File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 345

Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 08:53:17 -0800
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Performing advice?  (hood)

I am with David. Having performed for years with a hood on for some  
shows, I would add one thing. Make a wire frame out of something like  
heavy coat hanger wire, and stitch it onto the brim of the cap. Then  
you can stitch the fabric to this frame, and keep it wrinkle-free and  
off your face. When I was doing black theater shows, this frame was  
covered in a sort of black scrim material, but the rest of the hood  
was covered in heavy black velvet to absorb the light. I think it  
worked well for our purposes, but may be more distracting for your  

Greg Ballora

On Nov 19, 2008, at 7:27 PM, David Syrotiak wrote:

> Mathieu,
> One of the easiest way of making a "hood" would be to take an old
> baseball cap and cut down the bill to about half the length from the
> cap. Find a nice piece of flat black fabric that you can see through
> and tack it to the top button and around the hem of the cap on the
> back and sides. Voila! A hood hat does not stick to your face and
> allows you to breathe. For the mic, use a lavaliere pin mount and pin
> it to the bottom side of the bill. Wherever you move your head, the
> mic follows and because the mic is away from your mouth there is no
> breath noise.
> All the best,
> David Syrotiak
> On Nov 19, 2008, at 8:27 PM, Michael Moynihan wrote:
>> Probably the right wireless mic under a hood would avoid feedback,  
>> but
>> some will be a feedback problem.
>> Hoods get very warm.
>> A baseball catchers mask might hold the hood away from your mouth.
>> A harmonica holder (ala Bob Dylan) could function as a mic holder and
>> keep the hood away from your face.
>> Too bad for the time restraint.
>> There are so many possible fun things to try.
>> - m
>> On Nov 19, 2008, at 7:17 PM, Mathieu René wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> It is confirmed, I shall build and perform a parrot puppet for and
>>> on the
>>> 29th of this month.
>>> The parrot intterracts with the pirate (host) and the audience,
>>> between the
>>> dance numbers.
>>> It's for a multi-cultural community organization, presenting an
>>> evening of
>>> folkloric dance from various countries. Troups of pros and beginners
>>> alike.
>>> It seems very interesting, I can't wait!
>>> It will be a mouth and rod puppet, my hand going from behind the
>>> puppet's
>>> head, and two rods crossing so that I can flap the wings, which I'll
>>> probably hinge in fabric. The legs will be posable, so that he can
>>> land and
>>> stay on a perch.  I'm thinking of giving the puppet a wooden leg,
>>> still in
>>> the shape of a bird's leg, bu rougher, as if carved in wood (maybe I
>>> will
>>> carve it, someday, no time now)
>>> It will have to be simple, I gvive myself two evenings to build it.
>>> It,s
>>> based on types of puppets I,ve built before, so most of the
>>> trechnical
>>> aspects are already solved.
>>> The customer is "old school about puppets", so I'll have to perform
>>> under a
>>> hood.
>>> With a mike.
>>> Probably wireless. But if they can't find one on time, it will have
>>> a wire.
>>> I've only performed under a hood for a week-end, and it was only
>>> for a
>>> parade, about three years ago.
>>> I don't know if I'll have time to borrow a proper hood, so I'm
>>> already going
>>> with the backup plan (makig my own).
>>> So I'm wondering if old shoolers here could give me pointers on
>>> performing
>>> with hood and a mike.
>>> Oh, and maybe pointers or pattern to make my own hood?
>>> -Will the hood muffle my voice a lot?
>>> -Any simple trick to keep the fabric away from my mouth?
>>> -the parrot character has two personalities, therefore two voices
>>> (silly,
>>> cartoon-parrot, and smart, crooner parrot). Yikes. I shall add that
>>> aspect
>>> as an "extra" in my list of possibilities for future customers. I'd
>>> have
>>> charged extra, had I known I would have to split my mind yet again.
>>> Room and
>>> board in this skull have got to be paid for!
>>> Gotta go get some clay and start shaping that beak!
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