Residencies

Available locally or on the road.

 Residencies can last anywhere from 2-5 days and can include performances as well as workshops in the creation and manipulation of hand puppets, shadow puppets, rod puppets, or simple marionettes. The puppeteers draw on their 30 plus years of experience to teach puppet-making and performance techniques that are accessible, cost-effective, fun and foolproof.

Here's what you can get out of a residency:

  • Be part of a professional puppet performance!
  • Learn how to make and manipulate your own puppet!
  • Learn how to write an effective puppet script!
  • Learn how to add music and sound effects to a show!
  • Learn history through puppetry!
  • Build excitement, build community, have fun while learning!

Currently, grant funding is available to cut the price of Don Quixote, Immigrant Stew at the Chat 'n'Chew, John Brown's Journey, Escape to Freedom, and Portraits of the Prairie!

Participatory Puppet Residencies

Five Suns of the Aztecs

FIVE SUNS OF THE AZTECS is a bilingual show based on Aztec creation myths. It uses beautifully painted articulated flat figures, flowing silk, and live music to tell dramatic stories about the creation of the world: the sun, mountains, rivers, rain, flowers, and creatures. The Aztec gods Quetzlcoatl and Tezcatlipoca discover that everything goes smoothly when they work together instead...

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Five Suns of the Aztecs

Don Quixote

Don Quixote, featuring a cast of beautifully crafted rod puppets and shadow puppets, is adapted from a book written by Miguel Cervantes in the 1600’s and considered to be the first modern novel. It tells the dramatic story of a scholarly older gentleman so obsessed with stories of knights and their adventures that he decides to become a knight himself and right...

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Curriculum Connections:
  • World Literature
  • History
  • Music
  • Art
  • Drama

Don Quixote

Immigrant Stew at the Chat n' Chew

IMMIGRANT STEW AT THE CHAT ‘N’ CHEW is humorous, touching, and quite timely as we welcome immigrants into the rural Midwest. Cathy Schmidt-McGillicutty, played by Monica Leo, is the proprietress of the local cafe, the Chat ‘N’ Chew. She’s upset because her daughter wants to marry a member of a Mexican immigrant family.

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Curriculum Connections:

 

  • Social Studies
  • History
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music

Immigrant Stew at the Chat n' Chew

John Brown's Journey

JOHN BROWNʼS JOURNEY is a dramatic retelling of actual events that happened in the southern half of Iowa and in Kansas in 1858 and 1859.  Hannah Miller, played by Monica Leo, is the fictional owner of the local cafe, the Travelerʼs Rest, a cafe that actually existed in Springdale and was frequented by John Brown.

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Age group: 9 through 90
Curriculum Connections:
  • Social Studies
  • History
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music

John Brown's Journey

The Flea

The Flea is a melding of two Spanish-American folktales, one about a race between a donkey and a family of frogs and one about a goat herder named Pedro who enlists the help of an ant, a cockroach and a mouse to win a contest and achieve his dream of joining a band.

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Curriculum Connections:
  • Latino culture
  • World literature
  • Spanish language
  • Folklore
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama

The Flea

Portraits of the Prairie

PORTRAITS OF THE PRAIRIE, written by Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander, is a series of tableaus showing the history of the land from native prairie through early settlers and small farms, through large agriculture, and back to reconstructed prairie. They’re presented through the eyes of Pierre, a wacky painter and his friend, a sassy Iowa squirrel.

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Curriculum Connections:
  • Prairie history
  • Ecology
  • Art history
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama

Portraits of the Prairie

Escape to Freedom: Underground Railroad History Through Shadow Puppets

This 5 day curriculum infused residency teaches Iowa Underground Railroad History through shadow puppetry. Each of four classes develops two scenes, making their own puppets to depict incidents that occurred in Iowa between 1856 and 1859. At the end of the week, the eight scenes are performed chronologically, giving the audience a nutshell history of the period.

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Curriculum Connections:
  • Iowa history
  • African American studies
  • Art
  • Drama

Escape to Freedom: Underground Railroad History Through Shadow Puppets

Giant Parade Puppets

Giant puppets can make a big splash in your local parade or festival.  Creating them is a fun, community-building activity for all ages.  If your community has a parade, a festival, or a special event, get your hands messy with papier maché! Wow the spectators! Hire the Eulenspiegel Puppeteers to help a local group build giant puppets around the theme...

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Giant Parade Puppets

Design Your Own Residency

Typical residencies last from 2 to 5 days and can include 1 or 2 puppeteers and/or a musician!  You can choose from the following activities to design the perfect residency for your school or organization:

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Design Your Own Residency
Eulenspiegel Puppets

Hiring information

Contact us:

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