Wump Mucket Puppets puppet show faq

Puppet Show FAQ

How can I book your puppet show?

You can book us through our Contact Form.  Be certain to include the date and time you are interested in.  We will get back to you with our availability.

What do your puppet shows cost?

Our puppet shows start at $275   Effective August 1, 2018

Do you offer discounts for multiple bookings?

We can discount shows booked on the same calendar date, at the same venue, or in the same general area.

Do you charge a travel fee?

Yes, this will be calculated at the time of booking the show.

Do you require a deposit?

New clients may be required to pay a $75 non-refundable deposit when booking.   All birthday party/private home performances are required to make this deposit.   We do not accept personal checks.   Booking agencies/Talents agents, please contact us to arrange full payment in advance.

How do I pay for your puppet shows?   

We can invoice business clients (libraries, schools, museums, etc) and accept checks at the end of the performance.  We are also able to accept credit cards when needed.  For birthday party/private home performances we request to be paid in cash at the end of the show.

Do you have insurance?

Yes, we carry a $1 million liability insurance policy through Specialty Insurance Agency.

Do you perform outside?

We do not perform outside due to the unpredictability of the weather (heat/wind/rain).  

How long does it take to set up the puppet show, and take down the puppet show?

It takes 60 minutes to unload our vehicle and set up the puppet stage and sound system for the performance.   After the show, we will need 45 minutes to pack everything up and load our vehicle.   Please allow a total of three hours for the program.

How long are your puppet shows?

Each puppet show runs approximately 30-minutes, which we find is an ideal length for children.  Our performance includes an introduction/warm up, the puppet show, we close with a meet and greet session with the puppeteer and a puppet or two.  The entire program is 60-minutes.

Do you bring your own puppet stage and sound system?

Yes, we travel with everything we need to perform the show including our puppet stage and professional sound system.

Is there anything that I will need to provide you with?

We will need access to an electrical outlet, a six-foot table and an adult size chair (for the meet and greet session).  More specific details will be provided in our technical rider that will be included with your contract at the time of booking our show.

How much room will you need to set-up your puppet stage and sound system?

We request a flat floor space that is 10 feet wide and 7 feet deep.  Our puppet stage footprint is 9’x7′.  We are able to work in nearly any space that you have available.  We have performed in rooms of all shapes and sizes.

Where do you perform your puppet shows?

We primarily perform at libraries, schools, museums, daycare centers, as well as private functions.

Can you perform a puppet show using a popular children’s TV show character?

We do not perform other company’s characters or stories.  

Are your puppet shows interactive?

Yes, our puppet shows encourage audience participation, even dancing sometimes.

What ages are your puppet shows written for?

Our puppet shows are most enjoyed by children ages 3-10 years old.  Our performances are appropriate for all ages and include humor that is enjoyed by everyone.  We have performed for preschool children to senior centers.

Who builds your puppets?

All of our puppet stars are handcrafted by Terrence Burke and Lara Rumizen at our workshop in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Who writes the stories and songs performed in your puppet shows?

All of the stories and songs that the Wump Mucket Puppets perform are written by Terrence Burke.

Who performs your puppet shows?

Our puppet shows are performed by puppeteer Terrence Burke.

Where can I see you perform?  

We are a touring puppet company and perform both for public and private audiences.   Our public performances are listed on our calendar page.  We hope that you will join us.

Did I see you and your puppets on TV?

You certainly did!  We have made many guest appearances on regional TV programs, and have been featured on PBS too!   

Watch some of our videos here.