WUMP MUCKET PUPPETS are a touring puppet company that share the joy of puppetry with the original stories, songs, and silliness of puppeteer Terrence Burke. We perform our hand crafted puppet shows at libraries, schools, daycare centers, museums, art centers, and special events of all sizes. We are available year round and will travel anywhere.
Our list of satisfied clients includes: Public Library of Cincinnati, Boston Public Library, Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, All About Kids, Youthland Academy, GE Aviation, Macy's, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, and many more.
Terrence Burke is also available to hire for puppetry and voice acting opportunities for TV and social media.
Price Range: $275 - $500 plus travel fees.
Gig Length: 30 - 40 minutes
Insurance: $100,000 - Commercial General Liability policy
What to Expect
WUMP MUCKET PUPPETS 30-minute puppet show is presented in a variety show format, performed by our hand-crafted puppet stars. The show is performed in three segments, featuring two stories at the start and end of the show, with a middle audience participation segment. Each show features six to seven different puppets.
The show is written with children ages 3-10 in mind, yet is certainly enjoyable for both parents and grandparents. Our stories generally run about 6-9 minutes each in length, to keep the audience engaged with what is happening on stage,. The show includes short catchy tunes, riddles & jokes, even a dance break in one of our shows! Wump Mucket Puppets have several touring shows available throughout the year, including a Halloween themed puppet show, as well as, a Christmas themed puppet show. Descriptions of shows are on our website.
Each performance includes a 7-10 minute warm-up, with the audience "helping" the puppeteer prepare for the show, and closes with a meet & greet session where I provide FREE coloring pages and stickers for each child.
I arrive no later than one hour in advance of showtime to load in my stage and sound equipment, and about 40 minutes to strike the stage and load-out.
Puppetry has been a passion of mine since I was a young boy, growing up in the 1960s and watching TV programs such as Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Kukla, Fran, and Ollie, and of course Sesame Street. With my own puppet shows, I bring thoughtful original stories, songs, and silliness performed by the hand-crafted puppets built by my wife Lara and myself.
As the father of two children, I take great care in presenting quality family entertainment that is enjoyed by preschoolers to their grandparents. I recognize that childhood is a magical time in a person's life, to bring the magic of puppetry to create joyful memories that will last a lifetime.
Additional Booking Notes
I bring my own puppet stage and professional sound system to every performance. I only require access to electricity within 15 feet of the performance area. I am happy to email you my technical rider and stage plot if needed.
Upcoming Booked Events
|July 17, 2018 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm||Personal Occasion|
Past Booked Events
|March 28, 2018 • 8:00am - 3:00pm||School Visit|
|March 27, 2018 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Knight Who Slept All Day|
|March 18, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Bee Happy|
|March 11, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Bee Happy|
|March 07, 2018 • 9:30am - 10:30am||The Knight Who Slept All Day|
|March 05, 2018 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Bee Happy|
Influences & Inspiration
I grew up watching classic TV puppeteers such as Jim Henson (The Muppets), Caroll Spinney (Sesame Street), Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers Neighborhood), Burr Tillstrom (Kukla, Fran, and Ollie), and Cosmo Allegretti (Captain Kangaroo). Their work has inspired me as a children's performer to bring friendly, memorable puppet characters to the stage.
Children who are growing up in the 21st century, with all of it's instant entertainment options, still enjoy being told a fun story that is performed live. I know this from hearing their laughter during my shows, and a few even tell me how much they love my puppetry afterwards too!
6-8 foot table (if possible
Adult size chair
7 x 5 performance area
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