Kevin, and his unique, completely original puppets, provide an interactive, musical, improvisational, all-ages fully interactive show. Kevin performs in his unique, refurbished material, hand-made puppet theatre. His shows have audiences laughing, singing, dancing, thinking, creating, and even directing the flow of the show! Every show can be customized to your needs.
Here's what people are saying:
"...wiggling, shaking, and singing with an excited crowd of children and parents. His energy was infectious. Playful and educational, I loved what The Kevin Kammeraad and Friends Puppet Theatre added..."
- Nicole J. Caruth, freelance writer and curator, Brooklyn, NY
"Our girls LOVED it! I think they requested to come every day but we had to explain we just couldn't make it downtown everyday! Loved, Loved, Loved the show."
- Jen Byrne, Parent
"Kevin's show very gently SCREAMS joy, fun, creativity, imagination and wonder. Watching Kevin's performance is kind of like opening a birthday present when you were six. It starts with the eager excitement of wondering what it could possibly be. Then there is the total joy of ripping into it with all your senses, followed by the thrill of keeping a gift you've never imagined."
- Robert W. Dean, Executive Director, Grand Rapids Children's Museum
"Kevin's dynamic performances keep kids engaged and laughing. Wielding a cast of puppets, including one of himself, Kevin performs songs and skits that kids and adults alike are compelled to watch. Be prepared to leave the show humming Kevin's catchy tunes...they'll invariably get stuck in your head!"
- Melody VanderWeide, founder of Grand Rapid's Online Family Guide
"Your passion is contagious!"
- Zoraida Velez, Parent
"The energy level and rapport with the audience was top notch!"
- Maggie Terryn, MomColoredGlasses
Kevin loves to write, draw, sing, make things, and wonder about possibilities. He is an award-winning artist and children's author of several books and CDs who loves to collaborate with other artists.
Kevin has been a full time performer, children's author, artist since 1999, after graduating from Grand Valley State University in 1998 with a degree in Film and Video Production. He is the author and illustrator of The Tomato Collection and I Remember. He is the co-author of This is a Square and A Curious Glimpse of Michigan (a 2006 Great Lakes' Great Books award nominee), a contributing illustrator of How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck?, and the co-producer of the music CDs The Tomato Collection: the Big Album (a 2002 Children's Music Web Award Winner), A Curious Glimpse of Michigan: the Music, and ...and a Happy New Year (a Mom's Choice Awards® Gold Recipient and winner of three other national awards). His newest CD, The Monkeys Go Marching (Simple Songs You Can Play Around With) won a 2012 Parents' Choice FunStuff Award.
Each year, Kevin brings his creativity and love of writing, art, music, and reading to elementary schools, libraries, festivals, and conferences all over the world. His programs are dynamic, age appropriate, educational, and simply down right fun. Through puppetry, music, poetry, audience participation, multimedia, and humor, Kevin captivates people of all ages. Since the start of his career, Kevin has visited over 1,000 elementary schools and offers many various presentations and shows.
In addition to Kevin's full touring schedule, he is currently performing regularly as an Artist in Residence at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum and at Gymco's Discovery Preschool. He is a Teaching Artist for VSA Michigan - Grand Rapids, part of their Early Childhood Art Exploration Program. He is also one of the children's music worship leaders at Madison Square Church.
In the fall of 2011, Kevin performed 114 shows in just 19 days for his 2011 entry into ArtPrize, one of the worlds largest art competition/events.
Kevin grew up in Holland, Michigan and currently lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, son, daughter, two cats, and two turtles in a home filled with books, music, friends, recycle bins, toys, and tortilla chips.
In addition to Grand Rapids, Kevin Kammeraad and The Cooperfly Puppet Troupe will also travel to Comstock Park, Grandville, Jenison, Belmont, Ada, Marne, Byron Center, Cannonsburg, Lamont, Caledonia, Hudsonville, Allendale, Jamestown, Rockford, Sparta, Coopersville, Conklin, Moline, Alto, Lowell, Dorr, Kent City, Burnips, Cedar Springs, Casnovia, Bradley, Middleville, Ravenna, Zeeland, Smyrna
and many other locations in and around the Grand Rapids area.
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