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  Freedom Star, The Amazing Adventures of Willy the Woolly, Appleseed!, and Sal Fink!

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!

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

Freedom Star; Gertie's Journey on the Underground Railroad

Freedom Star: Gertie's Journey on the Underground Railroad uses near lifesize 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

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

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

Uncle Rabbit's Adventures

 

Bring our new bilingual show, Uncle Rabbit's Adventures, to your community! 

Uncle Rabbit's Adventures uses large, beautifully crafted hand puppets and lots of fun props to tell the story of a wealthy land-owning goat who doesnʼt want to share with his neighbors.

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Age group: 4-94
Curriculum Connections:
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Nutrition
  • Plant science
  • Character Counts
  • Bilingual education
  • World Folklore

Uncle Rabbit's Adventures

Stories and Cuentos

Developed and performed by Monica Leo and Mexican puppeteer Eli Portugal, co-founder of Mojiganga Arte Escenico, this performance includes two classic Mexican animal tales. The Rabbit in the Moon, a well-known myth, gives a whimsical explanation for the shadows we see in the moon, while delighting audiences with the age old battle of wits between rabbit and coyote.

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Age group: 4-94
Curriculum Connections:
  • Spanish language
  • Mexican and World Folklore
  • Science
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama.

Stories and Cuentos

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

The Monkey and the Crocodile

An Ancient Tale from Asia!

The Monkey and the Crocodile is a delightful hand puppet show created and performed by Justin Cornett. Adapted from a tale in the Panchatantra, one of the earliest collections of fables written in India more than 2500 years ago, it features a tricky monkey, a good-natured crocodile, and his greedy wife.

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The Monkey and the Crocodile

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

Godmother Death and the Water of Life

 

Based on a story by the Brothers Grimm and incorporating Mexican Day of the Dead imagery and folklore, Godmother Death and the Water of Life uses beautifully crafted, soft-sculpted puppets and colorful scenes to tell this dramatic, life-affirming tale. The elaborately decorated staging is inspired by the altarpieces of the churches of Spanish colonial missions.

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Age group: 9-99
Curriculum Connections:
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Latino Folk traditions
  • World Folklore

Godmother Death and the Water of Life

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