Artist / Program Description:
The Elsenpeter Marionettes, headed by Mr. Richard Elsenpeter, are a professional full-time performing Marionette company who has entertained millions of school children in live shows for over 138 years. Besides performing more than 400-plus programs nationally each year. the Elsenpeter troupe will write, produce, create and carve an entirely new program annually. The Elsenpeter Marionettes specialize in children's classics and adapt stories with which most children are familiar.
The Elsenpeter Marionettes tradition of puppetry started in Elen, Germany approximately 138 years ago, by Richard's great-grandfather. Their traditional form of puppetry has been handed down through four generations. Mr Elsenpeter describes his form of puppetry as the "old world style of puppetry." It's very nostalgic and is rarely seen anymore in America because of its technical difficulties.