This installment of the Catfish Club saw us partnering with our friends Squallis Puppeteers, the focus of our current exhibition: 25 Years of Squallis Puppeteers. We’ve had their puppets on display for months, and this was the time to see them in action! And not on a TV screen either, live and in-person!
Combing elements of Country Mouse City Mouse, The Lion and The Mouse, and Stone Soup, this timeless tale built upon timeless tales was a bit hit with visiting kids and parents. Squeak, our country mouse, takes a trip to the big city to visit his cousin Chancy. There he learns about the values of new, different experiences and sharing within a community. Upon Chancey’s visit to the wide-open country, much the same is learned from a different perspective! All the while, a devious cat is hunting our mousey protagonists. I won’t spoil the story here, but trust me, it all works out nicely. Beyond the entertainment, the post-show Q&A with the kids proved Squallis’s ability to teach lessons too.
After the narrative was concluded, kids got a chance to get up-close-and-personal with the puppets, sets, and props! Despite being fully immersed minutes earlier, these kids were now introduced to the creative process and skills behind putting on a show. Then they got to get creative themselves through the finger-puppet making workshop!
With Squallis Puppeteers moving their headquarters next door to Portland Museum in our four-plex, we’d bet this is far from the last time we host a show from them. Be on the lookout for the next one, and we hope to see you all back here again!