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Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 10:36:46 -0700
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: [Puptcrit] Wayang in Berkeley, CA


Hello Puptcritters,

I dropped off the list for several months so I hope I'm not repeating  
a prior post.  For all those in the Bay Area, you might be interested  
in this wayang kulit show on April 25:

http://events.berkeley.edu/? 
event_ID=14584&date=2009-04-25&tab=all_events

They performed with the local gamelan in Seattle but didn't really  
seem to get word out to the puppet community.  I only found out  
afterwards so I thought I'd try to help get the word out for their  
next show.  If anyone has a chance to attend, I'd be curious to hear  
about the show.

Best,

Dmitri Carter
dmitri-AT-nwpuppet.org

http://www.nwpuppet.org

Carter Family Marionettes
Northwest Puppet Center
9123 - 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115

tel:  206 523 2579
fax:  206 523 8078


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>    1. Professional Puppet Stage Plans (Kathleen Conroy)
>    2. Re: glove (diane-AT-romperrhythm.com)
>    3. Re: Professional Puppet Stage Plans (Jamie Ashby)
>    4. Re: glove (Steve Abrams)
>    5. Re: glove and stage design (Mark S. Segal)
>    6. Re: That Glove Puppet Pattern (Mathieu Ren?)
>    7. Re: Professional Puppet Stage Plans
>       (robertrogers-AT-robertrogerspuppets.com)
>    8. Re: Band Saw, Scroll Saw, other? (Stephen Kaplin)
>    9. Re: Professional Puppet Stage Plans (Alexander Winfield)
>   10. Re: Professional Puppet Stage Plans (Deborah Hunt)
>   11. Re: Professional Puppet Stage Plans (Mathieu Ren?)
>   12. Re: Professional Puppet Stage Plans (The Independent Eye)
>   13. Re: Band Saw, Scroll Saw, other? (Mathieu Ren?)
>   14. Re: Professional Puppet Stage Plans (Hobey Ford)
>   15. Re: Professional Puppet Stage Plans (puppetpro-AT-aol.com)
>   16. Re: Professional Puppet Stage Plans (Fred Greenspan)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 10:40:33 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Kathleen Conroy <katmcy-AT-yahoo.com>
> Subject: [Puptcrit] Professional Puppet Stage Plans
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Message-ID: <194198.74963.qm-AT-web51708.mail.re2.yahoo.com>
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> ?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
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 2
> Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 14:31:20 -0400
> From: diane-AT-romperrhythm.com
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] glove
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Message-ID: <mailman.175.1239384682.9392.puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
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> In the Latshaw book it is also designed for 2 fingers in the head,
> broad across back, narrow in front, nice and comfy, not baggy giving
> great control. Just another option - yes we all have favs!  Diane
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 3
> Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 14:55:27 -0400
> From: Jamie Ashby <jamie.ashby-AT-utoronto.ca>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Professional Puppet Stage Plans
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Message-ID: <502ED171-20BB-4774-8B78-41B73BC51D75-AT-utoronto.ca>
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> Hi Kathleen,
>
> Martin Stevens's _Course in Puppetry_, republished by Charlemagne
> Press, has plans for both hand puppet and marionette stages. I am sure
> others have recommendations as well!
>
>
> Best,
>
> Jamie Ashby
>
> BA, MA, PhD Candidate, Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, University
> of Toronto: "Ideas in Motion: New Work Development at Puppetmongers
> Theatre Company"
> Cofounder and Co-Artistic Director, The Bricoteer Puppetry Project
> Member-at-Large, Ontario Puppetry Association Board of Trustees
>
> On 10-Apr-09, 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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> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 4
> Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 15:56:13 -0400
> From: Steve Abrams <sapuppets-AT-gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] glove
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Message-ID:
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> It is my great good fortune to have one made by George, himself. It  
> really
> is an elegant design.George was not thrilled by the name that Dover  
> chose
> when they re-published the book, but of course he was delighted to  
> have it
> back in print. Both Larry Engler and I, lobbied Dover to get it  
> back in
> print,
> Over the years Dover has done a great service to the puppet  
> community by
> reprinting classic books.
