File puptcrit/puptcrit.0412, message 35

Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 21:50:46 EST
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] 3 Elements & other stuff (was: Puppets and Politics)

Hi.  I'm a puppeteer who works exclusively with caberet marionettes.  I have 
been involved in pupetry for more than 60 years, and more than 30 years as a 
full-time professional.  In the begilnning, I used several different kinds of 
puppets - hand puppets, rod puppets, some shadows, as well as marionettes.  I 
discovered early in my career that there were as many - if not more adults in 
my audiences than children due to the fact that adults had to bring the 
children.  And at that time since I was performing mostly in shopping malls, there 
were many very young children who did not possess enough vocabulary to follow a 
fairy tale. When my own children were young, I would observe them wahching 
children's shows on TV. and they would be doing anything except watching the show 
until a commercial would come on. The commercials would be fast moving, 
colorful action with lots of music.  So I then started doing musicl variety shows 
caberet style.  I found that the children didn't really see me or my 
co-puppeteer as their eyes would be glued to the marionette, and the parents, many 
times, were interested in what we were doing to make the marionettes do "their 
thing".  I'm sure not everyone will agree with my reasoning, but I was able to 
make a very good living for those 30+ years.   GFC - pupets 
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