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Christmas play with marionettes

Show to be held in Weyauwega

The Fox Folk Marionette Troupe of Fox Valley Lutheran High School will present “The Search for the King” at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at St. Peter Lutheran School in Weyauwega.

An updated version of “The Other Wiseman” by Henry Van Dyke, this half-hour family-friendly show will feature more than 20 colorful, hand-crafted marionettes.

Animals and Bible characters will take the stage to tell the story of Artaban, a “wise” man with a truth to share.
This performance is one of the group’s Senior Showcase events.

Fox Valley Lutheran senior Aidan Smithson has been involved with the puppet team for the past several years.

He will return to perform at St. Peter, where he graduated from four years ago.

Smithson will be joined by 11 other FVL students.

The troupe is directed by Dave and Cassie Payne, and is an extracurricular club at the high school.

The marionettes being used have been sharing the Christmas story in the Fox Cities for more than 50 years.

They debuted in December of 1965.

The story of “The Other Wiseman” was one of the original shows performed by the original troupe.

It was also the first show performed by the marionettes when they were donated to Fox Valley Lutheran High School in 2004.

Visit fvlhs.org/marionettes to learn more about the troupe and its history.

St. Peter Lutheran School is located at 312 W. Main St., in Weyauwega.

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