File puptcrit/puptcrit.0810, message 404


Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 21:18:13 -0800
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] dealing with tragedy


hey ya,
i am just worin g on re stringing the ancient sheila la na gig - banshee . -
devil - angel/godess marionette . she has been hired  for a gig halloww'wn
nite.
hoo ray
i re = string goddess/sheila-na-gig for fri nite.
best


On Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 6:20 PM, <puppetpro-AT-aol.com> wrote:

> Welcome, Chris.
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> We are coming to the end of our health ed. puppet program in Hartford that
> has us discussing all kinds of difficult topics with children ages seven to
> nine. They see needles and condoms on their playgrounds. They have relatives
> who have died of AIDS. They know things I never knew until college. The
> puppets have been a door through which they can see another kind of life. In
> many cases it's the only puppet show they have ever seen -- maybe the only
> one any will ever see.
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> Rolande
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Griffith <chris-AT-littlerednose.com>
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Sent: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 12:36 pm
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] dealing with tragedy
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> This is my first post on PuppetCrit, but I wanted to share some recent
> experiences I've had teaching in a 4th grade classroom in Saint Paul.  I'm
> working with the Children's Theater Company in their Neighborhood Bridges
> program, which was started 10 years ago by Jack Zipes (who someone
> mentioned
> earlier in this thread) and who continues to lead the program.
>
> The way the program works, an artist goes into the same classroom 2 hours a
> week for the entire school year, and tells stories with the goal of having
> children become the tellers of their own stories.
>
> My school is in one of the roughest neighborhoods - the population is so
> transient that the school has no phone numbers for a lot of the kids & no
> way to contact their parents if something were to happen.  Prostitutes and
> drug pushers work the streets surrounding the school.  Six times in the
> last
> year the school has gone on red alert lock down, three of those times were
> due to pit bulls running loose on school grounds.
>
> Three weeks ago, two boys in my class were mauled by a pit bull on the
> playground.  Another boy lives in a homeless shelter.  Another lost his
> father to suicide a couple months ago.  When I asked how many kids had
> someone close to them die, nearly all the hands shot into the air.  Most of
> the kids in my class are hungry and under nourished.
>
> In other words, they are no strangers to the darker side of life.  The
> program we teach focuses on stories, and one of the tenants is to tell them
> in all their gory detail in order to discuss what lessons can be gleaned
> from them.
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> There was a fascinating discussion among the 4th graders after telling
> "Hansel and Gretel" about safety - what is and is not safe, particulary
> from
> the two boys who were attacked by the dog.
>
> We've talked about child abuse, suicide, death, parents who don't love
> their
> children, racism, sexism, addiction, you-name-it.  These kids not only keep
> up with the conversation, they are 100% engaged in it because it is what
> they see and experience daily.  And they are teaching me, also, to not shy
> away from these issues.
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> I used to be concerned by presenting such topics, but these 4th graders are
> teaching me otherwise.
>
> This is a fascinating thread, and very relevant to the show that we are
> currently working on as well.  Thanks for listening to my $0.02.
> --
> Chris Griffith
> Circus Minimus Puppetry
> <http://www.littlerednose.com>
> (612) 724-1435
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edith gloria hole
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