File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 154


Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 15:40:28 -0400
To: puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
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. http://puppetworld.com/ 
(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  joe-AT-dunfee.com
Gordonville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 

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