"Dragons Are Too Seldom" Puppet Workshop

An NEA Big Read: Spearfish Event


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This event is part of the 2021 NEA Big Read: Spearfish. For more information about the NEA Big Read and to see more events please click here.

The Matthews Opera House and renowned puppeteer Markie Scholz will be hosting a free puppet workshop for local youth. During this workshop, kids will make a puppet, learn to manipulate it, write a short show and have fun with their imagination!

Workshop Times

There will be two workshops separated by age group. Both puppet workshops will take place on April 10.

Ages 5 – 10: 10 am
Ages 11+ : 1 pm

This event has a limited capacity. Please call 605.642.7973 to reserve your child’s spot.


This is a masked event. We understand that little ones may have a difficult time wearing masks, so children under the age of 10 are encouraged to wear masks but not required. All adults and youth ages 11+ will be required to be masked.

About Markie Sholtz

Watching Markie Scholz and her madcap cast of puppet characters is nothing less than awe-inspiring. She is a one person troupe with a cast of thousands, a globetrotting troubadour and an electrifying entertainer.

Founded in 1971, Scholz and her puppets have performed their matchless form of family entertainment in thirty-nine states and six countries. She travels 30,000 to 70,000 miles a year in her life-long pursuit to bring puppets to the masses.

Markie is an educator as well as an entertainer. Packed in with her years of front-line puppeteering experience, she also has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. This unparalleled combination allows Scholz to deliver unforgettable insight and enjoyment to children of all ages.



NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.





Date and Time:


Saturday, April 10, 2021


10:00 am - 12:00 pm




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