Fox Folk Marionette Troupe

The Fox Folk Marionette Troupe will be performing a special Christmas show entitled “The Gift of the Princess” at the Apple Creek YMCA on Saturday, December 7, 2019. The morning show is at 11 am. A repeat performance is slated for 1 pm. This ancient folktale tells the story of the three wisemen who bring a special gift from one of their daughters: the little donkey Katan who helps baby Jesus’ family in an important way. This half-hour family-friendly show features 20 colorful, hand-crafted marionettes who have been telling the Christmas story in the Fox River Valley for 50 years. Come and see the magic of this Christmas tale.

Fox Valley Marionette

The Fox Folk Marionette Troupe is comprised of students from Fox Valley Lutheran High School and is one of the few surviving marionette performance teams in the Midwest and may be the only high school group in the nation. The troupe was established in 2004 and performs with marionettes that were hand-crafted by Bruce and Barbara Purdy and members at All Saints Episcopal Church in Appleton. The original marionettes were created in the 1960’s to share the message of Christmas and have performed for 50,000-plus people over the years.

Dave Payne serves as the Director of this group and is assisted by Co-Director Cassie Payne. The public is welcome. Enjoy a good, old-fashioned puppet show that has been a Christmas tradition in the Valley for 50 years.

Find out more at

The Apple Creek YMCA is located at 2851 E. Apple Creek Rd on Appleton’s far northeast side.

For more information, contact Dave Payne at or 920-560-5103.

 Fox Folk Marionette Troupe


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