> While Im at it, a big thank you to Luman Coad,  Ray DaSilva  and  
> Gary Busk
> for the books that they brought back into print
> Steve
>
> On Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 2:31 PM, <diane-AT-romperrhythm.com> wrote:
>
>> In the Latshaw book it is also designed for 2 fingers in the head,
>> broad across back, narrow in front, nice and comfy, not baggy giving
>> great control. Just another option - yes we all have favs!  Diane
>>
>> _______________________________________________
>> List address: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
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>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 5
> Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 17:48:14 -0400
> From: "Mark S. Segal" <segalpuppets-AT-comcast.net>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] glove and stage design
> To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
> Message-ID: <194EFCC8319A4D27BFB12E7475D5E9A4-AT-segalpuppet>
> Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-1";
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>
> For (under)gloves only use the Latshaw pattern...adapt it to my  
> needs. Do
> add some elastic to the neck and middle dart and use plastic boning  
> on the
> bottom.
> All seams on the outside away from the hand.
> Re the Steven's stage.. think it was the second or third one I ever  
> built
> (my partner still uses it ) has to be around 30yrs old and still going
> strong.
> The thing about that stage is that it was the springboard for all  
> that I
> built subsequently. A real work horse adaptable unit.
> The basic concept of its design is at the heart of what I am using  
> today
> although my stage today is just a barrier and I use speaker stands.
>
> Mark
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 6
> Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 18:01:36 -0400
> From: Mathieu Ren? <creaturiste-AT-primus.ca>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] That Glove Puppet Pattern
> To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
> Message-ID: <C803436C65C54701A1506E6B25542E02-AT-critter1>
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>
> Hi Kurt.
> Wayne mentions you and your wife modified the Connell-Mahlman  
> pattern to
> reduce the need for darts. Can you share it with us?
>
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 7
> Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 18:29:46 -0400 (EDT)
> From: robertrogers-AT-robertrogerspuppets.com
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Professional Puppet Stage Plans
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Message-ID: <3705.71.183.244.234.1239402586.squirrel-AT-71.183.244.234>
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> Kathleen,
>
> I'm not sure what you're going to do with your puppet stage, in  
> terms of
> it needing to be portable, or being used outdoors, for example, but  
> there
> are alternatives to wood that you might want to investigate.
>
> Some people use pvc pipe.  I've never found that durable enough for my
> purposes, but I use something similar - 1/2 inch black pipe.  It's  
> very
> strong and inexpensive.  I can describe it further if you like.
>
> Robert Rogers
>
>> ?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
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 8
> Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 19:12:26 -0400
> From: Stephen Kaplin <skactw-AT-tiac.net>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Band Saw, Scroll Saw, other?
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Message-ID: <F5CAAAF9-9083-4408-926A-077F603DE963-AT-tiac.net>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed; delsp=yes
>
> Dear Puptniks,
> I like my Delta Bandsaw also. It's a 16". I bought it off a metal
> artist 10 years ago. It was too light a machine for his needs, just
> right for mine. Like David says-- blade changes are daed easy--
> although now you have to hunt around a bit online to find the proper
> blades. Or order them from the McMaster catalog.
>
> Stephen
> On Apr 9, 2009, at 10:50 AM, David J. Syrotiak wrote:
>
>> Mathieu,
>>
>> I have a Delta Band saw that I love. Blade change is dead easy and
>> the guides are easy to adjust after you get the hang of it. No
>> vibration at all. If there is vibration it means that something's not
>> right (bent input shaft, bad shimming to the floor, bad initial first
>> setup, wheel out of true, etc).
