Performances 2012

The following performers appeared at the 2012 Puppet Homecoming:

National Marionette Theater : Peter and the Wolf

National Marionette Theater

Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf has enchanted audiences since its premier in 1936. Based on the original Russian Folktale, National Marionette Theatre’s version of the story features the beautiful music from Prokofiev’s orchestral score combined with stunning scenery and hand crafted marionettes. Set in turn of the century Russia, our production tells the story of how Peter, along with his animal friends captures the wolf.

National Marionette Theatre is one of the oldest continually running touring marionette theaters in the United States. Founded in 1967, this award-winning company has been entertaining and amazing audiences around the world for over forty years. The company specializes in adaptations of popular stories using marionettes as the performance medium. They travel with a fully self-contained theater complete with its own lighting and sound systems. The shows are suitable for family audiences of all ages.

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Nappy’s Puppets : Jack and The Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Nappy’s Puppets is dedicated to producing quality shadow theater performances that entertain and educate audiences about the range and scope of puppetry as an art form. This is accomplished in two ways: Performances: Nappy’s Puppets creates live theater that is engaging and demonstrates the importance of audience etiquette and participation. The Material presented is derived from children’s literature, traditional and modern music, and folk tales from around the world. Curricular tie-ins include storytelling, world cultures, history, creative writing and the performing arts.

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Flexitoon : An Evening with Flexitoon

An Evening with Flexitoon

Join Craig Marin and Olga Felgemacher, the puppet artists behind the award-winning TV series PINWHEEL, the Juke Box Band on SHINING TIME STATION, and the D.J. Kat Show, as well as commercials, film festivals and stages international, for a fun-filled trip through their eclectic life in puppetry (so far!) Videos, slides, conversation, and a display and demonstration of Flexitoon puppets and marionettes will combine to create a memorable night of multi-media magic!

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Nancy Sander : Rumplestiltskin

Nancy Sander

Nowadays we frown on women marrying greedy kings and selling their babies, so Sander gives this wonderful old tale a new twist.  Thinking her shaggy dog is a boy and can’t have puppies, Clementina strikes the deal. When the dog turns out to be a girl the tale unfolds.

Yes, you’re right: the writer of “Eureka!” You all know the column but not the performer.  Nancy Sander, from Cleveland, has been performing fast-action traditional hand puppet shows for forty-one years.  She received the Martin Stevens Award of Excellence. She was the principal puppeteer for the NBC children’s show, “Hickory Hideout,” winning an Emmy Award (special category) Sander is noted for a style rooted in Punch and Judy.

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Liz Joyce : The Princess, the Frog and the Pea

Liz Joyce

Combining three well-loved stories, the Princess, the Frog and the Pea delights audiences of all ages. A princess, a witch, an un-enchanted frog, a hoot owl and a neurotic pea who longs to be a hero are the stars of this mixed-up tale.

Liz Joyce, an accomplished puppeteer, writes, directs and performs a growing repertoire of works. In each of these productions she amuses and entertains but also inspires through the upbeat and positive life lessons inherent in these stories. Issues such as tolerance, self-esteem, compassion and charity are introduced to an enthusiastic crowd.

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Open Hand Theater : The Stonecutter

The Stonecutter

A gentle lesson from a beloved folk tale teaches about valuing one’s self. “The Stonecutter” is an engaging tale with roots in both Japanese and Indian folklore. Tashi, a lowly stonecutter, sees everyone else as having a better life. Wishing to be just like them, he learns many lessons. Visually striking like a beautifully illustrated children’s book, the show features three performers, live music, a wonderful array of puppets and a mountain range. Performed by Open Hand Theater, from Syracuse, NY.

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Deborah Costine : A Woodland Cinderella

Deborah Costine, Puppeteer!

In this new version of the classic story, Cinderella is a fairy who lives with her stepmother and stepsister in an enormous old tree in the forest. The King of all woodland fairies wants his son to marry a fairy princess, but none can be found. The Prince would like to marry someone who is kind and good. So, the King hosts a great ball and commands that every single fairy maiden in the land must attend. He is hoping that a fairy princess will come, and he knows the secret to identifying a true fairy princess!

