The Moose Will Be Loose Puppet Theater's New Year Kicks off with Perennially Favorite Character

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The yuletide season isn't over yet at Kramer Marionnette Theater. "Christmas in the Toyshop" is winding down, but not the puppeteers.

They're gearing up for "Marvin's New Musical Revue," featuring longtime Kramer character Marvin the Moose. That show will begin Jan. 5, followed by the return of "Sloupy's Big Romance" on Feb. 10.

The theater's busy schedule is designed to attract large audiences--and encourage repeat customers. "Some people think we're like the new polio vaccine: One shot is enough," says Doug "Dug" Feltch. He began his partnership with Bob Kramer 20 years ago.

Feltch believes puppetry should be a form of entertainment that people never outgrow. His travels as a puppeteer have taken him around the world, to countries as near as Canada and as far away as Russia. He regards the European theater tradition as an admirable example.

"In Europe, puppetry is the way children are introduced to the theater. Theater becomes part of their lives."

According to Feltch, American theater companies can compete with television and other electronic venues by offering audiences early exposure to staged entertainment. …