In Kansas City, from the 1930’s to the 1970’s, Hazelle Hedges Rollins ran the largest toy puppet company in the world. A remarkable woman and a pioneer in the field, she was responsible for the creation of over 300 original puppet characters and was granted three U.S. patents: for a marionette mouth mechanism, for an airplane control, and for an ankle/shoe puppet movement.
After the historic factory closed, all remaining inventory went to the Puppetry Arts Institute in Independence, Missouri. Now, budding puppetmakers of all ages can paint their own creations, using vintage marionette heads (still in stock after all these years).
This Obscura Day, kick off celebrations at the Puppetry Arts Institute with a performance by traveling troupe Magical Moonshine Theater, then join us on a rare tour of the PAI offsite underground cave, which houses this archival collection. View a vast array of Hazelle memorabilia, unassembled Hazelle character parts, and hundreds of unique marionettes from around the world!
This event is only available to Kansas City Obscura Day Pass holders!
Saturday, April 16; 11:00am - 1:00pm
Puppetry Arts Institute
11025 E Winner Rd
Independence, MO 64052
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