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August Guild Meeting Features the Bob Baker Marionettes

Sat., Aug 25 at Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland,

Puppet Fair 10:30-4:30 & Guild Meeting 5 – 7:30ish

Join us for this evening with the Bob Baker Marionettes as they share their show, talk about Bob and his theater, demo using marionettes and even provide the opportunity to try your hand at bringing their marionettes to life.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater was founded by Bob Baker and Alton Wood in 1963. It’s reportedly the oldest children’s theater company in America. His puppetry was featured on TV in Bewitched, Star Trek, Land of the Giants and on film in A Star Is Born, G.I. Blues, Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Baker was also instrumental in championing union membership for puppeteers. Bob Baker was an American pioneer in the art of puppetry and his theater lives on with dedicated puppeteers like Alex Evans to share his work.

August 25 Puppet Fair and Guild Meeting

The Puppet Fair during the day is a mini puppet festival with shows starting at 10:30.

10:30 a.m. Puppet Show: The Frog Prince. Presented by Will Lewis of Dragon Fly Theatre.

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Magic, masks & puppets bring to life the music of composer Paul Dukas. Harold, the sorcerer’s apprentice, tries his hand at casting spells, but things go horribly wrong. Flooding, multiplying brooms – this show has it all. Puppets, scenery and script by Randal Metz.

12 p.m. Puppet Show: The King’s Problem. Based on India Tales of the Panchatantra. Presented by The Puppet Company.

12 p.m. – 2 p.m The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 & 3:30 Children’s Theatre presents: Rapunzel. Rapunzel wants to see the world, but between a bad hair day, a silly prince and some intense helicopter parenting, who can get away? A fresh and irreverent retelling of the classic fairytale. Written by Corinna Rezzelle.

1 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. At the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. Since 1963, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been part of imagination and fantasy that thrives in Los Angeles, with over 200 performances a year, utilizing over 2,000 handcrafted puppets. Join Alex Evans as he presents his one-man variety show with marionettes from Bob Baker.

2:30 p.m. Puppet Show: A Modern Little Red Riding Hood. A twist on this classic fairy tale. Presented by the 4-H Puppeteers.

3:30 p.m. Puppet Show: Perez & Mondinga. A Mexican fiesta tale of a cockroach who marries a mouse. Presented by The Puppet Lady, Rhonda Kay.

4:30-5:00ish Cleanup & Setup. Help put away puppets, supplies, etc. Cleanup and setup for meeting & potluck.

5:00 (or 4:45, if cleanup/setup is quick) Guild Meeting

Meet your new Board of Directors, Ideas for Future Programs and more.

5:30 Potluck Supper

Please bring something to share. If your dish needs refrigeration, please bring it in a cooler. Main dishes are always appreciated. Guild will provide paper products & utensils.

6:00ish Bob Baker Marionettes

Repeat of the 1:30 show with “Behind the Scenes.” Alex Evans will talk about Bob Baker and his theater, demo using marionettes and even provide the opportunity to try your hand at bringing their marionettes to life.

Admission: Admission to Fairyland is free to Guild members. At admissions, say that you’re with the Puppet Guild and have come to help. However, if you are bringing friends that are not members of the Guild and are not helping, they must pay admission (unless they want to join that day).

If you can, please arrive no later than 4:30. However, if you need to enter later, then call Randal Metz at (415) 609-8704 to get in. Leave a message if he doesn’t pickup. Wait at the gate behind the puppet theater, which faces the lake.

Puppets for the Puppet Exhibit at Fairyland

If you would like to display some of your puppet creations, contact Randal Metz at 510 569-3144. You MUST have your puppet at Fairyland no later than 10:30 on Sat.

Parking: There is paid parking on Bellevue and other places near Fairyland. If you can, carpool or take public transit.

Questions: Please email Judy Roberto at,

HELP!!!! Volunteer at Fairyland

Walkaround Puppets Greeting Kids: The Guild has a tradition at Fairyland of bringing a favorite puppet and walking around the park with your puppet, meeting and greeting kids and parents. No need to sign up. Please consider doing this anytime from 10-4.

The guild will be hosting the Make a Puppet and Puppet Exhibit/Information Table at Fairyland’s Day of Puppetry. Anyone wishing to volunteer can check in with SignUp Genius, If you’d rather not use Signup Genius, email Judy Roberto at, On the day, if you haven’t pre-signed to volunteer, but would like to help, just find the Guild Info Table and let them know you’d like to help. Volunteers are always welcome.

Setup of Puppet Exhibit, see Randal Metz, 2 people, 9-10am

Make a Puppet Table: 1 person for each time slot, 11-12, 12-1, 1-2, 2-3

Guild Information Table: 1 person for each time slot: 11-12, 12-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4

Monitor Exhibit and answer General Puppet Questions, 1 person, 10-11, 11-12, 12-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4:30.

August 26 Puppet Fair (no guild meeting but the fun continues)

The schedule is similar to Sat., schedule with a few changes. Most notable is a different puppet show at 3:30 p.m. Mother Goose Land. Enter a special world, where beloved nursery rhyme characters are brought to life. Presented by The Fratello Marionettes.

Find schedule online @ Also, if you are coming on Sunday, Aug 26th, Randal is always looking for people to help watch the Puppet Exhibit.