Great Plains Puppet Train!
The Puppet Train is rolling into West Liberty again this September! For the third time, Puppeteers of America has asked Eulenspiegel to host the Great Plains Regional Puppetry Festival. We'll have 13 shows, numerous workshops, a guest puppet troupe from Kenya, a puppetry store and exhibit, and a Puppet Slam for teens and adults! You'll see up to 100 puppeteers from all over the country. Workshops and shows will be held all over town and all will be open to the public.
April 11, 2021: An exciting new community show!
It’s time to produce another community puppet show!
Each year—pre-pandemic—Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre has produced a show that’s performed by the Eulenspiegel crew along with a group of community members, adults and older kids. It’s a barrel of fun and a great participatory learning experience! This year we’re creating Remembering Buxton, a show about the unique southern Iowa town of Buxton, a coal-mining town established in 1900 where Blacks and whites were treated equally and Black Americans were leaders in the community.
Remembering Buxton looks at the town through the eyes of Anna Williams, a fictional white schoolteacher with a diverse student body and an African American husband and friends. We learn about the integrated schools, neighborhoods, coal mine, YMCA, and company store. We witness the dramatic fire that burned down the Y and attend an event featuring Booker T Washington. We listen to the Buxton brass band.
Puppeteers Monica Leo and Stephanie Vallez are collaborating with historian and author Rachelle Chase of Uniting Through History, a non-profit organization based in Ottumwa, and Dartanyan Brown, a highly regarded African American musician from Des Moines, to create this compelling show.
Eulenspiegel Puppets performs a brand new show featuring the fun adventures animals had while humans limited their community contacts. Based on true stories of animal antics during the pandemic, with a lot of imagination thrown in.
Eulenspiegel Puppets presents a new adaptation of The Bremen Town Musicians, a beloved Grimm’s fairy tale! In this version, Till Eulenspiegel’s donkey retires and makes common cause with a bluesy hound, a rockin’ rooster, and a jazzy cat.
Who will win the big election for Leader of the Beasts? Will it be Benny P. (for Progress) Beaver or Terry E.
Listen to Prokofief's beloved music as you watch Peter outsmart the wolf! Eulenspiegel Puppets use beautifully crafted large tabletop puppets and rod puppets to tell this classic tale of a young boy, his grandfather, his pets, and the creatures that live in the meadow and the forest.