File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 154

Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 15:40:28 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Call for Puppeteers for Young Ones

mjm Wrote:
 >Having done lots of outdoor performing as well as rather (12" - 16")
 >large puppets, I have for quite some time, longed to explore an
 >"inflatable: or "air-supported" stage/audience are along with large and
 >small "inflatable: and "air-supported" puppetry. Anyone doing this?

I've had similar thoughts, but never really pursued it.

Bits-n-Pieces puppet theater in Tampa Florida has used inflatable 
scenery for their large scale puppet shows. 
(the pictures of the shows that now use the inflatables has the old 
version with painted flats)

It seems a really great way to fill a larger stage area.  It can be a 
push-button scene change if you plan for it.  I spoke with Holly 
Brook of Bits-n-Pieces, and she said they were initially concerned 
about the noise of the fan, but it turned out to not be an issue.  I 
didn't hear the fan at all in the 300 seat theater in which I saw 
their production.

I've certainly seen some wonderful advertising inflatables.  Most of 
them are cartoon-ish, but many are very realistic.  I've sketched out 
a few ideas for puppet related stages, but never implemented them.

Joe Dunfee
Gordonville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 

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