Wump Mucket Puppets puppet show faq

Puppet Show FAQ

Questions about booking:

How can I book your puppet show?

Book us through our Contact Form.  Please 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 performance fee is $300.00

Do you offer discounts for multiple bookings?

Discounts are available on shows booked on the same calendar date, at the same venue, or in the same general area.

Do you charge a travel fee?

Yes, a round trip mileage fee is calculated  using the IRS Standard Mileage Rates of .575 cents per mile and will be included in the quote.   

Do you require a deposit?

New clients may be asked to make 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 business checks at the end of the performance.   We accept credit cards as well.  For birthday party/private home performances we request to be paid in cash at the end of the show.  Payment in full is due at the conclusion of the performance. 

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 90 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 load-in/program/strike & load-out.

How long are your puppet shows?

Each puppet show runs approximately 30-minutes, which we find is an ideal length for children and families.  Our performances include an introduction/warm up, the puppet show, and close with a meet and greet session with the puppeteer and a puppet available to have photos taken with.  The entire program is approximately 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 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 is 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 11 feet wide and 9 feet deep.  Our puppet stage footprint is 9′ x 7′.  We can 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.

Questions about our shows and puppets:

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

We do not perform other company’s licensed 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 4 – 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 citizens.

Who builds your puppets?

All of our original puppet characters are built 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?  

 Our public performances are listed on our calendar page.  We hope that you and your family will join us.

Did I see you and your puppets on TV?

You certainly did!  We make many guest appearances on regional TV programs, and have appeared on PBS too!   

Watch some of our videos here.