Puppetree Live at Montpelier Alive fest.
It was a grand day to be in the capitol of Vermont.
On the 3rd of July, while Americans everywhere geared up for Independence Day, whole families of Vermonters flocked to Montpelier to sample local food, shop for crafts, check out a parade, learn about their state’s history at the museum, and gather with their families to watch an excerpt from Caps For Sale by the Puppetree!
First off, we did a walk-around performance: we took out random puppets and walked around with them, interacting with the crowd, having some laughs with children of all ages, and doing our best to drum up an audience.
In a welcome surprise, when the Puppetree cast and crew arrived, we found that our stage was not off to the side of the state house lawn, but right up on the magnificent steps of the capitol itself!
We had a respectable crowd for all three performances that afternoon, and the kids were well-behaved yet energetic: just the way we like our audiences!
It was a long day, and rather hot inside those booths, but we had a fun time, and judging from the audience’s response, so did they.