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MuppetFest Schedule

Saturday December 8, 2001

Kirk Thatcher - MC

12:00 Doors Open
12:20 Live Muppet music

Opening Introduction by Kirk Thatcher

Note: The infamous Piggy video glitch occurred while the puppeteers clowned around on a backstage camera.

12:40 Brian Henson

The History of the Muppet Show
Moderator: Brian Henson Panel: Jerry Nelson, Martin Baker, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Amy Van Gilder, Paul Williams

1:35 Historic Henson Clips

Creature Shop - Overview of the Creature Shop: A 20-Year History with David Barrington-Holt

Note: Featured surprise appearance by Claudia Black of Farscape.

2:30 Jim Henson's Time Piece - Introduced by Lisa Henson
2:45 Bear from Jim Henson's Bear in the Big Blue House
2:55 Muppet Q & A - Muppet Performers and their Characters
3:45 Muppet Music Sing-Along with Jerry Nelson
Kevin Clash and Bill Barretta also performed with Jerry.

Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal Moderator: Martin Baker Panel: Brian Henson, Karen Prell, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Steve Whitmire, Jane Gootnick

Note: Due to other panels running long, this panel actually didn't get started untill about 4:15, and to make up for lost time there was no Q & A with the audience.

4:45 Historic Henson Clips
4:55 Creating the Classic Muppets Moderator: Bill Barretta Panel: Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Kevin Clash, Jerry Nelson, Amy Van Gilder, Jane Gootnick
6:00 Autographing session

Exhibit Area Activities

12:00 Look for Sweetums as you enter the Civic Auditorium
1:00 Bill Barretta and Kevin Clash Meet-and-Greet with fans
1:45 Meet-and-Greet with Bear in the Big Blue House

Sunday December 9, 2001

Craig Shemin - MC

12:00 Doors open and live Muppet music with the band
12:15 Opening introduction
12:20 Jane Henson's Presentation
Topic: 50's & 60's - The Years Leading Up to Sesame Street
1:05 Historic Henson Clips
1:15 Muppet Q & A - Performers and their characters
2:15 Kermit's Swamp Years
Moderator: Craig Shemin
Panel: Jim Lewis, Bill Barretta, Steve Whitmire, David Gumpel, Michael Polis and Rita Perucci

The Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of The Muppet Show
A retrospective of the magical moments of The Jim Henson Company
Hosted by Brian Henson and featuring Muppet performers

Note: This session was originally scheduled for 3:45, but was moved up in the program for the performers to get to the Palace Theater for one last rehearsal.


Creature Shop Part Two: Demonstration with David Barrington-Holt.
Topics of discussion include animatronics and motion-capture system.

Note: This session featured Bruce Lanoil and company performing Mr. Tinkles from Cats and Dogs singing "That's Life".

3:45 Virtual Muppet: Henson Digital Performance System guided by Kermit and Gonzo
4:15 Video Tribute to Jim Henson - Introduced by Charlie Rivkin
4:35 Live Muppet music with the band
4:50 Auction of Henson and Muppet Collectibles

You're the Star! - A puppeteering demonstration
Host: Victor Yerrid

Note: This included fans going on-stage and lip-synching with Muppets, as well as an appearance by Fozzie Bear.


Historic Muppet Clips

Note: Even though not listed on the program, the band played to conclude Sunday's events at the Civic Auditorium.

Exhibit Area Activities

Sunday's schedule specifically notes the museum area and how to get there.

1:10 Sweetums Meet-and-Greet and photo op in the courtyard (basically, in the middle of the vending area)
2:30 Bear in the Big Blue House Meet-and-Greet

Sunday Night at the Palace Theater

7:30 Guests arrive to mingle and eat

An Evening with the Muppets
The Muppet Show Live officially begins. Two hours later, fans are in awe of an incredible performance and receive 25th Anniversary Muppet Show gift bags. They included: a Muppet Show watch, 25th Anniversary t-shirt, Nanco Kermit, and a Muppet Show bag to carry all the gifts home.

Schedule Transcribed by Tom Holste

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