File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 98

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Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 12:41:22 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Humanettes

"L'Oeil de Rosinna" is a great puppet show by a local company called Theatre 

They use a humanette for an old lady puppet, for the secnes when she is 
standing up. From memory, I'd say the puppet was only the head and torso.
For sure, the puppet head was on handle, the puppeteer's legs were those of 
the puppet.

Sorry I can't describe the harnessing system more, but it surely was simple, 
I remember no complexities, and this company is always very efficient.
Perhaps a simple belt.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alan Cook" <>
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Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:53 AM
Subject: [Puptcrit] Humanettes

> Humanettes appeared in the Jeanette McDonald/Nelson Eddy b/w movie, 
> "Naughty Marietta".
> There used to be a lot of book references to humanettes in publications 
> with  multiple activities aimed at boys & girls: magic, crafts, classroom 
> projects, summer camp activities. Some scouting handbooks had info on this 
> puppet form.
> The instructions are generally SIMPLE (not a lot of detail). Some 
> basically had FLAT bodies of heavy cardboard and cloth with a couple of 
> strings at the neck which the performer wears like a giant bib. The 
> fancier versions were more dimensional bodies.  Either way, the 
> performer's left hand works the puppet left hand or left foot (tho an 
> assistant can also work the feet). Paul Winchel animated his vent dummies 
> using variations of humanette techniques.
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