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ABOUT: Flying Fox Puppets is an amateur puppet theater in Lincoln, Nebraska. We love to help audiences delight in, explore, and learn about:

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We tell tales with tails!

      • gardening
      • plants
      • animals
      • insects

Flying Fox has performed at venues such as a 4-H camp, a county fair, and a wildflower festival.

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Shows Performed by Flying Fox Puppets

Pollinator Pals

Bee Insect Animal

Soil Adventure

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Cute Hedgehog Doodle Illustration

Plantanimal Parade

Creature Feature

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Puppet Show:

POLLINATOR PALS

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DAPHNE THE DOG is sad. She can’t reach her bone because it’s tangled in vines that have taken over her doghouse. In addition, she misses her pollinator pals who used to visit. She does not know why she hasn’t seen them lately.


The pals want to visit Daphne. However, they can no longer find her doghouse now that it is covered in vines and now that she has a lawn instead of flowers in her front yard. But then a friend helps Daphne clear away the vines and convert her lawn so that flowers grow around Daphne’s dog house once again. Daphne’s pals visit and have a feast. But will Daphne get her bone back??

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TOPICS: Home pollinator gardens, beneficial insects, invasive plants.

THEMES: Relationship of home gardens to larger ecosystem, friendship.


ACTIVITY: Q&A with Daphne & her gardener friend after the show.

Puppet Show:

Soil Adventure

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CHANTAL & STEVE meet to complete their science homework. They need to examine soil under a microscope. But can Chantal’s dog Dawson handle the adventure when he discovers that the soil consists of microorganisms that are ALIVE?!?

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TOPICS: Soil, things smaller than the naked eye, decomposition of leaves, earthworms.


THEMES: Complexity of soil, adventure of exploration, use of the imagination, friendship.


ACTIVITY: During the show, the audience participates by viewing soil microorganisms (well, puppet versions of them) through special magnifying glasses. After the show, each child gets a puppet-worm to take home (don’t worry, they’re not alive!).


PERFORMANCE SETTING: This show is best suited to indoor venues and smaller groups.

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Puppet Show:

PLANTANIMAL PARADE

HELEN THE HEDGEHOG wants to march in the Plantanimal Parade with her best friend Scarlet the Skunk. In the parade, the animals will carry plants named after them. They will compete for prizes such as best plant-animal look-alike. Those carrying plants native to Nebraska will receive special recognition. Scarlet will carry skunk cabbage.


The parade starts soon! But is there a plant named after hedgehogs??

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Hand Drawn Lillies
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Skunk Animal Cartoon
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Antirrhinum Majus Vintage Illustration
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TOPICS: Plants named after animals and insects, origin of plant names, plants native to Nebraska.


THEMES: The wide variety of plants and animals in nature, friendship.


ACTIVITY: After the show, children may touch some of the plants. In-season, live plants will be used when possible; off-season, artificial plants.


PERFORMANCE SETTING: This show is best suited for mid-July to early-September when some of the plants featured in the show are in-season, but it can be performed any time of the year.


Puppet Show:

CREATURE FEATURE

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LIVE! From

Crow

News

Network

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CARLA THE CROW hosts the show “Creature Feature” on Crow News Network. No wonder she is known as “the Oprah of ornithology.”


On each episode, Carla interviews a different animal or insect. This show can be adapted to various topics. Send your request to Flying Fox and we’ll see if we can accommodate your topic.

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View photos of performances.

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INVITE FLYING FOX PUPPETS

To invite Flying Fox Puppets, please click CONTACT below. We look forward to hearing from you!


PLEASE NOTE:

  • Indoor venues are preferred to assure optimal audio. However, some outdoor venues will be considered.


  • While Flying Fox Puppets is a volunteer, not-for-profit endeavor, offering a small honorarium—such as $40 per show—would be welcome to assist with the costs of puppets, props, craft supplies, etc. For shows fifteen miles or more from our Founder’s home in Lincoln, NE, a travel stipend of .20¢ per mile is suggested to assist with travel expenses.


  • Flying Fox Puppets does not perform for entertainment settings such as birthday parties.


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CONTACT

FOUNDER

Founder Jennifer Bryson is a hobby puppeteer who loves plants and the outdoors. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was formerly a Master Gardener in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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GALLERY:

Stars of the Stage

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Show: POLLINATOR PALS

Daphne the Dog

The Pollinator Pals

Show: SOIL ADVENTURE

The Cast

Roberta

the Rabbit

The Microbes’ Lunch

Show: PLANTANIMAL PARADE

Helen the Hedgehog

Butterfly Weed

and Tiger Lily

... but is there

a plant named

after hedgehogs??

Show: CREATURE FEATURE

Carla interviewing Sharleas the Sheep

Carla the Crow

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Daphne the Dog chatting with

the audience

Members of the audience touching plants after a performance of Plantanimal Parade

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