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Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 22:15:25 EST
Subject: PUPT: Puppet Scripts



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I have found that writing is by far the hardest thing I do as a solo 
performer or performing with other puppeteers.  I have GREAT ideas for a 
basic show and can build any kind of puppet I need but coming up with clever 
dialog that's not too boring, too juvenile, too mundane is the thorn in the 
lion's paw!  Oh wait a minute....  just had another thought for a 
show/skit.....

Okay.... I wrote that down....  now what?  I've found, teaching students in a 
week long residency situation, that "brain storming" with several people 
works best.  But the script/show evolves when you perform it live and just 
throw in ad-libs and still stick to the plot.  I've been doing one show, "A 
Tale of Two Bad Mice", based on the Beatrix Potter tale, for a gazillion 
years now and I don't get tired of it.  I've had people see the show multiple 
times and it's still "fresh" and fun.  But to come up with another show like 
it in feel is hard.  And now it's "crunch" time.  I just opened a puppet 
company, "The Urban Prairie Puppet Company" with long time friend, Brian.  
Now we're performing at an established 128 seat theatre every month.  So we 
need to collaborate and come up with shows.  The marketing is a piece 'o cake 
compared to scripting.  Oi vey!!!!  Guess I should get my story telling 
friend and treat him to a cup of coffee and have him brain storm with us.  
Hope that will work!  Anyway, that's my perspective on solo or multiple 
puppeteer scripts.

Trish

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I have found that writing is by far the hardest thing=20I do as a solo performer or performing with other puppeteers.  I have GREAT ideas for a basic show and can build any kind of puppet I need but coming up with clever dialog that's not too boring, too juvenile, too mundane is the thorn in the lion's paw!  Oh wait a minute....  just had another thought for a show/skit.....

Okay.... I wrote that down....  now what?  I've found, teaching students in a week long residency situation, that "brain storming" with several people works best.  But the script/show evolves when you perform it live and just throw in ad-libs and still stick to the plot.  I've been doing one show, "A Tale of Two Bad Mice", based on the Beatrix Potter tale, for a gazillion years now and I don't get tired of it.  I've had people=20see the show multiple times and it's still "fresh" and fun.  But to come up with another show like it in feel is hard.  And now it's "crunch"=20time.  I just opened a puppet company, "The Urban Prairie Puppet Company" with long time friend, Brian.  Now we're performing at an established 128 seat theatre every month.  So we need to collaborate and come up=20with shows.  The marketing is a piece 'o cake compared to scripting.  Oi vey!!!!  Guess I should get my story telling friend and treat him to a cup of coffee and have him brain storm with us.  Hope that will=20work!  Anyway, that's my perspective on solo or multiple puppeteer scripts.

Trish
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