Need a frog puppet? There are a couple of options.
First, Chatsworth Rising Sun has this one made using an accordion folded paper.
My usual go-to, though, is a variation on this one. I like to add legs to mine, though, for extra frogginess.
Niagara’s Shaw Festival returns this year, bringing with it the puppet show “A Short History of Niagara.”
The show is created and performed by Mike Petersen and Alexandra Montagnese and directed by Tim Carroll. It runs through August 15.
The play hits all the highlights of the history of the region, while being nonverbal.
In spite of not speaking, the puppeteers cover the Maid of the Mist, going over the falls in a barrel and the Shaw Festival itself.
“Little Amal,” a 12-foot puppet, began her nearly 5000-mile journey as part of her theatrical project called “The Walk.”
Amal, whose name means “hope” in Arabic, was made by Handspring Puppet Company, the company behind “War Horse.”
The puppet is crossing 8 countries to highlight the plight of refugees and especially refugee children
She started in Turkey and will finish her journey in England.
She requires four puppeteers to manipulate, one for each arm, one for the back, and one on stilts inside the puppet. The internal puppeteer also operates the facial features using strings called “the harp.”
In each place she visits, local artists will put on cultural programs.
Adrian Kohler, one of the founders of Handspring Puppet Company, said, “Because it’s an outdoor event, ‘The Walk’ has the potential of bringing people together again. At a moment when theaters are struggling to re-open this is something everyone can be a part of.”
After a crazy long hiatus, I have returned to writing my blog. Stay tuned to this space for my thoughts and news about acting, puppetry, singing, voice over, and whatever other fun things I may want to share with you. Today, enjoy this picture of me in front of Swan House at the Atlanta History Center. This is blog-worthy because I was in town on a trip to play the Center for Puppetry Arts to perform as a member of Thistle Theatre.
Also, Swan House was used as a setting for the Hunger Games movies. So see? Acting and puppetry everywhere.
Thanks for coming by. Stay tuned!