Jun 30, 2000 10:16 PDT
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)