File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 12

Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2008 10:50:51 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bettleheim and other writers of renown

On talking with the director it was the first time I ever heard the
notikon of casting actors instead of puppeteers.  He felt like he
could train an actor to be a  puppeteer easier than training a
puppeteer to be an actor.  That is sort of an indictment of
puppeteers, but I have heard the sentiment many times since..  I think
it just says that a trained actor brings so much to the table that a
"puppeteer' might not bring.  We are muliti taskers and generalists.
"puppeteer"  is  a title that can mean so many things.  It gets back
to all the fuss about  the "master puppeteer" title.  I think that
that director must not have had  access to a pool of real talented
puppeteers.  I know too that many actors come short on learning what
it takkes to be a skilled nuianced puppet performer.

On Sat, Nov 1, 2008 at 10:33 AM,  <> wrote:
> Hobey,
>   The Griffin and the minor Canon - ah yes, we remember it well. Elise and I
> both think that was one of the most perfect puppet shows we have seen, even
> up until today.   I have always felt that no matter how exquisite the puppets
> are built and costumed, the story is what holds and keep an audience.   The
> range of emotions that the audience felt for the Griffin was stunning.   Funny,
> Elise and I met up with one of the performers from that group a few years back,
> when I was performing at a JCC near Orlando, Flori-DUH.   He was working
> there for their theater department.   We told him how much that show had blown us
> away, and he said it meant a lot to him.
> Bob Nathanson
> Bobseyeview
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