Karen Konnerth is artistic director of world traveling Calliope Puppets, presenting thoughtfully interactive puppet theater for children, families, and art lovers of all ages featuring hand made puppets in a wide variety of techniques. She writes scripts, builds all puppets and staging, and performs with live voice.
“You are truly an inspiration to young creative minds as you bring such meaningful tales to life through puppets.”
Tammy Mulhearn, Youth Services Librarian, Livingston Parish Library
“The kids thought they were being entertained, but they were actually learning.”
Laura Kaufman, Teacher, Shaw Elementary School., New Orleans, LA
“Now that we know better, the stories are like a trip to a new world.”
2nd grader, Lusher Magnet School, New Orleans, LA.
“As always, your performance was outstanding…the grown-ups were as entertained as the children.”
Cultural Arts Coordinator, St. Mary Parish Library, Franklin, LA
The following shows are 45 minutes long and intended for an audience not to exceed 200, ages 6 and up:
CALLIOPE KATE New June 2018!
A brand new tall tale character is brought to life, inspired by the raucous sound of the steamboat Natchez calliope, heard daily in Calliope Puppets studio in New Orleans. Born on the Mississippi, Kate adventures downriver on her family’s flatboat, finally ending up in New Orleans, where her Ma tries unsuccessfully to tame her with lady-like piano playing. But once Lafitte, ancient river catfish, exposes her to the earsplitting sound of a steamboat calliope, Kate is determined to find a way to make that perfect instrument her own. Featuring an old time cranky with moving scenery, and lively hand puppets, this is a rollicking show for all ages!
SPECIAL FOCUS: American folk lore, Mississippi River history and geography