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 are rostered artists on the Iowa Arts Council's performing and educational rosters and are approved through the Character Counts! Through the Arts! program.

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

The Adventures of Great Rabbit

Based on an Algonquin tale about Mahtegwis, the rabbit trickster, this Eulenspiegel favorite tells how Bobcat got his stumpy tale. The puppet theatre uses witty, fast-paced dialogue and highly mobile shadow puppets in a cleverly designed, colorful stage that mimics the unending saga of cat chasing rabbit. The expressive silhouette theater is enhanced with jewel-like accent colors.

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Age group: 4-94
Curriculum Connections:
  • Native American Folklore
  • Science (light and shadow)
  • American history
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama.

The Adventures of Great Rabbit

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

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

Eulenspiegel's Circus

In EULENSPIEGEL’S CIRCUS, a joyous fantasy featuring tabletop puppets, a kazoo band, and lots of silly business, Till Eulenspiegel, the troupe’s namesake, is celebrating his 10th birthday. His mother, Millie, gives him a mysterious box. He must unlock the secret of the box and find his path in life.

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Age group: preschool-3rd grade (fun for adults and older kids, too!)
Curriculum Connections:
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Folk Literature
  • Social Studies (Family Traditions)

Eulenspiegel's Circus

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.  Along her way she meets a host of eccentric characters from...

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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 Japan and Turkey, these stories all feature atypical heroes. A favorite is the little old lady outsmarting two Oni (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
Eulenspiegel Puppets

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