File puptcrit/puptcrit.0907, message 8


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2009 02:27:48 GMT
Subject: [Puptcrit] old stuff--scenery, stages props, etc.


Actually SOME road-worn scenery can be effectively used in puppet exhibits, and of course, old stages and props & scenery are usually the first things to be discarded, so in most puppet collections, there are few or no examples of scenery or setpieces.. Next best thing are photos of sets which can give SOME idea of the looks of past shows.

More often than you might think, as puppeteers downsize, even puppet bodies are discarded, leaving only heads. Othertimes, bodies are recycled with NEW heads made for them. At any rate, there are quite a few puppet heads what ain't got no body (to sort of paraphrase an old song).


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Rogers
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2009 6:56 PM
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: [Puptcrit] stuff

I've always been one to save things.  I've had a big workshop, so it's been easy to tuck things away or line them up against a wall, and because after many years, I actually re-used things, could justify it.  But after 30 years, I've got so much.  The puppets are one thing...but the scenery and the multiple procenium decorations I built out of plywood - every new show had to have a thematically designed proscenium - what am I supposed to do with it?  It's not like it's historically important.  But it holds a lot of memories for me.  And my 13 year old daughter has never even seen a lot of it.

Now I'm thinking of turning half the place into a small, private theater.  But what do I do with all the stuff?  It's not worth donating anywhere, and certainly not valuable enough to sell.  Let's face it, it's road-worn scenery.

Robert Rogers
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