Let the summer 2017 touring season begin!

Let the summer 2017 touring season begin!

Summer is the busiest time of year for “road warrior” puppeteers, and children’s entertainers. We pack our vehicles with sound equipment, props, and puppets to travel the highways and back roads of America, sharing joy and with children.

For many of these kids, these shows are their first exposure to live theatre/performance art. I love hearing their small voices, as they enter the libraries, looking at my stage with anticipation and chattering, “It’s a puppet show, a puppet show!”

During the show, I can hear them talking to my puppet cast, responding to jokes, or giggling to the silliness on stage. The magic is working. The children are not looking at pieces of foam, fleece, or paper mache. They have entered the world of my imagination, populated by a Sea Serpent, a Sasquatch, and their fellow cast members. For the next thirty minutes, my young audience has temporarily left any worries of the real world behind. Their reward? A giggle, a song or two, and a happy memory of the day that they went to the library to see a puppet show. This memory is a treasure that they will keep forever.

Share joy!

Come see Wump Mucket Puppets this summer. Tour dates; www.WumpMucketPuppets.com/shows

 

 

Bee Happy coloring page by Mark Neeley

Bee Happy coloring page by Mark Neeley

We are thrilled to share this exclusive coloring page drawn by Cincinnati author/illustrator Mark Neeley:  (click on image and print out)

Bee Happy coloring page Mark Neeley

Mark has been a friend of ours for several years and we are honored by his wonderfully playful art of the Wump Mucket Puppets.   Please visit his website www.MarkNeeley.com to learn more about his books and art projects.

Be sure to share your finished coloring page on our Facebook page too!

Puppets on CET Cincinnati PBS TV!

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Wump Mucket Puppets are very proud to be a part of the 2017 season premiere of The Art Show on CET Public Television  Cincinnati’s PBS TV station.  Here is the entire program, we are the first segment.  Thanks to producer Don Hancock and his entire production team for producing such a wonderful program that feature artists.  Please help support your local PBS station if you are able.

The entire production process was nothing short of fantastic, everyone involved are among the best in their fields.  I also wish to thank the staff of The Taft Museum for all of their help while the television crew shot my performance for use in the program.

Thanks for watching everyone.

Notes from the Road June 2015

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Summertime is puppet time!  Here are a collection of thoughts, observations, and special moments in my adventures over the Summer of 2015 as a touring puppeteer.  Here are my notes from the road for June 2015.

 

June 1, 2015 Monday 

Performed at Ronald McDonald House Cincinnati

Today I performed with my daughter Eleanor at the Ronald McDonald House.   I have been donating performances there four years now.  Every show brings joy to children and families that need laughter and silliness in their lives.
 Wump Mucket Puppets at at Ronald McDonald House Cincinnati  June 2015 Notes from the Road June 2015

We had six to seven families in the theatre and we used the house lights to brighten up our stage, it looks great!  Eleanor had never seen the stage with lights on the scrim.

Our Unka and Little Rock bit get’s big laughs as usual, and we can see families gathered on the second floor balcony watching our show.  The puppets love a big audience!

G’Wizzl makes her first public appearance at the end of the show, and is brought on stage by Eleanor.  The young girls in the audience are very interested in our new girl alien character.  This is very special, since it was Eleanor who had suggested that we create her.  While Eleanor is not ready to perform a speaking character just yet, she continues to show interest.
Wump Mucket P uppets GWizzl and Eleanor at Ronald McDonald House Cincinnati Notes from the Road June 2015

I accidentally bump my left thumb, which was crunched at a show on May 15th.  OUCH!

Our post-show meet & greet is a magical time.  We took a few photos with the families who enjoyed the show, passed out coloring pages, and chatted with the children.  Cyril and Coleman met with a little girl named Molly and sing “Please and Thank You” for her.  They then joined her in singing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”
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Magic happened on this night.

 

June 4, 2015 Thursday

Performed at Little Red School House Greendale, IN
Wump Mucket Puppets  Terrence Burke and G'Wizzl outside Little Red School House June 2015 Notes from the Road June 2015

This was our second performance at this school this year!  I love happy clients!  We always have an excellent audience in Greendale, Indiana.

While loading in, two little girls were peeking out of a classroom and said, “Hi puppets!”.  Today was the intergalactic premiere of our newest skit “Super Space Princess and the Pirates from Zwonk”!

Coleman can ramble (or is that his puppeteer?) and went on about crazy picnic food.  This got sillier when he almost got Cyril with suggesting that he bring potato chips with his picnic lunch.  Cy was expecting a crazy Sasquatch recipe, it got laughs along with a silly joke about ants.  My son Tiernan provided a knock-knock joke about candy, which also brought laughter from the children.
Wump Mucket Puppets at Little Red School House Greendale Indiana Notes from the Road June 2015

The segment changes were a little bumpy and need to flow more.  This will happen as the show rolls along.

The Super Space Princess skit goes well, and the audience really likes G’Wizzl.  We have a new star in the cast!  Out first girl puppet!!!

The meet and greet is great!  The children, ages 4-8, are very interested in my puppets and ask great questions about design, voice characterization, and puppet construction.  About ten kids hang around to look backstage, see the props, puppets, etc.  One little girl asks where my daughter is?  I guess she’s seen us perform together elsewhere, since Eleanor has not performed at this school.

While packing the gear into my car, several children run up to the fence that encloses the playground and shout, “Bye puppet guy!”

 

To Be Continued…

FUNday Monday # 6 is here!

FUNday Monday # 6 is here!

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Wow!
We are on a roll, or Coleman just has TOO MANY silly jokes!
Here’s this week’s video with one of our puppeteers out in front of the camera… Eleanor!

Help us make every Monday a FUN day! Share our silly little video with a friend and put a smile on their face.

Got a family friendly joke or riddle that you would like Coleman the Sasquatch to tell? We’d love to hear it! Go to our Contact page, or send it to us on the Wump Mucket Puppets Facebook page