Eulenspiegel Shows

Old and New, Big and Small: Eulenspiegel Has Them All

 Shows for Families, Schools, Festivals, and Adult Audiences!

The Eulenspiegel Puppets are known for their performances of international folktales and regional historical fiction, many with live music.  The company also provides community performances YOU can participate in as well as special shows for older audiences!  If you wish to bring the troupe into your community, the puppeteers will help you select the best performance for you!

The Eulenspiegel Puppets have toured in 31 states and four other countries, at festivals and in schools, libraries, colleges, theaters, and community centers.

Currently, grant funding is available to cut the price of Shenanigans: Animals in Charge!, Kate Shelley's Train Rescue, The Big Election, Freedom Star, The Amazing Adventures of Willy the Woolly, Appleseed!, and Sal Fink!

Shenanigans: Animals in Charge!

Eulenspiegel Puppets performs a brand new show featuring the fun adventures animals are having while humans are limiting their community contacts. Based on true stories of animal antics during a pandemic, with a lot of imagination thrown in.

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Curriculum Connections:
  • Current Events
  • History
  • Folklore
  • Art 
  • Music
  • Drama

Shenanigans: Animals in Charge!

Bremen Town Musicians

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.

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Age group: 3-93
Curriculum Connections:
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Folk Literature
  • Aging
  • Teamwork
  • Danger from scammers

Bremen Town Musicians

The Big Election

Who will win the big election for Leader of the Beasts? Will it be Benny P. (for Progress) Beaver or Terry E.

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Age group: 5-95
Curriculum Connections:
  • Civics
  • Folklore
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama

 

The Big Election

Peter and the Wolf

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.

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Age group: 4-94
Curriculum Connections:
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Art
  • Social Studies
  • Folk Literature

Peter and the Wolf

Magical Fish and Mermaids

The Fisherman and his Wife is the ancient Grimm’s Fairy Tale of the magical fish who grants wishes until the beneficiaries become too greedy and too hungry for power.

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Age group: 5-95
Curriculum Connections:
  • Folklore
  • Science
  • History
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama

 

Magical Fish and Mermaids

Kate Shelley's Train Rescue

Kate Shelley’s Train Rescue tells the story of the Iowa teenager who, in 1881, saved the train from plunging to a watery death. Created and performed by puppeteer Stephanie Vallez, this exciting tale unfolds in the pages of two giant pop-up books peopled with paper puppets, masks, and rod marionettes and fun, low-tech special effects.

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Age group: 5-95
Curriculum Connections:
  • History
  • Women's Studies
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama

Kate Shelley's Train Rescue

The Musical Ant

Developed by Monica Leo and Eli Portugal, her late partner puppeteer from Mexico, The Musical Ant follows Hormiguita (liitle ant) as he learns to play the piano and brings peace to his ant colony through music. The production uses hand puppets, rod puppets, masked characters, and music and incorporates some Spanish along with the English text.

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The Musical Ant

The Amazing Adventures of Willy the Woolly

Eulenspiegel Puppets performs a delightful tale of the lovable mammoths who roamed the Iowa prairies 10,000 years ago! Follow Willy the young woolly mammoth and his friend Bonny the Bunny as they overcome the dangers of sinkholes and saber tooth tigers.  Learn about the Ice Age and the power of friendship.

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Age group: 4-94
Curriculum Connections:
  •  Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Drama, music
  • Character Counts
  • STUDY GUIDE PROVIDED

The Amazing Adventures of Willy the Woolly

Freedom Star; Gertie's Journey on the Underground Railroad

Freedom Star: Gertie's Journey on the Underground Railroad uses large handheld puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppets, and hand-dyed scenery to tell a dramatic and moving story, based on local history, of a young girl who escapes from a farm in Missouri and makes her way through Iowa on her way to freedom.

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Age group: 8-adult
Curriculum Connections:
  • History
  • Iowa History
  • Music
  • Art Drama
  • Character Counts

Freedom Star; Gertie's Journey on the Underground Railroad

Appleseed!

Eulenspiegel Puppets performs a brand new story about Johnny Appleseed's true adventures and his relationships with the settlers, the Native Americans, and the animals and plants around him.

