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Retired teacher brings puppetry to neighborhood children

A desire to keep her Moab neighborhood strong in the middle of a pandemic led Marsha Marshall to stage puppet shows from the front window of her home on 500 West several times in December and a few more times during the months of January and February.

The front window of Marsha Marshall’s home was the ‘stage’ for her COVID-19-safe puppet shows. Courtesy photo

Families would come, one by one, and once an entire preschool came to take a seat in her front yard, while she would manipulate the characters in the Jimmy Durante version of “Frosty the Snowman.”

The shows were dedicated to Fred Rogers, better known as the beloved Mr. Rogers. “This wasn’t religious,” she said. “I just want to help.”

Marshall spent a total of 30 years teaching mostly third grade in the Grand County School District. Hers was a career that began in 1977 and ended a decade ago. She said she would often use her puppetry skills and put on shows for her students after taking a class at the University of Utah in the late 1970s.

“It’s been very positive,” she said. “I gave kids a little entertainment and made sure only one family at a time came because of COVID.”

And while Christmas has come and gone until next time, Marshall said she still plans to do at least one more show, but she isn’t positive on a date, yet.

“Anything we can do to keep Moab’s neighborhoods strong, we should do,” she said.