Deborah Costine has been a professional puppeteer for over 35 years. She is a winner of a 2008 U.N.I.M.A.-USA Citation for Excellence.  Productions include: “A Woodland Cinderella,”  “Three Pigs and Other Tales;”  “The Twig Family in the Oak Tree” and her newest work: “Turtle’s New Home” for which she received partial funding from the Jim Henson Foundation. She is also co-founder of the well-known Gerwick Puppets.

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Carole D’agostino : The Hoarding Show

The Hoarding Show

This multi-puppet, one woman show, designed and performed by Carole D’Agostino, features three separate tales of hoarders including the story of the infamous Collyer Brothers told with intricate shadow puppets, a renter facing eviction depicted with miniatures, and an object theater satire that markets the positive aspects of hoarding.

Carole is a puppet performer and builder for television, film, and stage. Shows include: SeeMore’s Playhouse, Crank Yankers, Greg the Bunny, ImaginOcean, Avenue Q, Shrek! the Musical, Arias with a Twist, Weekly Daily News, and Funny or Die: Frank the Horse. She is a free lance puppet builder at the Jim Henson Creature Shop NYC. An excerpt from The Hoarding Show was shown at the Voice4Vision Puppet Festival in December 2011. Voted “Audience Favorite” at Puppet Co Playhouse in Glen Echo, MD.

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Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theater : Peter Rabbit Tales

Tuckers Tales - Peter Rabbit

The favorite of children the world over, Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit stories have been loved for generations. Now Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre brings them to life in an irresistible manner with colorful scenery and turn-of-the-century costumes for an unforgettable theater experience. Included are The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse, and The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theater is a Philadelphia area performing company founded in 1981. Co-directors Marianne and Tom Tucker have performed at puppet, folk, ethnic and street festivals; and at craft fairs, cultural centers, theaters, museums, libraries and schools around the country. Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre averages more than 230 performances and 20 workshop presentations each year. Audiences from small children to senior citizens have enjoyed the variety of styles skillfully displayed in their interesting programs. With their repertoire of 34 shows, Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre has performed in 27 states, Canada, the Caribbean and on several television programs. They have performed at two National and five Regional festivals, and conducted workshops at numerous festivals.

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Dave Herzog’s Marionettes : Puppet Soup!

David Herzog's Marionettes

Join Chef Wolfgang Von Puppenspiel as he cooks up a tasty batch of puppet soup. This deliciously delectable marionette variety show will feature a menu of performances by Carmen Ensalada a spicy South American dish, Chicago Red a fellow whose a real hot dogger on roller blades, Candy Delight a spun sugar treat on the flying trapeze, Kit N. Kaboodle in his never ending quest for the perfect piece of bread and butter, Lisel Und Günter Weiner Schnitzel the Oktober Fest Ompa Dancers, and many more. As always our signature character Wally the Basset Hound will be along to share in the fun as the boys and girls help him find his lost Bratwurst.

Dave Herzog has been involved in the art of puppetry since receiving a toy marionette from his father when he was four years old. As a full time professional puppeteer for 38 years Dave has performed thousands of shows in theaters, amusement parks, schools, and libraries nationwide. Well known to audiences throughout the Chicago land area, Dave is a popular guest at hundreds of schools, preschools, summer camps, libraries, fairs, and festivals each year. Dave has also been a frequent performer at Chicago’s world famous Navy Pier and is the creator of one of the Pier’s signature characters Fathom the Sea Serpent.

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Buried Alive! : Deborah Kauffman

Deborah Kauffman - Buried Alive!

A frightfully funny exploration of our fear of being buried alive, and the curious phenomenon of 19th Century “waiting mortuaries.” It is full of dreadful discoveries for a limited adult audience. Performed on a table top, constructed in and of matchboxes, images and characters slide out, slide through, pop up, and drop out of these tiny stages. Based on historical and medical facts, BURIED ALIVE is creatively anachronistic and plays with scale.

Deborah Kaufmann has delighted audiences in Europe, Australia, South and North America with original physical comedy and puppetry. As a founding member of Big Apple Circus Clown Care, she brings the joy of circus to hospitalized children. “Buried Alive! a matchbox theatre” was featured at “Lalka też Człowiek”, adult puppet festival in Warsaw Poland.

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