>>
>> In my humble opinion the best band saw on the market. Bil Baird had a
>> Rockwell/Delta saw that lasted him for over forty years. Literally
>> thousands of marionettes were made with that one. Ours is slightly
>> newer, but I plan on passing it down to my son if he wants it.
>>
>> Sincerely,
>>
>> David J. Syrotiak
>> syrotiak-AT-comcast.net
>>
>>
>>
>> On Apr 9, 2009, at 9:56 AM, Mathieu Ren? wrote:
>>
>>> Thanks Gregory, for your input about the Delta Saw.
>>>
>>> I've seen a few negative reviews about its design and
>>> functionality. Most
>>> people complain about the difficulty to change and adjust the
>>> blades, somem
>>> people complaint about stability and vibrations.
>>> I need a tool I can rely on.
>>>
>>> Does your model have these problems?
>>> Does it look like this model and have the same specs?
>>> http://www.drillspot.com/products/420464/
>>> Delta_Machinery_SM400_9_1_3HP_Band_Saw
>>>
>>> _______________________________________________
>>> List address: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
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>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 9
> Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 20:17:40 -0400
> From: Alexander Winfield <sheepwpunks-AT-gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Professional Puppet Stage Plans
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Message-ID:
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> Kathleen,
>    The design of the puppet stage obviously depends on what sort of  
> puppet
> you will be using, and how many puppeteers will be performing. If  
> you can
> find it, 'Punch and Judy' by Fraser offers some excellent designs  
> on the
> classic tall Punch stage (very good for any kind of glove puppet).  
> This
> website often has copies: http://www.puppetbooks.co.uk/
>
> -Alexander
>
> On Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 6:29 PM,  
> <robertrogers-AT-robertrogerspuppets.com>wrote:
>
>> Kathleen,
>>
>> I'm not sure what you're going to do with your puppet stage, in  
>> terms of
>> it needing to be portable, or being used outdoors, for example,  
>> but there
>> are alternatives to wood that you might want to investigate.
>>
>> Some people use pvc pipe.  I've never found that durable enough  
>> for my
>> purposes, but I use something similar - 1/2 inch black pipe.  It's  
>> very
>> strong and inexpensive.  I can describe it further if you like.
>>
>> Robert Rogers
>>
>>>  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
>>
>>
>> _______________________________________________
>> List address: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
>> Admin interface: http://lists.puptcrit.org/mailman/listinfo/puptcrit
>> Archives: http://www.driftline.org
>>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 10
> Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 20:19:37 -0400
> From: Deborah Hunt <maskhunt-AT-gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Professional Puppet Stage Plans
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Message-ID:
> 	<68df17b00904101719m79609beeta8f142c5d05d1129-AT-mail.gmail.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
>
> Robert,
> I would like to hear more of the black pipe.
> Thankyou...
>
> On Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 6:29 PM,  
> <robertrogers-AT-robertrogerspuppets.com>wrote:
>
>> Kathleen,
>>
>> I'm not sure what you're going to do with your puppet stage, in  
>> terms of
>> it needing to be portable, or being used outdoors, for example,  
>> but there
>> are alternatives to wood that you might want to investigate.
>>
>> Some people use pvc pipe.  I've never found that durable enough  
>> for my
>> purposes, but I use something similar - 1/2 inch black pipe.  It's  
>> very
>> strong and inexpensive.  I can describe it further if you like.
>>
>> Robert Rogers
>>
>>>  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
>>
>>
>> _______________________________________________
>> List address: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
>> Admin interface: http://lists.puptcrit.org/mailman/listinfo/puptcrit
>> Archives: http://www.driftline.org
>>
>
>
>
> -- 
> Deborah Hunt
> MASKHUNT MOTIONS
> www.myspace.com/maskhunt
>
> http://hemisphericinstitute.org/artistprofiles/index.php? 
