The following is for those seeking the services of Atlanta Puppet for
Birthdays are defined here as celebratory events focused on one person, funded
by parents or relatives of birthday celebrant, with anticipated audience numbering not
more than 50.
Birthday Combos (2 or more celebrants or families combining), Family Re-unions,
Receptions, Company / Corporate Sponsored Anniversary / Family Days, and School /Church /
Synagogue Family Functions are different categories not
covered by terms, conditions, and costs described here. Please refer to pages elsewhere on
this site using the Site Map.
$ COST $:
We give special consideration to families in the celebration of a loved one's birthday.
Therefore, the cost for a Birthday performance is comparatively lower than the cost
charged to schools, festivals, or other venues.
you live in the Atlanta Metro area, the cost for a Birthday Party performance is $225.
Cash is preferred. Costs for locations outside of the Metro Atlanta area are higher
depending on distance and / or travel time.
We emphasize: cash is preferred. Please see Deposit and Payment method
The preferred show for a birthday is the Circus Puppet show. It is in a variety format
so it is time-adjustable from 25 min - 40 min. depending on the age of the audience (40
min. is typical for an audience of children 4 years old). Our shows are for general or
Grownups are encouraged to attend. There is a degree of humor, sophistication, and skill
presented that will keep your adult guests from feeling "trapped in a kiddie
show". You can feel confident they will thank you afterward for the experience.
The line-up of puppet routines in the show generally includes as a base:
1. The French Clown Dancer
2. Top Hat Bones Skeleton
3. A Quartet of Dancing Unicorns
4. Beartie, the Juggling English Teddy Bear
5. Friedrich and Frieda, Bavarian Polka Dancers
6. The Mountain Bunny Family - Pa plays fiddle; Ma rides unicycle and juggles; Junior does
Other performance routines that can be included:
1. Boris, the Dare-Devil Ramp Jumper (depends on performance space available)
2. Italian Duet with Sir Andrea (Knight) and his horse Sarah
3. Pierrot Squirt Puppet (best for outdoors on warm days)
4. Roger, the Dare-Devil Cat Puppet launched by Catapult
ADDTIONAL ITEMS INCLUDED WITH PERFORMANCE:
Present for Birthday Child - At the end of the show the birthday child receives a
gift from Atlanta Puppet.
Flyer Announcement - We will also send you a flyer announcement that you
can print out and use for your invitations. The flyer announcement will feature your
child's name, party address, phone number (optional), show title, date, time guests should
arrive for the show, and picture of one of the puppets from the show. The flyer
announcement will be sent in an easily downloadable JPG file to an e-mail address you
BOOKING A PERFORMANCE
We strive to make booking as easy a process as possible for you:
- Our first suggestion is to use our Fast Fill Form at the link Fast-Fill
- You can use the Site Map to find a link to a
calendar. Check the calendars posted there to see if the date you have in mind is
available. If so, you can send an e-mail request directly from the calendar page. Please
use "Puppet Booking" as the subject line to insure your e-mail is opened first.
- You can also call us at 770 621-9162. If we are not there, please leave a message
with return phone number.
We highly recommend the Fast Fill Form or e-mail method as it puts things in writing and
avoids the confusion of message accidently deleted, running out of recorded message time,
bad phone connection, etc.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT METHOD
If it is determined your date and time are available, there are 2 ways to hold a date and
time for your event:
1. A non-refundable check for half the total amount of the performance ($95) will be
2. Or a money order for half the total amount of the performance ($95)
The deposit check / money order should be made out to and mailed to:
1292 Idlewood Road
Tucker, Ga. 30084
Please Note: The check / money order should be made out to the name "Peter Hart"
only. Do not make the payment out to "Atlanta Puppet".
We will notify you immediately upon receipt of the deposit check/ money order.
Dates will be held firm only after the deposit has been received by us.
For e-mail bookings, the date will be labeled "In Negotiation" on the calendar
pending receipt of the deposit check. This label will apply for the date for 5 work week
days. The date will be re-opended if the deposit check is not received at the end of the 5
If using recycled envelopes from business mail (or envelopes with your employer's name) to
mail the deposit, please hand write clearly: BIRTHDAY on bottom left corner of envelope so
it will not be confused as being junk mail and disposed
IF USING CHECK FOR DEPOSIT
At the time of the performance, the deposit check will be returned to you in exchange for
cash in total (including travel fees if applicable).
IF USING MONEY ORDER FOR DEPOSIT
At the time of the performance, cash or a separate money order will be due for the balance
of the total (including travel fees if applicable). Once again, cash is preferred.
Please see Birthday Party Performance Diagram
Set-up time for the show is approx. 45 minutes. Take-down time is approx. the same. It is
recommended the show be set up in an area separate from other party activities
(refreshments, other attractions or entertainers, or birthday present collection areas).
LOAD IN / LOAD OUT
An Atlanta Puppet performance involves a number of elements (sound system, staging, etc.)
to insure you are getting the most professional, fully equipped production for your
special event. All of these elements must be transferred from our vehicle to the
In consideration of this, please provide 2 adults for assistance if the process of load-in
and load-out involves negotiating stairs, unpaved paths, or steep grades.
This will greatly facilitate the load-in process, insure the performance time is met, and
prevent the image of an exhausted performer on stage in front of your guests. All elements
are either on wheels or may be hand-carried. There is no heavy lifting involved. Depending
on terrain and obstacles to be negotiated, the process should not take more than 10
minutes of the adults' time.
SET UP ACTIVITY FOR CHILDREN
The arrival and set up of the puppet show can be a source of activity involving your
birthday child and guests. If the birthday celebrant(s) is 4 year old or older, and the
visiting children guests are also of the same age range, they can participate in the set
up of the show. They will be instructed in light duties regarding setting up and
decorating the stage. This has proven to be effective in making the birthday celebrant
(and guest children) feel connected with the event and provides a simple solution to a
child's curiosity about what is going on. It can also provide good video or photo
EASY BIRTHDAY FORMAT
An easy format most birthday hosts follow for their event:
-Puppet Show arrives and begins load in 15 minutes prior to guests arriving
-Guests arrive and spend 30 minutes socializing and orientating themselves
-Puppet Show is performed
-Refreshments are served in separate area. Puppet Show begins take down
-Presents are opened or games played in separate area. Puppet Show begins
-Guests begin to depart. Puppet Show is loaded out, payment received, and
CREATING A "CIRCUS THEME" PARTY
The preferred Circus Berzerkus show has the advantage of being able to fit into
any party event as a charming feature attraction regardless of the party theme.
You may wish to enhance the
event by creating an overall Circus Theme with co-ordinating party supplies.
Our past clients have
recommended several sources for ideas and party supply vendors. Click on the links below
to go to specific web pages:
theme party supplies from Oriental Trading Company -
theme supply and party favor from PlumParty -
- Carnival type party games and prizes by Small Toys
A note about video: We respect the wish of those who want to record moments in their
family's life for posterity. We have developed guidelines that should be followed when
video taping is present during one of our performances. We feel the guidelines allow for
the maximum comfort of the audience while still giving an opportunity to capture moments
of the event.
- The person(s) video taping must be aware of not blocking the view or distracting the
audience with their presence during the performance.
- It is advised to those wishing to video tape the event to include audience reactions
(particulary the children and birthday celebrant).
STILL / DIGITAL PHOTOS
Still photos are welcome during the performance and we will gladly allow extra time for
posing of the puppets with your guests after the performance.
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Contact : Peter & Mary Ann Hart ph: 770 621-9162