Eulenspiegel Puppets to present "Sal Fink" June 19

For immediate release May 30, 2007


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – Children of all ages are invited to the State Historical Museum this month to see a production of “Sal Fink” by the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater.

Appropriate for children in grades K-6, “Sal Fink” will be presented at 10 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. June 19, 2007 at the State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Admission to the 45-minute two-person show is $5 per person at the door.

“Sal Fink” is a fantastical story that celebrates Iowa rivers and prairies starring the title character as an Iowa folk heroine and legendary daughter of Mike Fink, the mighty keel boatman.

Sal navigates the rivers riding on the back of her pet catfish, Nishnabotna, and outsmarts a bear, vanquishes a vindictive snake and plays fetch with her pet pig, Suey. While still in diapers, Sal tames a tornado and saves her dad from drowning. The production features live music written and performed by Iowa musician Ron Hillis. With a chorus of sound effects and harmony singing, this performance will leave audiences humming.

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre was founded in 1974 as a touring puppet troupe. Founding member Monica Leo was joined by Teri Jean Breitbach early in 1975, and the two have performed together since. Eulenspiegel has been active in the Iowa Arts Council’s Artist in the Schools and Communities Program since 1977.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, the company was also active in Wyoming’s Artist in Education Program. From 1981 through 1991, the puppeteers toured on the Iowa Arts Council’s Summer Touring Arts Team. In 1989, Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Co. was incorporated as a non-profit, tax-exempt arts organization for the purpose of providing high quality performances and workshops, educating the public about the art of puppetry, and establishing a regional puppetry center.

Through the years, Leo and Breitbach have experimented with almost every type of puppet imaginable, have collaborated with musicians, playwrights, directors, designers, and other theater companies, and have worked tirelessly to hone their art form. They have performed at five national Puppeteers of America Festivals, 15 regional P of A festivals, a national festival in the former German Democratic Republic in 1987 (the only company invited from a non-Communist country), international festivals in Austria, Japan, and the Czech Republic, and a national festival in Germany.

In addition, Eulenspiegel has toured Germany, Japan, Austria and 21 states. Eulenspiegel is known for witty scripts, original and expressive puppet designs, soft-sculpted, hand dyed scenery, evocative music, and strong graphics.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at


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