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RE:[teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: August 02, 2007

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From: carl toonz (carltoonz_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Aug 03 2007 - 04:46:01 PDT


Oh....my, puppets scare me, they gave me night mares when I was a little
girl and I don't like the way they look.

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>TEACHERARTEXCHANGE Digest for Thursday, August 02, 2007.
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>1. Re: National Puppetry Festival at St. Paul
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>Subject: Re: National Puppetry Festival at St. Paul
>From: "Sidnie Miller" <SMILLER@elko.k12.nv.us>
>Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2007 12:12:17 -0700
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>San D, I'm so interested in this whole thing..I got on the site but I
>kept getting blogs
>about going to the convention--I couldn't seem to get any puppet
>performances??
>Tell me more about it? Do you just do this with an outside of school
>puppet group?
>What kind of puppets are you using? Sid
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> >>> "KPRS2" <kprs2@earthlink.net> 7/24/2007 10:06 am >>>
>Hi all
> I just came back from 6 days at the Puppeteers of America Puppet
>Festival.
>The Puppet Festival was AWESOME, OMG! I can't believe all that we saw
>and
>did. In has energized me ( I may NEVER retire!), and will take our
>puppeteering to a whole new level. Harrison (a sophomore in my high
>school
>and my head puppeteer) and I have designed our new show for next year,
>and
>we ain't your regular puppeteers no more. We saw the best of the best
>in the
>world, and more surprisingly to us, these master craftsmen/women stayed
>in
>the same dorms as we did, went to the same classes we did, and when
>they
>weren't performing they went to the same performances we did. They were
>very
>accesible to everyone, and even came up to Harrison to congratulate him
>for
>being a scholarship winner and welcoming him into the puppet arts. One
>thing
>the festival did do for us was to verify that we are on the right track
>with
>how we are growing, and given us purpose and direction. The festival
>resonated with my love for theater, and showed us many ways that we
>can
>bring theater into what we do, and take it past our vaudvillian
>efforts.
>While we now recognize that we were going in that direction, we realize
>that
>we had been tailoring our shows to the 4 minute Teen Arts Format, and
>thus
>limited what we could do. While we will never get to the 30 minutes +
>stage
>(because we know our immediate audiences couldn't sustain that) we will
>push
>up to 15-20 minutes with a narrative, and a strong ending. What I have
>been
>doing with the puppet club was honing their skills and I think they
>are
>ready for the next step. We plan to make a video of our next show and
>put it
>up on youtube, and also use it for Harrison's portfolio for college.
>While
>we were there we found out that most professional puppeteers can be
>broken
>into three camps, puppeteering for children's parties/schools,
>puppeteering
>for adult conventions/parties, or art puppeteering for audiences who
>actually Go to a puppet theater. While we have been thrust occasionally
>into
>children's work, we now realize that is not our focus, and we don't
>feel
>guilty about that anymore. And to that end, we both took workshops (we
>had
>to presign up for them, so I think we instinctively knew that we had to
>move
>on) that will let us focus on the art/theater element. I learned to
>cast
>heads by making silicone molds, and Harrison learned how to make a
>table top
>bunraku puppet (it is awesome), and to cast in plaster molds. We
>weren't
>allowed to take pictures or to take videos during the festival, but
>here is
>a link that shows you some of what we saw.
>http://www.pbc-productions.com/.
>Click on Puppet Rampage, I think there are 6 little videos.
>
>I know I have just been to something very magical, and that Harrison's
>life
>will never be the same.
>
>San D
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