File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 112

Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 13:27:14 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Puptcrit] Humanettes

Humanettes have been described in several Boy Scout
publications for both Cubs and older.  The summer camp
version typically takes two performers.  One
"puppeteer" does the head and the feet with a big
shirt buttoned around his neck, shorts pulled up over
his arms held by suspenders or the equivalent and
shoes (often wrongfooted) on his hands.  The second
"puppeteer" hides behind him (inside the shirt?) with
his arms under the first performers arms and in the
shirt sleeves.  Gloves help. So does rehearsal. 
Trying to eat something messy is always a good routine
since the "hands" can't see the mouth.  Song and dance
routines (with both "feet" off the ground at the same
time are also typical)  Gags which play on the fact
that the hands and the face belong to two separate
people seem to result naturally from this method.

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