Faces in the Crowd: Markie Scholz

The life of a puppeteer may not be your typical career path, but for Spearfish woman Markie Scholz, it’s been her life's passion. She is anything but ordinary, as it takes a special personality to entertain families for over 50 years.

SPEARFISH, S.D. — A character change with the switch of a hand.

Markie Scholz

Markie Scholz

Markie Scholz has an expressive imagination and has used it to produce puppet shows to entertain and teach helpful messages to her audiences.

Markie is a teacher by trade, but puppeteering is her heart and soul.

Markie Scholz

Markie says, “I enjoy it so much – I learn so much from kids. I get to walk away from almost everything I ever do smiling and I think that is the best you can do with life.”
She has seen first hand how puppets help children open up and explore their personality.
Markie Scholz
“It just has been more fun than anything I could have imagined to do with your life, it is educational, it is…it allows people to explore themselves and figure out who they are and what they are,” adds Markie.
Her puppet theater company began 51 years ago with her and her sister traveling the U.S. and setting up shop. Her sister made all the puppets at that time. Dragons Are Too Seldom Puppet Productions is the idea that things that make you smile are too seldom.
Markie says, “It means dragons are too seldom, and unicorns and things that make you smile and make you happy and that it is all of our jobs to make that they are not so seldom and our theater does that, we have lots and lots and lots of dragons.”
Markie Scholz
Each show involves 15-20 characters that interact with the audience to get everyone involved in the story and the fun. She has created over 100 characters.
Over the past year, she has had to reinvent the show and do Zoom shows online. Her shows can be found on her website here.
Markie is hosting a puppet workshop Saturday, April 10 at the Matthews Opera House, with a puppet show to follow.
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