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Porta-Puppet Players

In the fall of 1988, "Uncle" Wayne Daigrepont was asked to help repaint and refurbish the exhibits in Storyland in City Park.  It is here the Storyland  manager  hired him as park manager, which included creating and performing puppet shows at the (then-called) “Puppet Castle.”  Storyland  greatly  enhanced "Uncle" Wayne to develop his skills as a performer, program developer, and producer of original puppet shows. (The moniker, “Uncle Wayne,” had long been established, with  college friends, from the  early 70s!)

In 1990, the Esplanade Mall (based on his successes in City Park) asked if he "could do a puppet show!?" Seeing the opportunity, Wayne promptly goes “independent,” building a portable puppetorium and debuts the very first “Porta-Puppet Players” ‘  “original puppet musical-comedy,” “Louisiana Red Riding Hood!” The show abounded with local humor, paying homage to the great style of  "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie," (with the “human” character performing outside the puppetorium.) 

After a decade, Daigrepont hit upon the idea of reworking his shows into a sleeker, more intimate (& more affordable) format: “Storytelling with Puppets.” The concept proves to be very popular: the human, costumed character roaming through the audience, and the puppets are neatly veiled on a table (positioned behind the performer.)

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