WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
90.7 WMFE Silent Drive - Make Your Donation
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Spotlight: Local Puppeteer Keeps Magic Alive In Her Puppet Palace

Play Audio

Bonnie Robin Charyn. Photo by Crystal Chavez.

Bonnie Robyn Charyn has been entertaining crowds for 16 years in Central Florida with her puppet shows. She has more than a hundred puppets. Charyn said her productions appeal to children of all ages.

Charyn’s artistic talents were inspired by her late mother who was a singer. Her mother also made and dressed some of the puppets Charyn performs with today. Some of her gems she finds from estate sales. Bonnie’s Puppet Palace is a one-woman act. She writes her own material and songs.

Charyn said her goal is not only to entertain but to teach kindness, caring, respect and tolerance for others. She said she understands technology is important in today’s world but she wants people to remember we are not robots.

“We have a heart and a soul and we need to stay attached to our inner, to ourselves and that’s why the arts are so very, very important,” said Charyn.

In this impromptu performance at WMFE, Charyn gives us a sneak peak of “The Cowardly Dragon.”

“The Cowardly Dragon” story continues here:

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Crystal Chavez

About Crystal Chavez

All Things Considered Host and Reporter

Crystal Chavez comes to WMFE from Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, Texas. She served as the Morning Edition host in the Alamo City for the past three years. Crystal also produced a weekly radio program called Fronteras, providing in-depth reporting on U.S.-Mexico border issues, immigration and changing ... Read Full Bio »