While working at the
Edwardsville Public Library, I had many experiences using puppetry. I wrote
and performed over 30 puppet plays. I am no longer offering puppet plays. Many of the shows
that I authored are listed on this site for you to use.
I do ask that you give me attrition, let me know that you are using my scripts, and give me a
report on how it went and how the audience reacted.
I use lap puppets
including "Samantha" ...
my sassy ape puppet to
my storytelling performances. She tells jokes, sings and interacts with the
As part of my story times, I used the monkey mitt for fillers
between stories and wrote some of my own verses for them.
I used to perform
shadow puppets. Since I no longer perform them, I give free use to the scripts
Below you will find my
workshops, papers, directions, and my original puppet plays.
Shadow Puppetry - How to put on a
shadow puppet play with references and original shadow puppet plays.
A Wish for Santa - Poor Sally is afraid
that Santa won't find her at the South Pole. It's Pete the Penguin...to the
Korkie's Good Deed - Korkie the
Kangaroo is banished to the North Pole until she can learn what it means to
be helpful. Santa comes up with a great idea and Korkie gets to come
home...just in time for Christmas.
Santa's Noisy Christmas - Based
on the old "Noisy House" folktale. The Christmas fairy tells Santa to add
more and more to his house until Santa appreciates all the joyful noise.
Socks for Santa - Sally Jean learns what
it means to give the best the gift at Christmas time.
The Substitute Rudolph - Rudolph is
sick and Sally Jean and Bud need to find a "big and strong, quick and fast,
flying animal to lead Santa's sleigh. Who shall it be?
Easter Parade - Mrs. Henpeckle finds out
that her good deed is rewarded during the Easter Parade.
I wrote these puppet
plays as a challenge to myself to write a puppet show a week during my
pre-school parent storytimes. Many of them not only have the puppet play, but
the puppeteer comes out during the play to tell (or read) a story that goes
along with the theme. After each title, there is the character trait
highlighted in the story.
Coyote Dances With the Stars - loosely
based on a Native American story and adapted for the IL Summer Reading for
2007. Coyote thinks he is such a great dancer that he belongs in the night
sky to dance with the stars. He is in for a rude awaking! See
Puppet Play - Little Groundhog draws a picture of a
Piasa on the side of a hill to scare off his enemies. But his picture is a
little too real and scares poor groundhog.
Book Island -
By helping Hermie the
Hermit and visiting the Slithery Dee, Pirate Pete and Bud find a treasure...of
books. Written especially for the IL libraries summer reading 2006. Treasure
chest at the end with prizes for everyone.
Gettin' My Kicks on Rt
66 - Snail and Gopher make a bet on who will have the "best time" getting
across America. Gopher chooses the interstate and does make the best time, but
outwits gopher by taking his time and
seeing the sights to have "the best time."
the Reading Rocks - The mysterious writing found on rocks is
solved by visiting Cahokia Mounds. Written especially for the summer reading
theme "Reading Rocks" in 2002.