File puptcrit/puptcrit.0604, message 138

Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2006 11:50:07 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Advice for Puppetmaking with Children

Have fun.   The jugs sound like a great way to have them hold them.   
don't worry about too much manipulation, how old are the kids?  liz
On Apr 12, 2006, at 10:10 AM, Olivia Huff wrote:

Dear Friends,
I am currently teaching a puppetry course through Very Special Arts.
I have 26 or 27 children from a regular class and disabled class
combined, along with their teachers, who have joined me on an
adventure through the various forms of puppetry.  We have a public
performance in Mid-May which I have started to prepare for.

I'm thinking of "Who's in Rabbit's House" done with "bunraku" style
puppets (in that they are big puppets, requiring 2-3 children per
puppet).  I thought building heads on plastic jugs with handles might
be an easy way for the children to control the head.  Any advice from
those who have experience in this?  Hints on building up the head,
getting effective manipulation, etc?  I  intend at this moment to do
papermache (alla Mr Bottomley with the paper bags).  I know I'll be
doing the bulk of the work with students doing a little bit of each
of the steps for the experience of contributing to making the puppets.

Any advice you might have would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Olivia Huff
Tinker's Coin Productions
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