File puptcrit/puptcrit.0510, message 60

Date: Wed,  5 Oct 2005 10:42:10 -0600
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Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] style

We are hardly professional puppeteers, but we do use many types of puppets, often mix them and often perform in full view of the audience (classes and public)in a library setting. My experience has been that the audience is so focused on the story and manipulation of the puppets that YOU simply disappear. At the end of one of our programs, children want to see the puppet, not the puppeteer. This is also the case for performances done behind a stage (shadow, hand puppet, rod puppet, etc.)
What is more important than where the puppeteer is,(it seems to me) is the story and the type of puppet that will best tell the story and the manipulation of the puppet.

Once again, I must thank the many people on this list who have helped me when I have encountered difficulties with constructing puppets. Our programs are so much better because of your advice.

Gary Tisdale
Saskatoon Public Library
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Robert Rogers" <>
Date:  Tue, 4 Oct 2005 09:15:16 -0400

>Here's a question I'd like to put out there:
>Trends come and go, but there's one that in my opinion is hanging around 
>much too long and I'm afraid that it will become an established, legitimate 
>I'm referring to puppet theater performances in which the puppeteer not only 
>works in full view of the audience, but deliberately calls attention to him 
>or herself.
>There are too many people who have limited puppetry skills who nevertheless 
>get up on stage and make the act of puppetry - not the art - the focus of 
>the audience's attention.
>That's like a violinist who, before playing a piece of music says, "I don't 
>know how to play the violin but I have the right attitude.  So watch me 
>What do you think?
>Robert Rogers 
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