> lang=Eng&Artist=dhunt&Menu=About&Category=Bio
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 11
> Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 20:40:23 -0400
> From: Mathieu Ren? <creaturiste-AT-primus.ca>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Professional Puppet Stage Plans
> To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
> Message-ID: <5406D73258904D3DB7EDA722A90B2530-AT-critter1>
> Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-1";
> 	reply-type=original
>
> Yeah Robert,
> you left us on a cliffhanger here!
>
> Are tyou talking about ABS pipes?
> Those make good percussion instruments, as proven by John Bell and  
> family,
> on their show King George W. And the Devil. The hit the openings of  
> the
> larger pipes (leaning against stands to point a bit upward) with  
> rubber
> sandals. Very deep wind-percussion sound, reminescent of wooden logs.
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 12
> Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 22:42:55 -0700
> From: The Independent Eye <eye-AT-independenteye.org>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Professional Puppet Stage Plans
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Message-ID: <p06240805c605dc0574dc-AT-[192.0.0.100]>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" ; format="flowed"
>
>> Some people use pvc pipe.  I've never found that durable enough  
>> for my
>> purposes, but I use something similar - 1/2 inch black pipe.  It's  
>> very
>> strong and inexpensive.  I can describe it further if you like.
>
> We use 1" square aluminum tubing, bolted together.  Inexpensive,
> strong and very light.  Our stage is 10 ft x 8 ft. x 8 ft., with
> various extensions for masking & lighting - we'll be adding further
> side extensions for THE TEMPEST.   Supports not only the curtains but
> a projection screen and about 20 lighting instruments (ranging from
> birdies & inkies to 500w fresnels).  We had a similar one with PVC
> pipe, but not as sturdy, and given the problem of twisting the pipe
> into the elbows, took a bit longer to set up and strike.  You need to
> drill the bolt holes very accurately with a drill press and mark them
> carefully so they line up properly.  We checked out various kinds of
> connectors but none suited the purpose.
>
> Cheers-
>
> Conrad B.
>
> -- 
> Visit our website at <http://www.independenteye.org> for
>     our performance schedule
>     scripts & photo archives
> books & CDs
> our radio series "Hitchhiking off the Map"
> and
> our weekly weblog on the creation of a live-animation TEMPEST for 2009
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 13
> Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2009 05:28:47 -0400
> From: Mathieu Ren? <creaturiste-AT-primus.ca>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Band Saw, Scroll Saw, other?
> To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
> Message-ID: <F561F0A67515435EA45DF59ABF7ECF33-AT-critter1>
> Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-1";
> 	reply-type=original
>
> Wow, I wasn't expecting this thread to last this long.
>
> I guess a bandsaw is one of the few dear favorites tools of puppet  
> makers.
>
> Thanks all who gave me pointers about what is a good band saw,  
> where to find
> one, and what to look for when testing it before buying.
>
> I've not found mine yet, but it shouldn't take very long now.
> I missed two very interesting adds for band saws, on classified  
> adds. They
> were probably gone before I even read the adds, at those prices.
>
> The adds are still there, taunting mem, because people are usually  
> too lazy
> to remove them.
>
> I called upon my local sources, some outside the province, in case  
> they know
> of a source or an industry that might be near me. Some people have  
> told me
> that lesser known services specialize in used or refurbished tools.  
> They
> cater to specific industries like construction, so they don't  
> really need a
> store front. Just a warehouse, or even just a basement to store the  
> stuff.
>
> I'm waiting for answers.  Send good vibes if you got'em! It would  
> be much
> appreciated!
>
> Later today I'm making a triangular foot for supporting my finished
> caricature clay model upright.
> If I had my band saw already, the foot would take me a minute to  
> cut and 5
> others to install. Without the band saw, the cut will take me about 15
> minutes and it won't be perfect.
> Not much longer t'ill well deserved convenience is mine!
