File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 18

Subject: RE: [Puptcrit] wedding puppets
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 20:54:10 -0400

When I married back in 1984, my good friend, Gwen Bell (who recently passed
away) did a wonderful puppet show for our reception along with her
daughter. It was very touching and people were really impressed. Now, let
me tell you what my new principal said in her "go get them" speech the
other day....I want to see teaching and learning, not some old puppet
show.......I almost threw up on that children can really learn
a lot from creating a script, fashioning the puppets and performing. Who
does she think she is, anyways?


"The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
-Walter Bagehot

"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the
choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape
ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make
are ultimately our own responsibility."-----Eleanor Roosevelt

"Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are
dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do
it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many

-Michael Landon

> [Original Message]
> From: Alan Cook <>
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> Date: 9/1/2005 11:52:42 AM
> Subject: [Puptcrit] wedding puppets
> Many years ago, I presented the world premiere and only performance of
GOLDILOCKS & PRINCE CHARMING in our family's living room for invited guests
One guest had never ever seen a puppet show (culturally deprived!!!!)
> Goldilocks was forced by an evil witch to work endlessly in the Tower of
the Recreation Dept of our little city (South Pasadena CA). One day Prince
Charming arrived in his Austin Healey sports car, saw her visage in the
window and immediately fell in love and rescued the distressed damsel.
> Of course my sister Laurel worked at the Rec. Dept. at the time, and Fred
(her boyfriend) drove an Austin Healey, but only ONE person in the audience
(who had been my Hi School ART TEACHER) had an inkling where the show plot
was going. I could hear her murmering "ahaaaa". The rest of the audience
didn't "get it" until the King announced to all his citizens that his son
would marry Goldilocks and live happily ever after. Then the rest of the
audience also murmered "ahaaaa...". We used one of the Brandenburg
Variations by Bach with all the trumpets as background for the ending.
> The show kept the attention of the audience. We must have done something
right because Laurie & Fred are still married. 
> Maybe this will provide some ideas for a wedding show?
> Our show was reported in the South Pasadena Review social columns and
provided a nice change of pace from the standard reports of engagements and
weddings.---ALAN COOK
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