film in progress
Prelude on the Sea
(May 2023 release)
A mouse sets out to sea in hopes of finding meaning to his small life. When the sails push him in an unexpected direction, Aristotle finds himself facing a new set of circumstances.
What initially seems to be a mere question of survival becomes the answer to his quest.
(partially shot on location in Istria and Austria, the other half shot in my puppet studio!)
Photos coming soon!
one woman theater!
The Trap is a one-woman comedy about two women and one spider- their disappointments, dreams and survival in a challenging world.
The Trap is set to original jazz music, and is intertwined with masks and puppetry that weave the audience into the story.
Toadette, the puppet opera
Toadette, the Puppet Opera is a puppet-animated film by Kristin Hurst and Jack Dauner. It’s unusual style of puppetry and incorporation of Burgenland scenery have earned this debut film project several prizes.
Toadette was composed by my son when he was 13. I wrote the libretto. When the corona virus provided us with a lot of time at home, we decided to adapt the music for a puppet film We then built the show and shot it in our attic. Some friends recorded the singing parts, and Jack programmed the orchestra.
operetta in progress
Toadette is a comic operetta in one act with music by Jack Dauner and libretto by Kristin Hurst.
Previously produced as a puppet film, this tale of a passionate but forbidden love between a frog and a toad will now take the stage with live performances!
The Tin Cup
A street performance with puppets
Hurstie sees a hat that she would LOVE to buy in a store window. But the price is way too much for what this poor street musician (and not a very good one at that) earns.
Hurstie takes on a series of odd jobs in order to raise enough money to buy the hat.
Will she succeed?
2 masked characters with 2 matching puppets and 1 hungry fish in this very funny and sweet tale
One More Cookie
Not too Close
to the Sun
thoughtful shows for kids
Bird's Eye View, The Disappearing Grapes, What Color is Water?,
I Miss You, and more...
original video stories for ages 5 and up
Here's Jack and Abel!
Bird Song 1 and 2, Knick Knack Paddy Whack, Firetruck!, The Leaf Song, and more! Join Jack and Abel on the piano for original and classic kid's songs!
for ages 3 and up
The Echo Machine, Da Vinci Days, Fishing, and many more...
classic hand puppet shows with charming and insightful stories
for ages 6 and up