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 14
> Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2009 08:19:24 -0400
> From: Hobey Ford <hobeyone-AT-gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Professional Puppet Stage Plans
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Message-ID:
> 	<94bd5b080904110519p7d230861q9341f8cc87001bca-AT-mail.gmail.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
>
> Seattle  Puppetory Theatre had a fabulous aluminum stage constructed
> of roughly 30" X 40" rectangles of 3/4' square aircraft aluminum
> stock.  The corners were welded which is very tricky.  Then the pieces
> were hinged in various ways so that the collapsed neatly into two
> perfect stacks which then fit snuggly into two canvas cases.  The
> aluminum rectangles create box hollow box structure within the canvas
> cases and the puppets are stored in the hollow space within.  The two
> sections of staging unfold to create a two person hand theater.  It
> was without a doubt the most practical multifunctional stage
> arrangement I have ever seen.  The geometry of the stage I could
> recreate but the problem is the welding is very specialized and I'm
> sure the aluminum expensive.  It was flat out brilliant.  The show
> "Return of the Bounce" was a UNIMA citation winner  as well and was
> charming as all get out.  Joan King and Jean Mattson were the
> puppeteers and one of their husbands, an e- Boeing engineer if I
> remember correctly (which I am notorious for not) built and designed
> the stage.
>
> On Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 1:42 AM, The Independent Eye
> <eye-AT-independenteye.org> wrote:
>>> Some people use pvc pipe. ?I've never found that durable enough  
>>> for my
>>> purposes, but I use something similar - 1/2 inch black pipe. ? 
>>> It's very
>>> strong and inexpensive. ?I can describe it further if you like.
>>
>> We use 1" square aluminum tubing, bolted together. ?Inexpensive,
>> strong and very light. ?Our stage is 10 ft x 8 ft. x 8 ft., with
>> various extensions for masking & lighting - we'll be adding further
>> side extensions for THE TEMPEST. ? Supports not only the curtains but
>> a projection screen and about 20 lighting instruments (ranging from
>> birdies & inkies to 500w fresnels). ?We had a similar one with PVC
>> pipe, but not as sturdy, and given the problem of twisting the pipe
>> into the elbows, took a bit longer to set up and strike. ?You need to
>> drill the bolt holes very accurately with a drill press and mark them
>> carefully so they line up properly. ?We checked out various kinds of
>> connectors but none suited the purpose.
>>
>> Cheers-
>>
>> Conrad B.
>>
>> --
>> Visit our website at <http://www.independenteye.org> for
>> ? ?our performance schedule
>> ? ?scripts & photo archives
>> books & CDs
>> our radio series "Hitchhiking off the Map"
>> and
>> our weekly weblog on the creation of a live-animation TEMPEST for  
>> 2009
>> _______________________________________________
>> List address: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
>> Admin interface: http://lists.puptcrit.org/mailman/listinfo/puptcrit
>> Archives: http://www.driftline.org
>>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 15
> Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2009 10:03:59 -0400
> From: puppetpro-AT-aol.com
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Professional Puppet Stage Plans
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Message-ID: <8CB88C57EB644AB-C40-4E2F-AT-webmail-mh43.sysops.aol.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"
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>
> Kathleen,
> Konrad Fredericks, the Punch and Judy man that performs in Covent  
> Garden (and around the world), sells the plans of his stage.?http:// 
> www.konradfredericks.com/for_sale.html
> His stage is constructed out of very thin very strong (oak?); folds  
> up very tightly into a 4' roll -- light enough and durable enough  
> to travel with him to festivals around the world.
>
> I have designed hand puppet stages. Though aluminum and pvc have  
> their uses, nothing compares to wood. You can easily adapt wooden  
> stages without a lot of specialized equipment -- if it's well made  
> and well taken care of, it will last forever. One of my stages is  
> now 25 years old, and still going.
>
>
>
>
> Rolande
>
> ???
