Part of the stage will be Sergio's Cook's Station. Sergio, as you remember, is a hand puppet about 3 ft tall. I'd like the station to look like a cafeteria line since he is the ship's cook. You can see in the drawing above that this would be a great design to hide the puppeteers, who will also be playing the Marine Puppet Band during songs. This way, if the station can hide at least 2 people, one person can play Sergio and a simple puppet like the lobster finger puppet and the other person can play the Octopus Singer and another the Squid stick puppet. I think it will work nicely.
I kick myself for recently giving away an Ikea bench that would be perfect for this, D'oh! Oh well. I didn't really have room for it in my apartment. It would have probably been too small anyway. What I need is something more like this: