File puptcrit/puptcrit.0603, message 85


Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 15:31:12 -0600
To: puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppet show for Nutrition Education


Long ago, but not so far away, I wrote a kids show on Nutrition 
Education. It was back in the days of the "Wellness" lingo in 
healthcare and there was grant money to create and tour such things to 
elementary schools. The title did not give any clue or warning to the 
content, so the kids were not tipped off that what they were piling 
into the gym or multi-purposeless room was, in fact, educational. The 
dramatic (comedy actually) action of the show was basically a chase. 
Within the action were segments that looked sort of like commercials, 
some for fake junk food and some illustrating nutritional info. Kids 
really liked it. It was for live actors, but my experience is that 
anything live actors can perform can also be performed by puppets. And 
many things that would be difficult or impossible with live actors can 
be done with puppets.

The title was the name of the protagonist: WOW.
Wow was an alien or clown or trickster, visiting earth. Wow had lots of 
lines but all he ever said was "wow".
Wow's mentors/protectors/friends were 2 kids, Harry & Harriet (who 
called themselves"Harry & Harry".
The antagonists were 2 Advertising Executives (I forget their names, 
one male, one female). They could see how Wow appealed to children and 
wanted him as a product endorsement "spokesbeing" to sell processed 
food products to children.
I'd love to collaborate/license the show. If anyone is interested I'll 
dig up an old script (this was done pre-desktop computing)

mjm
"Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire." =96 Confucius

On Mar 5, 2006, at 12:42 PM, Jimsan777-AT-aol.com wrote:

>       I'd love to correspond with anyone who has an interest in 
> Nutrition
> Education programs using puppetry.   Have any of you seen a good 
> program?
> Worked on such a program?   Know of any scripts or processes?     
> Write to me
> privately unless you wish to discuss it on the board.   Jim Gamble
> Jim-AT-Jimgamble.com or jimgamble-AT-aol.com.   Thanks.
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