File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 421


Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 17:18:21 -0400
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bil Baird's "Alice"


I LOVE Bil's Sculptural and painterly asthetic.  Are there any stories
as to how he arrived at the eye he used with the little wedge of white
hilight and his signature blue circle?  That alone is so pleasing and
then that unique impish look (that resembles him!)  That and the leg
turn out and walk which Steven has pointed out in past posts, all
created a style that is SO Bil Baird! His figures are so irresistable

On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 1:16 PM,  <dhpuppet-AT-aol.com> wrote:
> And I'll be there with bells on!!! It's a great workshop that was one of the defining moments in puppetry for me. I'm not just gushing. I really believe every young person involved in puppetry today should study the work of Bil Baird he was in my opinion the master of style and his sense of " line" in sculpture is unsurpassed in the world of puppetry.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Widerman-AT-aol.com
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Sent: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 11:25 am
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bil Baird's "Alice"
>
>
>
> Well, thanks for the segue. I will be leading a workshop at the P of A
> National Festival in Atlanta in July entitled "Stuff I Learned From Bil" where
> I =A0hope to share some of my experiences. Olga Felgemacher is one of =A0the
> contributors to that presentation, and I was on the =A0"Alice" tour which
> included Hutchinson where you came out after =A0the show with us.
>
> =A0 =A0 -Steven->
>
>
>
> In a message dated 4/26/2009 9:30:03 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> dhpuppet-AT-aol.com writes:
>
> I had =A0the pleasure of seeing 'Alice' in Hutchinson Kansas when it was on
> tour for =A0the mid America Arts Alliance in 76 or 77 I worked for Trotter
> Brosthers =A0Productions in Wichita at the time and we all went to see the show.
> We went =A0out to eat with the puppeteers after the show and Olga Felgamocker
> and I were =A0talking about college, I mentioned the name of one of my theater
> professors =A0who really respected puppetry and it turned out she went to
> college with him =A0and had a huge crush on him. Small world. I also remember that
>
> one of the =A0puppeteers had the Mad Hatter ad lib to Alice as she left the
> mad tea party to =A0come back later for liquor little girl. Not the best thing
> to say in what was =A0a dry town in the bible belt. I would love to hear some
> war stories about your =A0days with Baird, I'm sure many interesting things
> occurred during =A0performances. I also remember the performance of Davy Jones
> Locker at the P of =A0A Festival when the mermaid I think it was got stuck in
> the treasure chest.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Widerman-AT-aol.com
> To: =A0puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Sent: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 12:29 am
> Subject: Re: =A0[Puptcrit] Bil Baird's "Alice"
>
>
>
> I was in that production of =A0Alice playing minor characters as I was the
> newest member of the =A0company. My roles included a card painting a tree,
> the
> Executioner, =A0the rod puppet version of Alice and the rod puppet version of
> the =A0 White Rabbit.
>
> There was a dormouse in Alice, which was a hand puppet. =A0If you worked a
> marionette mouse, that was one of two mice from =A0"Winnie the
> =A0Pooh," which
> moved
> beautifully. Incidentally, the mice were =A0voiced by Carly Simon and her
> sister Lucy Simon in a recording made =A0long before they became famous (Lucy
> is
> an =A0opera singer.) All the =A0voices at Bil's theater were live except for
> the
> songs, =A0which were =A0pre-recorded.
>
> -Steven->
>
>
>
> In a =A0message dated 4/25/2009 12:27:25 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> hobeyone-AT-gmail.com writes:
>
> What a =A0cool story Steven. I saw =A0"Alice" in 1976. =A0Were you in =A0that
> production? =A0I got to =A0try the mouse which was a thrill. =A0( =A0or was the
> mouse in =A0 Pooh?) =A0Was the show prerecorded? I =A0 have attached a =A0sketch
> I made that day. =A0It is photoshopped slightly =A0for =A0clarity.
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