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Salute to the creator behind Oz’s China Doll

Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Our congratulations to Mr. Phillip Huber. Phillip grew up in Dixon and graduated from Dixon High School.

He is a non-pretentious person who would never give praise to himself or self promote his accomplishments. He dedicated his life to entertaining people through The Huber Marionettes.

Phillip began his work at an early age – constructing, painting and costuming marionettes. He gave them life through his unique choreography and design. In his youth, a friend, David Herzog, joined him to produce shows in Dixon, thus developing and perfecting their craft.

Today, Phillip is a nationally acclaimed master in his field, teaching the love and mechanics of his art. He performs on the elite cruise ships. He has performed with stars like Tommy Tune and Sandy Duncan’s Christmas Show – where he introduced “Taffy – The Pick of the Litter.”

He currently performs in the new Disney movie – “Oz The Great and Powerful.” For this movie, Phillip created, costumed, and worked the China Doll, a major part of the story.

With all of Phillip’s world-renowned accolades, Dixon should recognize him as an honored alumni – one who has achieved celebrity status and one who lifts Dixon’s good name.

Note to readers – James and Sharon Wiltz were teachers of Phillip Huber in his youth.

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