File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 418

Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 23:26:22 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] National Marionettes

Hi Robert,

Although I like the proscenium myself, logistically and physically it  
is not feasible for us to continue the way we have in this economy.  
On the up side, we are five feet away from the puppets and the lights  
are all focused on the acting area. We bring a free standing black  
background that is 22 feet wide that goes up behind us so we are in a  
black box. We wear long sleeved black shirts and black gloves when we  
perform (controls are painted black also) and we are completely in  
shadow during the show. There is virtually no difference in the look  
of the show other than there is no proscenium or front curtain.

When I designed this new stage I took into account all of our regular  
sponsors and actually asked a few of them what they thought of the  
idea. Almost all of them were enthusiastic about the change. We  
opened "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" on the new stage three weeks  
ago and every date we've done so far (from theaters in Philadelphia  
and St Johnsbury, VT to school assemblies in Vermont, Massachusetts,  
Connecticut and Vermont) have been resounding successes with very  
positive feedback. Our sponsors are also very grateful that we have  
not raised our fees this year and thankful that we thought of them  
first while designing the new show. Most of them said that they were  
aware of us for about the first minute of the show and then  
completely ignored us once the action on the stage started.

I have very good feelings about our new stage and although we won't  
be able to please everybody, I'm sure that most of the people who see  
our shows from now on will be completely satisfied with our work.  
After all, the show is the thing, right?


David J. Syrotiak
National Marionette Theatre

On Nov 23, 2008, at 10:30 PM, Robert Rogers wrote:

> One thing I always liked about the National Marionettes, was that they
> employed a tall facade with a proscenium arch.  On the other hand,  
> it will
> be interesting to be able to watch how they work, if they are in  
> view of the
> audience.  But I feel a loss.
> Robert Rogers
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