The Spit Boy Meets Governor Tryon

Today New Bern Puppets presented the show “The Spit Boy Meets Governor Tryon” at the North Carolina History Center as part of “Family Days.” Nine performances were given. Children and adults were able to watch the shows while munching on hot dogs and sipping cans of Pepsi-cola, provided by Tryon Palace. It was a wonderful day and many children were enchanted by the marionettes

The puppet stages were set up in the Gateway Gallery in the North Carolina History Center. Cloths were hung on string to hide the puppeteers from view. Pictured are the kitchen scene and the Council chamber.

A behind-the-scenes shot with Cyndi and I performing. An audio headset system was used to allow people in the audience to better hear while additional lighting helped brighten up the scenery and marionettes.

People gathered around tables to watch the shows.

After each show, children were allowed to handle the puppets and shown how to manipulate them. One young man so enjoyed playing with the dog marionette. It was a joy seeing children’s interests in puppetry.


Dennis Listermann-Vierling

Dennis became interested in puppetry in 1968 at a young age. Later, his first business called “Lilies of the Field Marionettes” was featured May 18, 2009, on “Roy’s Folks” airing on WGHP Fox 8 News.

Dennis Vierling in red outfit