File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 151

Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2009 23:14:35 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Professional Puppet Stage Plans

David (and Bud)

   You beat me to the punch. No disrespect meant to Kathleen, but this 
kind of request is a common thing. TLI - too little information - given 
when asking a question in order to answer accurately. No indication of 
type, or scale, or even if the stage is for touring or permanent 
placement. Those are just the very basic framework things. This request 
is akin to saying "I have a carpenter friend who is willing to build me 
a new house. Does any one have plans he can use." Is that a bird house, 
dog house, single person house, or a house to be a home for everyone 
west of the Mississippi? I find it both extremely encouraging and a 
little sad that so many of us were/are willing to help her (as I am, 
too) but we mostly assume that it is for hand puppets performed in a 
booth, and that we have taken three days to ask her what kind of 
puppets, etc. she was looking to build for. Who knows, she may be 
looking to build a cabaret marionette stage platform with backdrop that 
will fold down into her pocket, and have nothing to do with hand 
puppets at all.

   So, Kathleen, please rejoin in the conversation with more information 
about what you are looking for so that we don't send you down rabbit 
holes looking for the wrong things or, better put, things inappropriate 
to your needs. Tell us, too, what you have now and what you are hoping 
to achieve with a new stage. Something approximately the same size and 
style, but better built, or something totally different? Is there 
something (or things) specific lacking in your current stage?

   I am grateful to those who have tossed out some ideas, as others can 
benefit even if it is not what Kathleen was looking for.


On Apr 12, 2009, at 2:49 PM, David J. Syrotiak wrote:

> What type of puppetry do you do? Proscenium? How big do you need it to 
> be? How many people are performing the show? What vehicle are you 
> traveling it in? Indoor? Outdoor? Both? Integrated lighting? We need 
> more info before any of us can suggest designs.
> Sincerely,
> David J. Syrotiak
> On Apr 10, 2009, at 1:40 PM, Kathleen Conroy wrote:
>>  I have a carpenter friend who is willing to build me a new puppet 
>> stage, however I would like plans that he can build off of.  Anyone
>> know where I can get plans for a professional stage? -Kathleen

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