The Olde World Puppet Theatre performed their award-winning medieval
Tales of Belvuria series live for over 30 years, making it one of the
longest running puppet series in the United States.
We spent the '80's in San Francisco where we were Macy's puppet company for 11 Bay Area stores. Each of
the four seasons brought a new show traveling to all of their stores, the largest being the Christmas Season in
their downtown San Francisco store in their famous Bayberry Row.
We dazzled the opening of the San Francisco opera season by featuring our jewel-like marionettes in eight
windows for Tiffany & Co. as well as providing winter holiday windows for three Saks Fith Avenue stores.
We also planted the idea for the talking Mother Goose by Worlds of Wonder and gave inspiration to Steven
Sondheim for his Broadway hit Into the Woods.
The California Board of Education and the National Association of Librarians recognized us with awards
for best children's plays for The Tales Of Belvuria.
The Olde World Puppet Theatre has made TV appearances in segments on PBS, Evening Magazine, numerous
local news shows and public access cable TV shows. Some of our earlier Tales of Belvuria tapes were seen
nationwide across Canada.
In 1992, The Olde World Puppet Theatre returned home to Portland Oregon, opening
deluxe indoor marionette puppet theaters in both Mall 205 and Jantzen Beach Super
Center. For the next 15 years they also continued performing their live traveling shows
for festivals and local events throughout the western United States. It is a source of
pride that our clients booked our live shows over and over again. Among our continuing
clients: Macys, Nordstrom, I Magnin, Horst Mager's Octoberfest, Portland's and
Seattle's Italian Festas, and the elementary educational systems throughout the western
In 1994, The Olde World Puppet Theatre was hired by David Poulshock Productions,
producers of the children's video Wee Sing Under The Sea to consult on its creation,
build the three most complex puppets in the video, and to perform many of the most
From November 1996 to January, 1997, we curated and created The Incredible,
Fascinating, Wonderful World of Puppets for The Oregon Museum of Science and
Industry, the largest puppet event ever held on the west coast. It featured over 1,000
puppets from around the world, hands-on activities for visitors and three months of live
puppet performances by the most famous puppet troupes on the west coast. Drawing
over 71,000 visitors, it helped OMSI recover from the river flooding that ravaged their
campus. This is still one of our proudest achievements.
We began building giant puppets for Portland Scandinavian Revels, starting with an 18
foot tall Water Mother puppet operated by four puppeteers, followed by an eight foot tall
wind mask that transformed on stage. Other puppets for that show included Dala Goats,
each three to five feet tall. They were the first puppets to be printed from a computer and
blown up to their huge size. The show went on to run in Seattle as well as Boston, taking
our creations across the United States.
Portland's Starlight Parade and Rose Festival Parade have also featured our larger
creations, including fifteen-foot tall Norse God puppets, a giant purple
smoke-belching dragon, and Renaissance-costumed walkaround characters, winning
the company three Best Float awards.
No, No, No Pinocchio
was created for the
Festas Italiana in both
Portland and Seattle.
For Portland area festivals we built the puppets, props and sets for an outdoor version of Wizard of
For those of you who missed the disco scene of the late 70's, an artist named Meco created a disco
version of the Wizard of Oz which told the entire story of the movie in 27 minutes.
In our version, in addition to our usual cast of marionettes, several of the puppets were human-size,
worn by the puppeteers, allowing them a totally new freedom to interact with the audience.
We have also been either puppet or costume consultant for such films as Skin Deep for Blake Edwards,
Mousehunt, and Titanic, as well as winning the Portland Drama Critic’s DRAMMY award for Best Costumer
for Tygre’s Heart Shakespeare Company's production of Much Ado About Nothing.
Using all Oregon-based talent, we spent four years making the movie "Witch Key, a
Prince's Adventure", one of the most beloved and performed tales in the series, and the
book, The Enchanted Ring, a Princess's Adventure, another of our most performed tales.
Over the years, our memberships have included the San
Francisco Bay Area Puppeteers Guild, The Columbia
Association of Puppeteers, UNIMA and The Puppeteers of
We created The Olde World Puppet Theatre Studios with the
goal, in the new digital age, to release our stories directly into
people's homes for the whole family to enjoy and share.
Printed and electronic books, DVDs and electronic
downloads all fulfill this goal. Later we hope to film other
puppet companies, preserving the traditions of American
puppetry for future generations to come.
We operate three websites, http://www.belvuria.com - the
destination website devoted to everything about our
mythical kingdom, and http://www.puppetmuseum.com, an
international magnet for puppet enthusiasts, with visitors
from over 110 different countries represented to date, and
http://www.st-wolfgangs.org, a time capsule of the
Renaissance Fair days of old.
For more information on any of these projects click on the
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For a downloadable .pdf file of the text on this page,
Continuing with outdoor live puppet spectacles, we teamed up with St. Wolfgang's Bavarian
Guild to produce three shows performed at Pacific Northwest Renissance Fairs. Lord of the
Dance, was a seven-minute giant puppet and mask event took over 68 performers and
featured the music of Todd Allen. The Legend of Bily Goats Gruff featured all kinds of
puppets from rod to giant parade puppet, thrilling the live audiences for 22 minutes. The
11th century St George and the Dragon was recreated as a living bard puppet piece and
was performed for over seven years.
Each story tells children and families a new adventure from our very unique
and original land of Belvuria. Each of the interlocking shows is complete
within itself, a snapshot of the lives of the land's inhabitants, their trials and
tribulations. The series was designed to bring family audiences of all ages into
our fantasy world. They were performed in indoor live theatres which we
designed and built in Pacifica and Palo Alto, California, as well as touring to
the educational systems throughout the west coast.
We produced The
Adventures of Robin
Hood for Sherwood's
annual Robin Hood Days
glass, these unique
characters lifted off the
windows of an outdoor
chapel to battle foes in
this romantic legend of
The creative forces behind the theatre are Master
Puppeteer Steven M. Overton and Martin
Richmond. Other company members include
Michelle Brouse Peoples, Brittany Burton, Dan
DeMoy, Candace Dobson, Bill Holznagel, Geordie
Samantha Anne Maggio, Bobbi Overton, Wyatt
Peoples, Juste Rambo,
Steve Richmond, Jason Ropp, and Starr
The series features 17 interlocking episodes with
over 150 exquisite marionette characters- from
Dragons to Unicorns, Witches, Pixies, Faeries, a
King and Queen, and a Prince and Princess.
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