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Educational and professional development opportunities
at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
2015-16 Explore Puppetry Series
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*A minimum enrollment may be required for workshop
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*Limited to ages 16+ unless otherwise specified.
*A $5.00 Off Discount for select offerings in the Explore Puppetry Series is available to students and members of the professional arts community! Click this link for more information.
Behind the Mask: Designing and building in the Commedia Dell'Arte style - 2 Sessions
The mask was an essential tool that helped give birth to the art form of theater. The Commedia dell’Arte, an improvisational style of comedy in 16th century Italy, was the last great movement of the mask. Pick up where its history left off and make one of your very own in this two-session workshop!
Tabletop puppetry, a variation of Bunraku (the traditional Japanese style of overt puppetry), is a hallmark of all Thistle Theatre productions. This fun, participatory and collaborative workshop allows you to experience first-hand this challenging and rewarding style of puppetry!
Have you ever seen a puppet at an exhibit and just itched to get your hands on it while no one was looking? Well, here is your chance! We will get up-close and personal with rod puppet mechanisms in this hands-on, interactive workshop. Come and learn about springs, crazy levers, and Hansjurgen Fettig, all while getting "up under the hood" of rod puppets. Make a smooth-working moving mouth mech with an awesome lever that is super easy to replicate. A detailed workbook is available to all participants.
One of the greatest assets a puppeteer can have is a great relationship with his/her body. We’ll explore strength, balance, flexibility and fitness—all the tricks you can use to get your body fully integrated and up to the task of puppeteering!
Puppets in film have always had the ability to incite a sense of whimsy, wonder, excitement and dread--and it’s the sum of visuals and sound that create the magic. This engaging lecture will explore the sound design, voice acting, and other audio-related topics related to the most prolific puppet characters in films, including horror film stars Chucky, Predator and of course, the Gremlins!
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