Free Public Show Schedule

Workshop times and locations will be printed in the festival program given to paid attendees. Times and workshops are subject to change.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

4:00pm-8:00pm Welcome Reception at Hasta La Pasta Italian Restaurant, 6915 Cypresswood Dr, Spring, TX 77379. Featuring Performances by: Greg Ruhe, Joanne Schroeder, Rikki Shaw, and You!

Friday, September 16, 2022

8:00 Registration Opens.

2:30 – 3:30 Public Puppet Performance: “The Goat in the Chili Patch” by Rick Strot and Allen Reeves Ware, Ware House Puppets, Waco, TX – FREE ADMISSION. The Ware House Puppets present “The Goat in the Chili Patch,” a Mexican Folktale, retold by Rick Strot, and developed for the puppet stage by Rick Strot and Allen Reeves Ware. Poor little Pepe has a problem; a mean goat has invaded his Mamacita’s chili patch and will not leave. See what hilarity ensues as Pepe enlists the help of his barnyard friends to chase away the mean goat. In the end, Pepe learns a lesson about judging someone on appearances.

Allen Reeves Ware holds Doctorate and Master’s degrees from Baylor University with a focus on educational theatre and puppetry. Large-scale marionettes perform to lively and familiar music all operated in full view of the audience. After the show, our special backstage look has inspired not only new puppeteers, but even other performers!

Dr. Ware created the Ware House Puppets with fellow educator and friend Rick Strot, a School of Education Senior Lecturer at Baylor University. Both gentlemen are members of The Puppeteers of America (PoA), and active with PoA’s Puppetry in Education and Therapy, for which Dr. Ware serves as a committee member. Together they entertain children and families with fun stories that carry simple but important lessons. Strot and Ware bring decades of puppetry experience to The Ware House Puppets, and they are pleased to return to the show that began their creative partnership as they present “The Goat in the Chili Patch.”

3:30 – 4:30 Southwest Region Business Meeting and Snack.

4:30 – 5:30 Puppet Performance – “Strings Variety Show” by Pix Smith, Dallas Puppet Theater, Dallas, TX – FREE ADMISSION. Large-scale marionettes perform to lively and familiar music all operated in full view of the audience. After the show, our special backstage look has inspired not only new puppeteers, but even other performers!

Pix is the director of the Dallas Puppet Theater and has been performing since beginning with Fred Cowen in 1980. The Dallas Puppet Theater is in its 36th season of production family entertainment, and exists to promote and advance the performing, visual and creative art of puppetry. Pix has performed throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, and at a local library near you.

6:00 SW Regional Pepper Puppet Festival Dinner (offsite)

Saturday, September 17, 2022

8:30 – 9:00 Registration Open

2:30 – 3:30 Puppet Performance and Raffle Prize Winners Selected! “The Bumper Crop” by Ellen Scott and Robbie Lueth, Hand to Mouth Puppet Theatre, Austin, TX – FREE ADMISSION. Young Wally Wheeler wonders when he swallows a watermelon seed, if vines could grow out of his ears. It’s his wildest dream, but just watch it come true in this visually stunning, outrageously funny show.

Ellen Turner Scott and Robbie Lueth discovered puppetry in the 1970s. For 10 years they brought literature to life with puppets for the Austin Public Library. For 40 years with their own troupe, they are building puppets, performing, script writing, set designing, and producing music. Robbie was a high school teacher. Ellen is a puppeteer with Literature Live, the Austin Library Puppet Troupe. Ellen received a scholarship in 2008 to attend the O’Neill National Puppetry Conference, studying under Luman Coad, and in 2010, studying under master marionette artist, Philip Huber. Ellen is the proud owner of Nancy Renfro Studios, Inc., a Puppet Resource Company. with 250 puppet character designs and 18 books on puppetry and puppet activities.

4:30 – 5:30 Puppet Performance – “Calliope Kate and the Voice of the River” by Karen Konnerth, Calliope Puppets, New Orleans, LA – FREE ADMISSION. Karen Konnerth with her Calliope Puppets invites children and adults on a journey down the Mississippi River in an original tall tale, “Calliope Kate and the Voice of the River” (now available in book form from Pelican Publishing). Accompany fearless Kate on her parents’ shanty boat as she straightens out the winding river, rides a giant catfish, and finally battles a hurricane with the musical instrument of her dreams – the loud and cacophonous steamboat calliope! Then, as Kate heads off up the river, her Ma and Pa join forces to tell a comical fishing story from the Brothers Grimm.

Karen is artistic director of world traveling Calliope Puppets, presenting thoughtfully interactive puppet theater for forty years for children, families, and art lovers of all ages featuring handmade puppets in a wide variety of techniques. She is also an award winning arts integration specialist, with over thirty years’ experience developing and implementing arts integrated (puppetry, creative writing, visual art) curriculum in elementary school classrooms and now sharing this experience with teachers through participatory workshops on strategies to engage students and deepen learning across the curriculum, using simple and easily available materials. Teacher workshop presentation sites include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as the U.S. Embassy English Language Specialist Program in Central America, Asia, the Middle East, and South Africa.

6:00 SW Regional Pepper Puppet Festival Dinner (offsite)