File puptcrit/puptcrit.0603, message 83


Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 11:01:18 -0600 (CST)
To: puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppet kidnapped from parked car


yikes! what a revelation. I always thought that the puppets were ugly but
I never was in a position to ask if I might manipulate one. Amazing to me
how the preachy/teachy crowd can command that kind of money for their
product.

On Sun, 5 Mar 2006, Andrew wrote:

> Funnily enough, I was Artistic Director at Concerned Kids while they were
> making a transition after the founder had to leave. They're the largest Kids
> on the Block affliated program in the world as far as I know and do an
> absolutely  insane number of shows. It's been cut back because of funding
> issues but the year I was there we put together fourteen (14!) different
> puppet shows in two and half months with 40 volunteers who had no prior
> puppetry experience. Great program and the volunteer puppeteers are great
> people and very committed.
>
> The real crime if you ask me is that Kids on the Block charges $1,000 for
> one of those Joanne puppets. They're poorly built, extremely difficult to
> operate and the quality of the work with the puppets is disgusting. They
> also lock groups like Concerned Kids who work with them in to very one-sided
> contracts that only allow them to buy puppets from them (KotB) at prices
> they set.
>
> - Andrew
>
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