Category Archives: Puppetry

Diggity Dog Days

Dates: Fri-Sun, July 12-14, 2019 (Fri-Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 2:00pm)
Tickets: $15
Age Recommendation: Ages 10+
Duration: 1 hr., no intermission

MPR Art Hounds: A dog’s tale of love and grief

Diggity Dog Days                                              Photo: Bruce Silcox
a puppet show about an irrepressible dog and his aging owner
created and performed solo by Margo McCreary
with live music and original songs composed by Marya Hart,
and drums and percussion by Bruce Wintervold
directed by Zaraawar Mistry

When changes in his aging owner’s life begin to affect his everyday routine, Jack the dog responds doggedly, causing confusion and distress for all. An unexpected adventure to the dog park threatens to only make matters worse, but a brood of neighborly urban chickens intervenes to save the day! Set to a jazzy score with lively original songs, Diggity Dog Days is a paw-lickin’ good frolic on heartache and hope.

Diggity Dog Days premiered at Dreamland Arts in 2011. It has been presented with a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour Grant in 2012 at such locations as The Regional Cultural Arts Center in New York Mills, MN, The Playground in Duluth, MN and The Dreamery in Wykoff, MN and will be seen at the 2019 National Puppetry Festival in Minneapolis.

Margo McCreary is a Twin Cities puppeteer. She started with “In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre” back in the 70’s. Independent since 1980, Margo performs original puppet shows and teaches puppetry as an artist/ educator. She has been fortunate to collaborate with other talented directors, performers musicians and technicians for the past 35 years.

Movement grabs me. I am practiced in the world of bringing objects to life with movement, voice, and spark of spirit in the moment. I believe that my creations mirror the generosity of life, and, as an artist, it is this that I want to share with others. My work can be edgy and humorous, but I consider it compost for our earthy spirits!” – Margo McCreary

The Stuffed Animal WINTER Show

Date: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
Run Time: 45 minutes
Age Requirement: Ages 3+
Tickets: $7 (stuffed animals get in for free)

The Stuffed Animal WINTER Show
The stuffed animals celebrate winter fun by sliding down a big snow-hill, going ice skating and hurling snowballs in stuffed animal style right on stage.

Hosted by Leslye Orr, The Stuffed Animal Show is an interactive theater experience for children ages 3+ and their stuffed animals. Kids bring their own plushy, or get one from our grab bag, and join Zip the chipmunk and his friends. Leslye Orr animates the whole gang with wacky sounds and voices while also sharing creative ideas for imaginative play. A tiny-sized tea party for all stuffed animals follows each performance.

The Loneliest Person in the Universe

Dates: Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2018 (Fri at 7:00 p.m., Sat at 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)
Tickets: $7
Ages: Ages 6+ (please read “Note” below)
Duration: 45 minutes approx.

Seth Eberle presents
The Loneliest Person in the Universe
a marionette puppet show created and performed by Seth Eberle
directed by Kurt Hunter
recorded music by Blake Brauer

Seth Eberle presented Puppet Double Feature and Dream of Owls at Dreamland Arts.

The Loneliest Person in the Universe follows the historical figure Richard Carrington, the first astronomer to discover the connection between sunspots, the Northern Lights, and electromagnetic storms. In a world that is full of loneliness, how can it be tamed and how can we feel less alone in such a vast universe? What do the northern lights tell us, and why are they connected to the sun? Even in the loneliest of moments where can we find a connection with something bigger than ourselves?

Note: The content of this show is intended for older elementary kids through adults, but children ages 6+ will enjoy this performance as well. The play deals with the emotion of loneliness and how we can handle it in the face of the universe, so having some experience with this feeling will help you appreciate the show more fully. The puppets are all marionettes, or figures manipulated by strings, and after the show audience members are invited to see the puppets up close with a demonstration of how they work.

Seth Eberle is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

Dream of Owls

Dates: Oct 26-28, 2018 (Fri at 7:00 p.m., Sat at 10:00 a.m. & Sun at 1:00 p.m.)
Tickets: $7
Ages: All ages (children are invited to come in costume!)
Duration: 45 minutes approx.

Seth Eberle presents
Dream of Owls
created and performed by Seth Eberle
directed by Julie Boada

Seth Eberle presented Puppet Double Feature at Dreamland Arts in May 2018

In Dream of Owls, ​Little Theo is drifting off to sleep when he is frightened by a hooting sound. His father shows him how to overcome his fear by naming it. As Theo drifts off to sleep, he learns more and more about owls, the source of the sound, from a strangely familiar dream dragon. Will it be enough to banish his nightmare away? Dream of Owls is a show focused on owls and how to overcome your fear by learning about it.

This show was developed in conjunction with professional naturalists and environmental educators from Silverwood Park and the Minnesota Zoo.

Seth Eberle is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

Puppet Double Feature

Dates: May 10-12, 2018 (Thu-Sat at 6:00 p.m.)
Tickets: $7
Ages: Recommended for All ages
Duration: 60 minutes, including intermission.

Seth Eberle presents
Puppet Double Feature: Grandma Greta’s Garden AND The Ants Who Wanted to Fly
Two 30 minute puppet shows

Grandma Greta’s Garden
Directed by Laura Wilhelm
In this production, Grandma Greta has saved some of her seeds from last year in order to plant her garden. While waiting for the plants to grow, a sneaky rabbit tries to avoid detection and a bee looks for something to eat. Will Greta stop the rabbit from getting into her garden? Will the bee find a flower to make food?

The Ants Who Wanted to Fly
Directed by Anne Sawyer
Two ants want to fly very badly, so they wait for an egg to hatch, thinking it will be a bird they can hitch a ride on. They are disappointed when they find a caterpillar has hatched out of the egg, but they keep waiting and watching to figure out how to fly. Follow the ants as they discover the joy of the natural world!

Seth Eberle is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.