File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 452


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Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 19:17:20 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] bennington chat


Wow Roland ;
    I didn't know you were part of Bennington. Great to hear some of those 
stories, it really takes me back. Though to be honest I perfer having my own 
company than having to deal with Cedric(Ugh!!!).
   My wife and I  were there the last years of Lolly and the company. I am 
still in touch with her, (as is Anne), she is doing great things in Chicago.
    My greatest memory is playing Linclon Center in 1992, it was amazing. My 
greatest blunder was falling off the bridge during Dracula. I didn't get 
hurt just kept on doing the show but after the show so many kids wondered 
was I supposed to do that and I of coarse said "yes!!!"
     Yes there were the times the stage caught on fire during Firebird (not 
my fault), or the angles in Hansel & Gretal got hooked to a  terrified 
kindergartener (again I had nothing to do with that), or in Holiday in Oz 
when the Tinman, when exiting the stage,  left while still leaving his 
right leg standing on stage. (Yeah that was kind of my fault)
     But they were all great memeories. I don't want to go back but I am 
glad I was there and met so many talented people. Thanks again for the 
tales.

Mark
The Puppet people

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To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 7:32 AM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] National Marionette Theatre


> Bennington has some of the best stories about stuff going wrong. I'll 
> never forget when we were in Greenwich, CT and some little child 
> accidentally pulled the plug while we were in the middle of 
> "Nutcracker" -- lights, sound, everything went out. That convinced me to 
> do all - live shows, where, if something went wrong, I could somehow 
> "cover".
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> But, on the other hand, there is nothing like being part of a group of 
> well-trained marionettists when everything goes right. It's so cool to be 
> part of that kind of spectacle.
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> Rolande
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> From: Anne Schaefer <anne-AT-tanglewoodmarionettes.com>
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Sent: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 11:10 pm
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] National Marionette Theatre
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> On Nov 24, 2008, at 9:18 PM, David Syrotiak wrote:
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>> Hello Mark,
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>> Yes I know the setup. I toured with the then Bennington Puppets in
>> the mid eighties with Lolly and Cedric (back when they actually lived
>> in Bennington, VT). Ah, Yes I remember it well.... being stuck inside
>> Fafnir when he caught on fire during a performance of "The
>> Ring"(incidentally, I was the voice of Alberich the gnome on the
>> recorded soundtrack), The slurping sounds and one abnormally huge
>> transforming bat from "Dracula" and watching someone get an electric
>> shock from from the badly shielded cables touching the steel frame
>> were highlights of my time in the carriage barn in North Bennington.
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> That bat rocked!  Don't diss the bat!  I miss=2
> 0the bat, or maybe, I
> miss the days where we could put on a show of Dracula, complete with
> neck-biting and lascivious slurping sounds, to an elementary school
> audience.  And singe the eyelashes of the Kindergartners in the front
> row with a fire-breathing dragon.
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> Good times. (Except for the near-electrocution part.)
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> -Anne
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> P.S. I got to be Brunnhilde in The Ring v2.0.
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