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kathleen Conroy <katmcy-AT-yahoo.com>
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Sent: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 1:40 pm
> Subject: [Puptcrit] Professional Puppet Stage Plans
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ?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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> Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2009 11:21:19 -0400
> From: Fred Greenspan <greenspan-AT-earthlink.net>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Professional Puppet Stage Plans
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> My main stage is from plans for an overhead Punch stage that I found
> in a British Punch booklet. I modified the plans to make a hands in
> front of face scrim stage. I used 5/8" square tube aluminum for the
> collapsing sections of this  "lazy tong"  stage. I also use 3/4" wood
> for the cross pieces. The stage collapses down to two aluminum
> sections and seven cross sticks and it all fits into a hard shell
> golf case with heavy drapery cloth cover, scrim, roof cloth, carpet
> square for floor, and with room to spare for puppets, lights, etc. I
> use the hard case if I have to fly. For local performances I just
> slide the stage, carpet and cloth into a nylon tent bag that I can
> carry over my shoulder. I use two guy ropes, one on each side, when
> performing outdoors. The guy ropes are tied to stakes. When on a
> surface that I can't hammer a stake into, I have two small plastic
> patio umbrella bases filled with kitty litter that I use as rope
> anchors.
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> I've built three versions of the folding sections of this stage. The
> first version was completely out of 3/4" wood, second was out of 1"
> round aluminum tubing (very strong,but bulkier when folded down), and
> the third and last version is the current 5/8" square tube aluminum
> one. The cloth, cross pieces, scrim and roof cloth are all from the
> original version. Each version was the same total weight.
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> Fred Greenspan - Traditional Puppeteer
> Ossining, New York
> http://www.traditionalpuppetry.com
> Punch & Judy, Italian marionettes, flea circus
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> On Apr 11, 2009, at 8:19 AM, Hobey Ford wrote:
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>> Seattle  Puppetory Theatre had a fabulous aluminum stage constructed
>> of roughly 30" X 40" rectangles of 3/4' square aircraft aluminum
>> stock.  The corners were welded which is very tricky.  Then the  
>> pieces
>> were hinged in various ways so that the collapsed neatly into two
>> perfect stacks which then fit snuggly into two canvas cases.  The
>> aluminum rectangles create box hollow box structure within the canvas
>> cases and the puppets are stored in the hollow space within.  The two
>> sections of staging unfold to create a two person hand theater.  It
>> was without a doubt the most practical multifunctional stage
>> arrangement I have ever seen.  The geometry of the stage I could
>> recreate but the problem is the welding is very specialized and I'm
>> sure the aluminum expensive.  It was flat out brilliant.  The show
>> "Return of the Bounce" was a UNIMA citation winner  as well and was
>> charming as all get out.  Joan King and Jean Mattson were the
>> puppeteers and one of their husbands, an e- Boeing engineer if I
>> remember correctly (which I am notorious for not) built and designed
>> the stage.
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>> On Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 1:42 AM, The Independent Eye
>> <eye-AT-independenteye.org> wrote:
>>>> Some people use pvc pipe.  I've never found that durable enough
>>>> for my
>>>> purposes, but I use something similar - 1/2 inch black pipe.
>>>> It's very
>>>> strong and inexpensive.  I can describe it further if you like.
>>>
>>> We use 1" square aluminum tubing, bolted together.  Inexpensive,
>>> strong and very light.  Our stage is 10 ft x 8 ft. x 8 ft., with
>>> various extensions for masking & lighting - we'll be adding further
>>> side extensions for THE TEMPEST.   Supports not only the curtains  
>>> but
>>> a projection screen and about 20 lighting instruments (ranging from
>>> birdies & inkies to 500w fresnels).  We had a similar one with PVC
>>> pipe, but not as sturdy, and given the problem of twisting the pipe
>>> into the elbows, took a bit longer to set up and strike.  You  
>>> need to
>>> drill the bolt holes very accurately with a drill press and mark  
>>> them
>>> carefully so they line up properly.  We checked out various kinds of
>>> connectors but none suited the purpose.
>>>
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