It’s been years since the Mesner Puppets show performed in Lincoln, where former resident Paul Mesner lived and created his first characters before moving to Kansas City, Missouri, in the 1980s. On Thursday, two Lincoln libraries will host free performances of the Mesner Puppets’ take on the “Old Mother Hubbard” nursery rhyme.
Puppeteer Mike Horner (also a former Lincoln resident) said they wrote the show from the point of view of the poor dog that initially wanted a bone but then gets into some stranger situations a few stanzas in. Much like Snoopy used to ride his doghouse, thinking it was a World War I fighter plane, Old Mother Hubbard’s dog loses himself in his imagination, Horner said.
“It’s really just pure fun and silliness and a little bit of absurdity, too,” said Horner, associate art director of Mesner Puppets.
Without giving too much away, Horner said the Mesner Puppets show throws a bit of a modern take on the early 19th century poem. (A fight scene with a cat might be inspired by a soon-to-be rebooted sci-fi franchise.)
Thursday's shows are 2 p.m. at Eiseley, 1530 Superior St. The second begins at 6:30 p.m. at Gere, 2400 S. 56th St. Both shows are free of charge.