Thursday, December 31, 2009

Rockin' with the Bossy Frog Band 12/30 Nyack theater

Ooh, was that fun. I have wanted to jam with the Bossy Frog Band for a few years, ever since Lily and I started being 'groupies' 2 or 3 years ago. I introduced the band with a little Big Bertha 'warm up' about listening, dancing and sitting as audience members, and then told a story in the middle (Baby wanted to 'accomplish' some things before the year ended-like climbing a mountain, riding on a giant fish's back, and putting her head into the mouth of a tiger) after a quiet song.
I introduced Big Bertha, a larger puppet than I usually use. I am in love with her-she's so squishy and bouncy. She definitely reminds me of my late Bubbe Lena. Big Bertha is a good dancer too! She has been riding around with me in the passenger seat of my car (seatbelt on of course) so that I could get used to her in different situations.
I was working from the stage, which is different than my usual audience immersion. By the second show, I think that I started to get the hang of it more-I have grown used to having the puppets interact intimately with the kids-shaking hands, coming right near their faces, and I can read the audience's reactions better.
I am super grateful that Jeffrey Friedberg invited me to work with him and the Milk and Cookies theater, raising money for the Rockland Parent Child Center. He's a truly gifted performer and sharing a stage with him and his band members was an honor. What a way to close out 2009! Happy New Year!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cure for the Winter Blues...

Now that I'm 39....

Hi party people! This upcoming week is going to be chock full of puppet fun. I'll be performing 2 shows at Lily's school (she has requested my Beastie Boys Chanukkah homage), filming a video, THEN-the Warner Library Chanukkah show, a joint show with the Gimmel class at the Hebrew Congregation of Somers on Sunday and another show that afternoon in CT! Yipparee!
And did I mention that Pete Kahn, from HCS, is helping me build a website? So exciting!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Third friday Show at Tarrytown Nursery School

We had so much fun dancing in the lobby at the nursery school. Tiger Tweetie practiced sharing with Mousie and Miss Rosie, we danced to some MJ's "Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough"-those preschoolers are DISCO princes and princesses, I tell ya'!-, we learned how to make a sock puppet, and Baby told us her favorite things about Tarrytown Nursery School! Good night from Jilly's puppets!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New shows coming up!

Hi there puppet fans! I am in 'production mode', making some new puppets, refurbishing some older ones, gearing up for my favorite show of the year-The Warner Library Chanukkah Show on December 12th at 3 pm. I will also be at the Tarrytown Nursery School open house on November 20th...stay tuned for the time.

I also am working on some instructional videos; I can't wait to show you! You won't believe 'em~
PS-I will be airing a summer show soon...just when you start to get depressed about winter coming!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur at Hebrew Congregation of Somers

Puppet children's services were so much fun-the synthesis of puppets and the holidays and the music and dancing-what an incredible experience! Here's what one congregant had to say:

I just wanted to say a heartfelt "thank you" for the amazing job you
did leading the children's services this year at HCS. My 5 and 7 year
olds were totally engaged by your energy, enthusiasm and creativity!
The puppets were awesome and your storytelling was fantastic. My kids
came away from the services with a stronger understanding and a really
positive feeling about Judaism. I couldn't ask for more! (Except to
beg you to do the kid's services EVERY year forever and ever.)

Thanks again, Jill!

Sydney and Matthew's mom

PS. I will always fondly remember the "Jonah got Vomited by a Whale Blues!"

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Come frolic with me for a rockin' puppet show and DANCE PARTY at the beautiful Millwood Swim Club. It's an oasis of fun, with toys and shade and cupcakes to decorate. Sat. Sept. 5th 2-6 pm
18 Sand St. Millwood, NY $7 per child...and VEGGIE BURGERS!!!!!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Third Friday at 'A Nu Toy Store'

Come at 5:45 (well, come earlier so that you can get a seat) for a Summer Show!!!! Word on the puppet street is that there will be puppet swimming, human swimming (imaginary, of course), dancing, and puppet behavior modification charts!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

This Friday, for Tarrytown's Earth Day themed First Friday, I will be performing at the Nu Toy Store-a venue which inspires FUN and liveliness. What better place to play than a toy store! Have you met Bookie Bird yet? He just returned from his winter travels with a new dance to teach us! C'mon, let me see you shake your tailfeather!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Jillly Puppets is a Green business!
Zero Emissions Travel!

Friday, March 6, 2009

I'm performing at the Elizabeth Mascia Childcare Center's winter festival tomorrow (3/7) at noon.  The event is raising $$ for the playground renovation.  Meet TWO new puppets!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Nu Toy Store Puppet Show

Toy Store 1

Toy Store 2

Toy Store 3

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Chanukkah Puppet Show Video! Warner Library 12/20
Chanukkah Show Part 1:

Chanukkah Show Part 2: