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Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2008 12:07:17 -0500
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] The blueberry effect


Everyone's had some good suggestions so far, and I, too, immediately  
thought of some sort of inflatable apparatus as a solution.

Okay, here are some thoughts:

You could create some sort of inflatable vest (think along the lines  
of a life jacket, but that inflates to a larger size than your normal  
life jacket).  You might want the vest to inflate in two or three  
stages, so maybe a couple of valves for CO2 cartridges.  Here's a  
link that shows a bit what I'm envisioning:

http://www.guntheranderson.com/costuming/alice/alice-plumbing.htm

(except not just the boobs, naturally ;))

So anyway, Violet would start to inflate, then get bigger (and maybe  
even bigger), shock and chaos ensues, and perhaps she waddles  
offstage in a panic.  Wonka sends the Oompas after her, and they  
reenter rolling the fully-rotund Violet (puppet stand-in) and  
maneuver her across the stage.  I also love the idea of the shadow  
screen - I can see the Oompas bouncing her over their heads like a  
giant beach ball!

Anyway, best of luck and let us know how it turns out.

Anne



On Dec 31, 2007, at 5:32 PM, Klingelhoefer, Terri S wrote:

> Hello puppet congress,
>
> Today I have what I think is an interesting question: How to  
> produce the blueberry effect. Willie Wonka and the Chocolate  
> Factory is to be produced in Bloomington IN as a live musical at a  
> small community theatre. I was contacted to advise/assist with the  
> "How do we shoot a kid up a tube of chocolate and how do we grow a  
> giant blueberry" onstage questions. The tube thing I think I have  
> an answer with a cabbage patch style body puppet and a bunch od  
> chocolate colored cloth. The blueberry remains a problem. I am  
> thinking maybe a chinese lantern like thing with boning or a shadow  
> effect. Yes, when conventional wisdom can't cut it, they ask the  
> puppeteer.
> Ideas?
>
> Terri Klingelhoefer
> Klingel-Engle Puppets
> Ellettsville, IN
> 812-325-9326
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