and I during the pie fight:

Terrence Burke and Bob Abdou

Terrence Burke and Bob Abdou

If your class, group, or organization would like to learn more about my friendly tale of becoming a puppeteer, feel free to contact me.  I love to chat about puppets!

Summer 2013 is rolling!

My goodess June is nearly over and Summer 2013 is in full swing at Wump Mucket Puppets.
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So far this summer we have brought our fun to a couple of Cincinnati’s excellent libraries, returned to Summerfair, and made our debut on the stage at Smale Riverfront Park’s “Family Summer Fun” series. It was great to see so many happy faces in the audience at all of our shows. Knowing that I can make you smile makes me happy.
July will be our busiest month EVER! We hope to see some of our old pals, and make some new friends as the Wump Mucket Puppets rock their little puppet show around Great Cincinnati.
Thank you for being a part of the fun!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day G'Wazzl
My mother (Hi Mum!) was my first “audience” many, many years ago.  I learned how to spell the word “puppet” with her help. She helped me make a guitar out of cardboard so I could “play along” with my Banana Splits record…  a million times! She was the one who enrolled me in a puppetry class at the YMCA, and encouraged me to display the stop-motion animation figures that I made at our local library. Some how she agreed to allow me to make a plaster cast of her face (while breathing through a straw) so I could create latex prosthetic make-up appliances.

My wife Lara is very much the “mother” of our puppet characters. She helps refine my sketches and doodles of characters, then uses her many creative skills to make the puppets jump off the page and onto the puppet stage. Lara’s ideas and input help make Wump Mucket Puppets the family puppet troupe that we are. Whether it’s puppet building, script tweaking, or suggesting a theme for a song, Lara’s is very much a part of the Wump Mucket Puppets world.

Finally, thanks to all the moms who bring our young fans to see our shows. We really appreciate that you choose Wump Mucket Puppets to entertain your children.

Thoughts of Boston

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It is never easy to deal with headlines these days.  It is even harder when it’s about someone you may know, or a place you are familiar with.  Especially when it’s your hometown.  I was born in Boston, grew up in the suburbs, then moved back to the city as a young man.

The tragic events at the Boston Marathon this week, the people who have lost their lives, or have been seriously injured, have all been in my thoughts.  I have difficulty understanding the reasoning for inflicting such pain, especially during a sporting event that brings pride to the city of Boston.  Why did this happen?

How does this tie in with my puppetry?  Boston is a part of me, I am a part of that city.  My childhood memories of attending a puppetry festival in Boston with my father, or watching classic Boston kid’s TV shows “Boomtown” and “Major Mudd” are certainly a part of my inspiration to create fun puppet shows for families today.

Tomorrow the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild will present our National Day of Puppetry celebration.  While puppeteers can not solve this horrible act of violence, we can offer something that our world could certainly use more of these days, and that is joy.

I hope that you will join us.

We ROCKED June 2012!

 

My goodness, what a month June has been for our little puppet troupe.  We performed seven shows to HUNDREDS of smiling faces, made our radio debut on WVXU, and even performed our first “Living Room” puppet show.  Wow!

Wump Mucket Puppets with some young fans at Taft Museum of ArtEver wonder what we use to bring our silliness to the puppet stage?  Let’s review some of our “supplies” in June:

  • 2 bags of Honey Lemon Ricola – the puppeteer “lives” on these things
  • 14 Constant Comment Green Tea bags
  • 327 Wump Mucket Puppets coloring sheets
  • 2 rolls of red duct tape
  • 1 tank of gas for the Wump Mucket Mobile
  • 7 Thank You cards with 7 postage stamps

G'Wazzl with his jar of Play-Doh  -  Wump Mucket PuppetsOh, how could we forget?  One (empty) jar of Play-Doh!

Thank you to everyone who came to see us in June, and to the kind folks who booked our show.  We had a wonderful time and hope to see you again.  Come see us in July!

 

 

Wump Mucket Puppets ROCKS the Taft Museum of Art

Short and sweet blog tonight since I am tuckered out.  Rockin’ puppets is hard work, honest.  Our two performances at the Taft Museum of Art were wonderful!  We had 108 people come and see us, which may be a record for this little puppet troupe.

Everything about today’s shows was great.  The audience, the Taft’s staff, and even The Reds helped by sweeping The Mets!  What was really special is that it was on Father’s Day.  My Dad was very supportive of my interest in puppetry as a child, and to pay tribute to him I had Coleman perform a new tune titled “For Dad”.  I hope that in some way he heard it.

In addition to the shows, my interview aired on Cincinnati’s NPR radio station WVXU 91.7 FM.  My puppets really are popping up all over the town!  A heartfelt thank you to everyone who came to see the shows today, we hope that you’ll come see us again real soon.

Terrence Burke and Cyril the Sea Serpent at the Taft Museum of Art

 

 

Yes! We’re still kickin’!

I know it’s been weeks since I have shared anything with our wonderful fans.  I am sorry.  Life outside the puppet booth has been a bit bumpy.  Yet let’s not talk about that.

Wump Mucket Puppets are planning several shows that we are in the process of ironing out the details.  Keep an eye on our SHOWS page for updates.

We also have a new video for artist Andy Finkle in the planning stages.  Andy is the very talented guy who painted this FAB portrait of our orange alien pal G’Wazzl.

Andy Finkle G'Wazzl painting

Take a peek at his webpage at www.andyfinkle.com

Thanks for hanging in there for us gang.  I promise to let you know about all the cool stuff we have cooking for Wump Mucket Puppets in 2012!