Outreach: Popo Puppeteers

It really all started with Popo Puppeteers! In 1970, Bonnie Orgren approached me (Monica) at an art fair where I was selling puppets and asked if I’d help her direct a kid’s puppet troupe at the Iowa City Library. For several years (first with Bonnie; then with Deanne Wortman; then with Teri Jean), our young troupe made puppets, rehearsed, and performed at the old Carnegie Library as often as once a month. We adapted fairy tales and children’s books, sometimes with political overtones (I’ll never forget the group that made the Wizard of Od puppet look suspiciously like Richard Nixon!).

Popo Puppeteers Bonnie Orgren & Monica with sons Alex Orgren & John Jenks