What age groups are your shows for?
Our shows are entertaining for all ages – from toddler to 80 and beyond. Though we’ve discovered that most boys from 10-20 think they are “too old” for puppets. Even though we gear our shows for kids, we do our best to make them entertaining for adults too.
How much space do you need to set up your stage?
We require a space of at least 6×8 feet to set up our portable stage. It takes us about 40 minutes to set up and prepare for a show. It takes about 20 minutes to break down.
Can you perform outside?
We can perform outside if we can set up underneath an awning or roof. We also would like some sort of wall behind the stage to protect the puppeteers from visitors from trying to get into the stage. If we have to cancel due to wind or rain, there will be no charge to you. Sorry, due to logistics, we are unable to perform at parks. Usually we can’t set up under a roof to protect us from the rain. And the back of the stage is unprotected from “visitors” trying to crawl in with the puppeteers. Contact us for more information.
How long are your shows?
Our “stock” shows are around 20 minutes. Included in the $95 show kids can talk to the puppets and ask questions after the show. Kids love to talk to puppets. We also will hang around as long as necessary for everyone to have their photo op with the puppets.
Can you create a custom puppet show?
Yes, we can create a puppet show to go with your theme of the party. Due to legalities, we are unable to do any show using “licensed” puppets or music. For example, we can’t do a show using Elmo, but we can talk about him and make references. There is an extra charge to create your custom show, please contact us for more information.
You have live music?
Yes, one of us loves to play the ukulele.
Who are your puppeteers?
Our puppeteers are seasoned puppeteers and are able to improvise if necessary which makes our shows creative and engaging. They also love to interact with the kids. They enjoy the audience participation. Our shows are family friendly.
Do you wear mics?
No, we aren’t amplified. We are more of an intimate puppet troupe and prefer to be close to our audience so that we can interact with the kids. If the setting is a large room, we’d like to be put in a corner so we can be within hearing range of our audience.
Can you perform for longer than 20-30 minutes?
Yes, we have been known to be able to perform for three hours straight for special occasions. This works best at an event where the crowd is constantly changing or you need entertainment between the main shows. Please contact us for more information and pricing.
Do you perform for schools?
We love schools! Most kids through the 2nd grade are still infatuated with puppets. Even older kids enjoy them but won’t admit it because it isn’t “cool.” We can perform in the individual classroom or in the corner of a larger room so that we can be heard by the audience. Also we like audience participation with the kids, so we’d like to be able to hear responses and questions. We offer a discount to schools.
What are the best ages for a puppet making party?
Even though any age can make a puppet with the help of someone older, puppet making parties are perfect for kids 4 and up. Most boys around 10 – 20 years old think they are too “old” to make puppets. Girls up to 12 or 13 enjoy making puppets. There are always exceptions to these guidelines. We always encourage parents, teachers, grandparents, guardians to make a puppet also. Even adult men love to make puppets!
What types of puppets are available?
We bring blank hand puppets in the shape of gingerbread men in an array of colors. Kids can decorate the puppets in any way they desire. We also provide new socks if someone wants to make a sock puppet. The gingerbread hand puppet doesn’t have a mouth to talk, but it does have arms. The sock puppet doesn’t have arms, but it does have a mouth to talk. We let the kids decide which puppet they want to make. We encourage kids to let their imaginations run wild since much of their lives are structured. Sometimes younger kids haven’t developed the dexterity to operate a sock puppet. They don’t quite get the hang of opening and closing their fingers. In that case, it is best for them to make the “gingerbread” man style of hand puppet.
Why should I hire you when I can buy socks and supplies?
You don’t have to run all over town looking for doodads and goo-gahs. You don’t have to look for socks. You don’t have to spend hours shopping and sewing the blank gingerbread men hand puppet. You don’t have to organize and set up the puppet making stuff. You don’t have to buy glue guns. You don’t have to clean up or put away the puppet making stuff. We bring plastic tablecloths to protect your tables. Most importantly, you can relax and make a puppet of your own to play together.
What type of glue do you use?
We use glue guns and only adults operate the glue guns. We have experimented with all types of glue and have discovered the glue gun is best because kids always want to play with their puppet immediately. Using a glue gun means we don’t have to wait for glue to dry.
How long does it take for the whole party?
It takes us about 15 minutes to set up and another 15 to clean up. It usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour for all puppets to be made. It depends on the individual personality of the kids. Girls usually spend more time making their puppets.
What do I need to do?
We bring a card table to use as a gluing table. We also bring folding chairs for our “glu-ers” to sit on. You provide tables and chairs for the puppet makers. We bring plastic tablecloths to protect your tables. We have extension cords, you supply the electricity.
What are your charges?
Pricing starts at $120 for up to five kids. $5 extra for each additional kid over five kids. There is no charge for the adults at the party to make a puppet. We love to see the adults make their own puppet so they can play with their kids later.
Do you come to schools?
Yes! Puppet making is perfect for ages 4 and up. We are always amazed at how creative the kids are. Many students like to read to their puppets or have their puppets read to them. A perfect combination is for us to perform a puppet show and then the kids make their own puppets. After the puppets are made, the kids can then “perform” for their classmates and friends. Kids love it! We offer a discount for schools.