A Brief History:

Puck Players Puppet Theatre, Inc. has brought professional entertainment to children and adults alike since the spring of 1967 when Marion Jacobus mounted the first production, Thumbelina, as a project for her master's thesis in children's theatre. It was a small audience that day, but those who came were captivated. Before long, others were recruited to learn the art of puppetry, the audience grew, and Puck Players was on its way to becoming a tradition in Bloomington and South Central Indiana.

Queen of Hearts

In the beginning, the Players performed in a Sunday school room near the center of town. They then moved west to a small room over the Betty-Jean Shop on the corner of 6th and Walnut. In the early 70's, when the Monroe County Public Library moved from the old Carnegie Library at 6th and Washington (now the Monroe County Museum) to its present location at Kirkwood and Lincoln, the expanded facilities gave the Players a permanent home. Since then, most years, there have been regular Saturday performances from October through April.

Over the years, the Players have performed throughout south central Indiana (and into Illinois) at libraries, schools, churches, and various outdoor venues. Some fans may remember the touring marionette operas from the early 70s: Hansel and Gretel; Die Fledermaus; and The Abduction from the Seraglio, funded by a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. In recent years, the Players have concentrated on the possibilities to be found in hand- and shadow-puppets, sometimes combining them with live actors. As always, Puck Players remains true to its beginnings where innovation is encouraged and nurtured.

 

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