File puptcrit/puptcrit.0803, message 12

Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2008 21:46:24 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppet superstars!

All this talk of puppets and rock and not one of you puptscholars 
mentioned the name Big Nazo. That company out of Providence RI is the 
closest thing the puppet world's got to an arena rock act.
Check out the video clips on their website and you will see just what I 
mean. Yay, Ermenio!


On Feb 29, 2008, at 1:54 PM, Michael Dowell wrote:

> Hi Michael Richardson,
> Glad to hear you had that awesome AHA! moment with the
> writing/puppetry workshop. Those moments are so
> valuable. As artists, I believe we live for those
> moments.
> I agree wholeheartedly that finding the emotional core
> is essential to any great theatre -- family shows or
> adult shows, dramas or comedies. And I definitely
> include that as an integral part of my intention in
> the creation of any new work.
> One thing you mentioned was that you are avoiding
> comedy in your works, in favor of the drama that is
> giving you some awesome results in your work. That is
> a great choice, if you want to go that route. I'm sure
> you will find something really wonderful that way.
> In terms of making a rock and roll superstar show for
> adults, I wouldn't avoid comedy, since laughter
> unifies. The feeling of unity I believe is an
> important part of rock and roll, and feel-good adult
> entertainment.
> As for drama, I do believe you can include drama in a
> puppet rock star show. But I would caution that too
> much of a certain type of drama would actually be a
> possible downer, which may threaten the party
> atmosphere of the rock and roll puppet show.
> Creating a show is like sending out a feeling. What
> you can feel is what you can offer to the audience.
> If you've got rock and roll in your soul, it can come
> out through music, puppetry, or just grooving in your
> car. The beauty of art, why we are drawn to certain
> artists, is because art is the unique expression of
> the artist(s). No one else can make your art but you,
> so to all Puppet Superstars, I say: Rock On!
> Michael Dowell
> Moodoo Puppets
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