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Dalrymple and the Wild Daimons; a multi-media, musical theatre ensemble utilizing

puppetry, music, storytelling and silhouette film projections

 in order to spark the seeds of human imagination to grow wild with,


Each performance seeks to simultaneously educate, inspire and entertain by creating

bridges between the intuitive dream world and waking reality.

The enduring language of puppetry has become ever more relevant today,

in a technologically driven society which isolates us from one another and from ourselves, 

puppetry unhinges the door to the fantastic and reveals the instinctual need we have to believe in magic. 

The stories hidden in the shadows of our unconscious are there to remind us of the realm beyond words

where we can once again allow ourselves to be enchanted with the wonder that is life.

Dalrymple and the Wild Daimons use the theatre as a sacred space where the audience can

suspend disbelief and embark upon an immersive, interactive and participatory journey.

The mystical quality of this shared experience has the power to transform our world for the better. 

Meet The Team


Dalrymple MacAlpin

Artistic Director

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Angela Holm


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Benjamin Milner

Sound Technician

Audio Engineer

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Camen Hodges

Stage Technician



Michael Wronski

 Upright and Electric Bass

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Cory Van Kol


Jesse Krautkramer


Pamela Hodges

Stage and Set Design/Graphics

Jill Kelly


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Stephanie Molleman

Lighting Tech/Special Effects

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Dalrymple macalpin

From the dawn of his career in Detroit Michigan, singer, puppeteer, composer, storyteller and multi-instrumentalist, Dalrymple MacAlpin has been creating works stepped in the culturally rich heritage of mythology, folklore, faerie tales and the mystical traditions surrounding them. 


MacAlpin's body of work consists of eight studio albums and five multi-media musical theatre productions. Throughout his various creative disciplines, MacAlpin continually reinvents his characteristic approach to singing, song-writing, puppetry and the unconventional interpretation of his signature instruments, the piano, harp and guitar.



After recording his first album, March To The Sun in 2001, MacAlpin moved from Detroit to the historic gold-rush town of Nevada City, California where he founded the medieval/psych-folk ensemble, Lasher Keen. MacAlpin wrote, recorded and released six Lasher Keen albums between the years 2006 and 2015 on record labels, Pesanta Ur-folk and Crystal Cave Records. His 8th studio album, Make Believe was released in 2019. 


Inspired by Irish poet/playwright W.B. Yeats’ stage works, MacAlpin wrote, directed and scored his 1st production, The Middle Kingdom, in 2015. The Middle Kingdom is based on a 12th century love story from Irish mythology, Tochmarc Etaine.

His second production, Make Believe, debuted in 2019, based on the Sisters Wild, a real family of six sisters who lived next door to the preeminent folklorists, the Brothers Grimm. These often overlooked and uncredited sisters were responsible for many of the Grimm’s most enduring fairy tales.


​MacAlpin debuted his 3rd stage production in 2019, Illumination Tales: Poetic Magic From Ancient Ireland, Stories and Songs of Finn mac Cumhaill. This intimate bardic odyssey caters to a more personal facet of MacAlpin's artistic spirit, culling together his story and song craft into a cohesive and exhaustively researched program of harp ballads and dramatic interpretative tale telling over the course of three acts.


MacAlpin’s 4th staged work The Cauldron Crone, debuted in 2019. The Cauldron Crone is a retrospective, featuring previously produced selections from Illumination Tales, Make Believe, and The Middle Kingdom. The show also showcased the debut of a new work entitled, The Cauldron Crone.


​MacAlpin formed the ensemble, Dalrymple and the Wild Daimons in 2022 and debuted his 5th stage production, The Golden Thread: A Mystical Puppet Rock Opera in February 2024 at the Nevada Theatre. This production uses puppets MacAlpin designed and built after studying with Czech puppet master, Miroslav Trejtnar. The Golden Thread is loosely based on the Greek Myth of Er by Plato, The Welsh Hanes Taliesin by Elis Gruffydd and the 10th century Irish anonymous text, Buile Shuibhne. 


Throughout Europe and America, MacAlpin's live shows have found him sharing the stage/ working with artists such as: Terry Riley, John Ames, Motoko, Miroslav Trejtnar, Antonio Rocha, Bonnie Prince Billy, Faun Fables, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, In Gowan Ring, Dawn McCarthy, The Edmund Welles Quartet, Mellissa Auf Der Maur, Oz Fritz, Jeremey Cohen and many others.


MacAlpin has performed throughout the US and internationally at notable festivals and venues including, Noise Pop Festival, Café Du Nord in San Francisco, The New Parrish in Oakland CA, The Northwest Folklife Festival, The Sierra Storytelling Festival, The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, CA, The Star Theater in Portland Oregon and the oldest running play house west of the Mississippi, the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City, CA.


MacAlpin, along with his wife, son, six cats, 83 puppets (and counting) and an odd assortment of shape-shifting, daimonic muses has made a home for himself in The Dream Factory, a private studio located in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California.

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