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Madcap Puppets entertain at Des Plaines library

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  • Beula Bugbottom, played by Emily Marsh, is surprised by a talking rat during the "Enchanted World" show Sunday by the Madcap Puppets at the Des Plaines Public Library. Traveling showman Silas B. Thislewig, played by Chance Kilgour, entertained children and families with fairy tales using giant puppets.

       Beula Bugbottom, played by Emily Marsh, is surprised by a talking rat during the "Enchanted World" show Sunday by the Madcap Puppets at the Des Plaines Public Library. Traveling showman Silas B. Thislewig, played by Chance Kilgour, entertained children and families with fairy tales using giant puppets.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Children laugh at the puppets during the "Enchanted World" show by the Madcap Puppets Sunday at the Des Plaines Public Library. Traveling showman Silas B. Thislewig, played by Chance Kilgour, entertained children and families with fairy tales using giant puppets.

       Children laugh at the puppets during the "Enchanted World" show by the Madcap Puppets Sunday at the Des Plaines Public Library. Traveling showman Silas B. Thislewig, played by Chance Kilgour, entertained children and families with fairy tales using giant puppets.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

A few small children screamed and rushed to their parents as a 7-foot-tall puppet stepped out from behind the curtain. But most of the kids just watched in awe and excitement during the "Enchanted World" show performed by the Madcap Puppets Sunday at the Des Plaines Public Library.

Traveling showman Silas B. Thislewig, played by Chance Kilgour, and Beula Bugbottom, played by Emily Marsh, are entertaining audiences across the country using their collection of puppets to tell classic fairy tales that have been gathered from around the world.

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"Kids love it," said puppeteer Kilgour. "It's really fun to see how much fun they get out of the puppets in the show. We have Muppet-y style puppets and they are more kid friendly."

The show featured fairy tales including "The Goblin's Silver Ring," "Tales of the Arabian Nights" and "Sleeping Beauty."

The crowd of about 90 laughed and gasped as different puppets performed.

"I love it," Amy Enright of Des Plaines said as she held her two-year-old son, Brycen. "This is the first puppet show that he has been to and he is handling it pretty well."

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