Fox Folk Marionette Troupe
||The Fox Folk Marionettes offer FVL
students the opportunity to artistically express their talents
through the medium of puppetry. The ultimate goal is offer
this unique performing art to the FVL Family & the Fox
River Valley community while honoring the storied history of
this puppet collection. The Fox Folk repertoire focuses on folk
tales that provide unique insights into the great teachings of
What's happening in 2012-13?
The Fox Folk Marionettes made our annual trek to the Apple Creek
YMCA on Dec. 1st for a pair of performances of "A Lamb's Tale," an
original script written by director Dave Payne.
FVL Winterfest 2013 is set for SUNDAY, JANUARY 27th.
Performances will be featured at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the small
gym. The first show will be an encore performance of "A Lamb's
Tale" where the audience can enjoy the Christmas story from the
perspective of the Bethlehem shepherds and their sheep. Later that
day, the troupe will perform "Princess Gloriana & the Dragon."
The land of Fortunia is rocked by the arrival of an evil dragon who
makes his lair in their enchanted forest. Can Sir Baldwin
make a difference and save the royal family? Come and find out for
We are also looking forward to being part of Kinderfest again in
February! Stay tuned for updates! Director Dave Payne
is in the research phase of creating a book to capture the history
of these special puppets who have now performed for over 31,000
The Fox Folk Marionette Troupe opened their season with a pair
of performances December 3 at the Apple Creek YMCA. The debut
showing of "The Gift of the Princess" was well received. December
10 found the puppeteers sharing the same show in the gym at St.
Paul Lutheran School in Green Bay for that church's special
Christmas outreach event. Two shows were performed with over 200 in
attendance. At FVL's Winterfest, the puppeteers encored the
same show and introduced their new fairytale show entitled "The
Girl Who Cried Wolf." This show was written by Director Dave Payne
and puppeteer Alyssa Lawrence. This is the first time the troupe
had performed a play written by one of the performers. A select
group of the marionettists also performed in February for FVL
Kinderfest 2012's inaugural." The performance of "I Can Do All
Things..." was a hit with the kindergartners and adults alike and
will be performed again at future Kinderfest devotions.
The Fox Folk Marionette Troupe opened their season with a pair
of performances December 4 at the Apple Creek YMCA.
"Baboushka and the Christmas Visitors" was well received. Segments
of the program were videotaped for an upcoming edition of Kids
Connection - a Wisconsin Synod video newmagazine for school-age
children. At FVL's Winterfest on January 30, the puppeteers
presented "Princess Glorianna & the Jewel Trees" and "The
Miracle of the Candles." Both shows were presented in the open
stage format - a first for the Fox Folk Marionette Troupe.
"Princess Glorianna" brought back last year's popular fairy tale
program, while "The Miracle of the Candles" was a new show based on
a folklore legend about a poor widower and his two girls whose
celebration of Christmas is aided by miraculous means. We received
sad news in March as we were notified of the death of Barbara
Purdy, one of the leading inspirations behind the creation of the
marionettes. Spring saw a visit to Trinity Lutheran School in
Brillion and May found the troupe traveling to St. Mark School in
Green Bay for a "Grand People's Day" performance - two cities where
the puppets had never been seen before.
Click here for an article from the County Post East
highlighting our show!
FFM debuted its new portable stage (created/built by Director
Dave Payne) with a pair of shows at the new Apple Creek YMCA.
Especially exciting was the opportunity to perform an updated
version of "The Search," one of the first shows ever performed
by our team and one that goes back to the original shows the
puppets were built to perform. It is adapted from the
famous story "The Other Wiseman" by Henry Van Dyke. It also
was a chance to pay tribute to the Purdy family who donated their
marionette collection to FVL and were instrumental in the evolution
of the new YMCA as well.
This season also marked the debut of our first fairy tale
show: "Princess Glorianna & the Jewel Trees" created by
Directors Dave & Cassie Payne and featuring our brand new
dragon marionette. Our "Senior Showcases" took us on the road to
schools in Mt. Olive-Appleton and St. Peter-Freedom. We were
also privileged to perform for Bethany Lutheran Church's Christian
Education Sunday at FVL. A special treat was the opportunity
to take the puppeteers back stage after an Oshkosh performance by
the Mermaid Theatre, a professional troupe from Nova Scotia,
This season marked the debut of the "Piccolo: The Stubborn
Little Donkey," a tale adapted from the famous Charles Tazewell
story. Our "Senior Showcases" took us on the road to Emanuel, New
London and Martin Luther, Neenah. We were also privileged to
perform at Martin Luther School in Oshkosh after attending a
professional puppetry performance at Oshkosh's Grand Opera House -
complete with a backstage tour
Also coming for Winterfest (January 31st) is a new fairy
tale show entitled "Princess Gloriana & the Jewel Trees."
Watch out for our new scary dragon!
Our "Senior Showcases" will also take our show on the road to
the elementary schools of our senior puppeteers attended to
introduce these youngsters to puppetry.
The photo below depicts the nativity scene with Mary, Joseph, and
the baby Jesus -- a scene from many FFM performances.
The directors of the troupe also partnered with
the Fox Cities PAC to visit area elementary schools to share
puppetry workshops tied to "Swimmy" show that was performed at
the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in early October.
The troupe debuted its new script "A
Lamb's Tale" while tells the Christmas story from the perspective
of the sheep in the fields of Bethlehem. The team also began its
"Senior Showcase" program by visiting St. John School in East
Bloomfield and St. Peter School in Appleton. The Senior Showcase
program features the Russian folktale of "Baboushka." Directors
Dave & Cassie Payne also worked with the Fox Cities PAC to
visit area elementary schools and share a short introduction to
Click here to view slides of "Baboushka"
2006-07 was an important year for
the troupe. Many new, young puppeteers joined the team. Also,
Cassie Payne, director of Hands 2 Grow Puppet Productions,
volunteered as Assistant Director. The team reprised "Darko's Song"
-- FFM's adaptation of an old Serbian folktale that tells the story
of a blind shepherd boy who miraculously teaches the people of his
village to see what is truly important in life.
FFM also presented two special performances at the Fox Cities
Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the opening of Disney's
Lion King in May 2007. The performances highlighted
the different types of puppetry -- shadow, rod, mask, hand, and
moving mouth puppets -- performed in The Lion King.
LION KING SHOW PPT - click here
In addition to our traditional
performances at FVL Winterfest, the troupe also performed for the
Christian Education Sunday of Bethany Lutheran Church of Appleton.
Also for the first time in its FVL history, the puppets made a road
trip to perform for FVL Schools Week at Trinity Lutheran School in
Neenah. The Russian folktale "Baboushka" was the feature
presentation that afternoon.
Photo of the presentation of "Baboushka" at Trinity School in
Neenah in March 2007.