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Continued: Bringing puppets to the people

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER  , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 19, 2013 - 4:56 PM

But some people are intimidated by art, and going to see theater can be expensive. That’s why these shows are free and meant to be easily accessible, Pagel said.

This is the first time Mad Munchkin Productions has performed in garages, Pagel said. The show is funded by a $5,000 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council grant, which stipulates that recipients make art accessible to the community.

The company of nine collaborated to create the two shows, Wilhelm said. They worked backward, inventing the cast of “crazy Halloween characters” first and later developing the relationships between the puppets and the scripts, Wilhelm said.

Coming to a garage near you

There are four more “Spooky Spectacular” shows left on the garage tour, plus two “Candy Caper” performances at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre next weekend. All of the garage shows are at the homes of volunteers who are not only hosting but promoting them in their neighborhoods, Wilhelm said.

Wilhelm hopes to see 150 people at each outdoor performance. If they’re successful, “maybe we’ll have an annual Halloween tour,” she said.

One host, Joanne Mosier of Lakeville, lives next door to Wilhelm’s parents and has known Laura since she was a teenager. “She’s just a hoot,” Mosier said. “Laura’s always been so creative, so fun and so outside-the-box.”

Mosier’s youngest daughter, Sarah, loved to watch Wilhelm’s Puppet Wagon performances, and the family has attended many Mad Munchkin shows. When Laura asked if she might use her garage for this project, “My husband and I didn’t even think twice — we just said, ‘Of course,’ ” Mosier said.

Mosier hopes the performance will help build community. “This will be kind of a cool way to bring the neighborhood back together again and do something different,” she said.

 

Erin Adler • 952-746-3283

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