Clermont puppeteers make learning fun at free shows

May 7th, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

“We really enjoy performing for children and seniors,” said Amy Buskey (Birdie the bird), following a recent free performance of the Hands up! Puppet Troupe.

Buskey and six other employees of the Clermont County Public Library have served as puppeteers for the past 10 years, performing at all 10 library branches, daycare centers, preschools, senior centers, and other venues across the county.

“We have such a good time doing this, and it’s fun and educational for the kids,” added Tracey McCullough (Chris the sheep.) The troupe incorporates early literacy skills like letter and sound recognition into their shows.

"We write our own scripts for the performances," said Cindy Mehaffey (Sheldon the turtle.) "Everyone really likes the one we are doing now called Walking through the Seasons."

While the programs are targeted toward children, the group admits that it can be a lot of fun for 'big' kids too. "The seniors really like it when we do Singing in the Rain," said Cristy Mack (Bart the monster.) "Our stories and songs have elements that the older audiences can identify with and some even sing along with us."

Packed into tight quarters underneath their stage, preventing much airflow, the closeness could be a little difficult for some of us to manager. "We all really work well together and have a great sense of camaraderie," laughed Buskey.

To find out when and where the Clermont County Public Library Hands Up! Puppet Troupe is performing, call (513) 735-7197 or visit the library Web site
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