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Age group: 5-95 (best for K-6)
Curriculum Connections:
  • History
  • Iowa History
  • Nature
  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Music
  • Theater

Appleseed!

Sal Fink, Catfish Wrangler

Eulenspiegel celebrates our rivers and prairies with tall tales starring Iowa folk heroine, Sal Fink, legendary daughter of Mike Fink, the mighty keel boatman. Sal tames a bear, wrestles a vicious snake, vanquishes a tornado, and plays with her pet pig, Suey. The production features live music, written and performed by Iowa musician Ron Hillis.

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Age group: 4-94
Curriculum Connections:
  • Tall tales
  • American Folklore
  • Science (river lore)
  • American history
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama.

Sal Fink, Catfish Wrangler

The Education of a Donkey

Written for Eulenspiegel by playwright Rebecca Gilman, this story is adapted from a tale first published in 1500.   It features the company’s namesake, Till Eulenspiegel, a stuffy University Rector, and a lovable donkey.  Full of wordplay, it follows Till as he tricks the Rector by teaching a donkey to read.

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Curriculum Connections:
  • Literacy
  • European folklore
  • World history
  • Comparative literature
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Character Counts
  • STUDY GUIDE PROVIDED

The Education of a Donkey

Little Red Riding Hood

Eulenspiegel's adaptation of this beloved Grimms fairy tale uses delightfully crafted miniature Bohemian marionettes created by puppeteer Monica Leo. The set is an extra-large pop-up storybook also designed and created by Leo. The script, laced with wit and whimsy, was written by puppeteer Teri Jean Breitbach. The production was directed by well-known director Michael Sokoloff.

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Age group: 4-94
Curriculum Connections:
  • European folklore
  • Comparative literature
  • Art
  • Drama
  • STUDY GUIDE PROVIDED

Little Red Riding Hood

The Snow Queen

Eulenspiegel's adaptation of this beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale uses delightfully crafted miniature Bohemian marionettes that interact on the pages of two extra-large pop-up storybooks. The story follows Gerda as she travels to the ends of the earth to save her best friend, Kai, from the Snow Queen.

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Age group: 4-94
Curriculum Connections:
  • Character Counts (esp. Responsibility, Trustworthiness, and Caring)
  • Folk and Fairy Tales
  • Victorian Literature
  • Girl Power (Feminist Studies)
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama

The Snow Queen

In the Mirror: Three Tales From Asia

A set of three tales from Korea, Japan and Turkey, these stories all feature atypical heroes. A favorite is the little old lady outsmarting two Onis (Japanese trolls) who imprison her in order to sample her delicious cooking. The show uses a clever stage that rises and folds out of a decorated box.

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Age group: 4-94
Curriculum Connections:
  • European folklore
  • Comparative literature
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Character Counts
  • STUDY GUIDE PROVIDED

In the Mirror: Three Tales From Asia

A Magical Winter's Night

Cece is a little girl with a vivid imagination.   She loves to play in the woods with her pets, Pansy the cat and Lander the gander.   This is the story of Cece’s adventures, of
the creatures, real and imagined, that she confronts in the woods, of the changing
seasons, and of a very special Christmas Eve.

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Age group: 3-93

A Magical Winter's Night

Girls On The Roof

 

Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander's new book of poetry is one long narrative poem about a mother and daughter stuck on top of the roof of a cafe on the banks of the Mississippi River for three days during the 1993 flood.

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Age group: adult

Girls On The Roof

Finding Home

 

Finding Home is a trilogy of pieces, poignant, joyful, and humorous, about puppeteer Monica Leo’s parents and their immigration experiences. The first piece, My Father’s Imaginary Friend, uses candlelight and shadows to interpret the story of her father’s hope and survival during his incarceration in a concentration camp.

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Age group: 12-adult

Finding Home

Play to Play (or Hold Your Puppet Up!)

 

Play to Play (or Hold your Puppet Up!) is a touching and humorous glimpse into the private lives of the puppets and puppeteers created and performed by Monica Leo.

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Age group: 12 through adult

Play to Play (or Hold Your Puppet Up!)
Eulenspiegel Puppets

Hiring information

Contact us:

(319)-627-2487
monica@puppetspuppets.com
319 N. Calhoun St.
West Liberty, IA