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Puppet Troupes  Steve Miller
 Jun 30, 2000 10:16 PDT 
Cara -
My advice is practice, practice, practice!

We had a PVC frame constructed with curtain material in contrasting
colors for drapes. It seemed to work well, until our branch had a
'real' puppet stage built into their meeting room when they constructed
a new building...

You can run puppet shows live, where the kids read and manipulate the
puppets, but that must, IMHO, be practiced. It can get hairy if someone
drops a script in the middle of a show.

Another method is to record the teens reading the script - that way they
can really throw themselves into the voices. Rehearse with the tape a
few times so you get the flow, then run it with the audience. This
allows the kids more time to focus on manipulation rather than

Good puppeteering does not need a stage or theater. Be enthused, and
practice the manipulations.

Does anyone recall if PUBYAC still has that archive of puppet scripts?

(who's spent too much time in theater)
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