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Classes
Fundamentals of Silly Voices - Summer '16 $50.00
Instructor: Brenda Huggins
Sunday July 10, 2:00 - 5:30 PM at Puppet Showplace Theater
Cost: $50 ($35 for Puppets at Night and Enthusiast Members)

Discover all of the exciting characters hiding within your own vocal cords! Through interactive vocal warm-ups and exercises, students will explore their own vocal ranges and learn techniques for breath support, projection, and maintaining vocal health. Group activities will explore vocal properties such as resonance, pitch, and timbre, allowing everyone to build a solid understanding of the fundamentals of vocal manipulation. From these core concepts, the class will make connections between voice, character, and storytelling. Finally, we’ll make unique characters come alive using multiple styles of puppetry and object theater.

This class is recommended for anyone interested in expanding their repertoire of expressive character voices, from professional performers to puppetry enthusiasts.

No previous voice training is necessary. Active physical and vocal participation in class is essential. The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for creative success!
Split Personality: Sharing the Stage with Puppets $75.00
Instructor: Bonnie Duncan and Dan Milstein
Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12 & 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Puppet Showplace Theater
Cost: $75 ($60 for Puppets at Night and Enthusiast members). Includes 1 free ticket to "Lollipops for Breakfast."

Tired of hiding behind a black curtain? In this workshop, we'll explore techniques for generating and performing scenes played between a puppet and a puppeteer, both onstage AT THE SAME TIME!

Join Bonnie Duncan (known for playing both the main character and puppeteer of her one-woman shows) and Dan Milstein (director of Bonnie's shows and over 15 Rough & Tumble Theater shows) for two playful evenings of generating scenes and stories. Using physical theater games and partner exercises, we'll explore how to divide your inner attention between performer and puppeteer and how to generate new material for stage without words.

This is a great class for actors, dancers, solo performers, and anyone interested in stepping out of the shadows and joining their puppets onstage. All registrants will receive 1 free ticket to "Lollipops for Breakfast!"
Comic Gold: Discover the Clown in You! $50.00
Instructor: Carol Lee Sirugo
Sunday July 17, 2:00 - 5:30 pm at Puppet Showplace Theater
Cost: $50 ($35 for Puppets at Night and Enthusiast Members)


Want to discover what makes YOU uniquely funny? Then get ready to crank your comedy up a notch in this fun and challenging workshop with acclaimed comedienne Carol Sirugo. Using clown theory, we’ll learn how to open our hearts so the clown within can freely emerge. In improvised solo scenes and short puppet vignettes, we’ll explore how to channel honesty, playfulness, and vulnerability into compelling comedic performance. Along the way, we’ll learn how to create a strong physical presence, follow our instincts, sharpen our comic timing, and forge a genuine connection with our audience. Throughout the class, we’ll focus on the small detailed work that’s proven to yield huge results. This is a great class for actors, improvisers, puppeteers, playwrights, and any clown-curious performing artists.

No previous experience is necessary. Although practice puppets will be provided by the instructor, participants are welcome to bring their own.
Here's what past students are saying:

"Carol helped me face my fears to find the funny!"
-- Honey Goodenough, Puppeteer

"Carol's workshop taught me things that I immediately incorporated into my work. Fun, challenging and super-useful for anyone who wants to connect with their audiences."
--Peter Michael Marino, Actor, Improviser, Writer, Producer

"The clown technique that Carol teaches will leave you open, vulnerable, and HONESTLY funny. It allows you to embrace and flavor your physicality, sharpen your comedic timing, and to allow you to trust your instincts." --Justin C. Schilling, Actor, Improviser

"She has an uncanny knack for helping you find the truth in your performance." -- Christopher Sherrill-Moss, Actor, Improviser

"Carol's clown class made me jump for joy. Really keeps you present and in the moment." --Kate Greer, Actor, Writer

"Carol has always been one of my favorite performers, and she brings that experience and her enthusiasm to her classes – go and enjoy the workshop!" -- Michael Getlan, Clown
Puppetry in the Classroom $75.00
Instructor: Honey Goodenough
Sunday July 31, 2:00 – 5:30 pm at Puppet Showplace Theater
Price: $75 ($60 for Puppets at Night and Enthusiast Members)
Includes 1 free ticket to see “Word Play.”

Puppetry is a powerful tool for engaging the imagination! This hands-on workshop will give educators a chance to learn how to introduce professional puppetry techniques into preschool and elementary school classrooms. Using readily available craft materials, participants will create puppet characters in different styles that can be adapted to a variety of skill levels and age groups. We’ll learn how to introduce students to shadow puppetry techniques, rod puppet mechanisms, and Muppet-style mouth puppet manipulation. Participants will explore ways that puppetry can be used to enhance story time, encourage dramatic play, and creatively manage behavioral challenges. All materials will be provided by the instructor. Recommended for teachers, art instructors, teaching artists, and caregivers who work with children in preschool through third grade.
Puppetry for Social Change $205.00
Instructor: Ronald Binion
Tuesday August 2, Wednesday August 3, Thursday August 4, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturday August 6, 2:30 -7:30 pm
Cost: $230. Register by July 16: $205. Puppets at Night and Enthusiast Members save 15%.

Can puppetry change the world? Of course it can! Discover your potential to reach hearts and minds through meaningful, socially impactful puppet theater in this unique hands-on performance intensive. Using table-top puppetry as our primary medium for exploration, students will learn how to generate ideas and translate them into the visual and symbolic language of puppet theater. Drawing on instructor Ronald Binion’s decades of experience leading similar workshops in the developing world, this class will focus on scenes that use puppetry to communicate political, social, or public health messages. Working collaboratively, we’ll cover the essential skills of puppet manipulation, teamwork, scene building, and critique. The workshop will culminate in a final presentation for invited guests. This is a great class for teachers, activists, and anyone wanting to create theater that engages with social issues. All of these skills can be applied to other styles of puppetry or ensemble-devised theater.

This is an intermediate-level class: some previous performing arts experience is recommended. All puppets and materials will be provided by the instructor.
Sock Puppet Pro! $75.00
Instructor: Jonathan Little, Little's Creatures
Saturday and Sunday, August 27th and 28th, 3:00 - 6:00 pm at Puppet Showplace Theater
Cost: $75 + $15 materials fee, due in cash to the instructor on the first day of class.
$60 + $15 materials fee (Puppets at Night and Enthusiast Members)

Are you ready to make the most awesome sock puppets ever? Then join us for this brand new weekend intensive with Jonathan Little of Little’s Creatures. We’ll learn how to transform simple socks into stunningly awesome characters and bring them to life on stage and screen. Students will learn the fundamentals of mouth puppet construction including how to cut, sew, and glue fabric, how to construct a working mouth, and how to attach eyes, arms, and rods for manipulation. Everyone will go home with their own original puppet!

No previous experience is necessary. This is a great class for teachers, craft artisans, solo performers, or anyone interested in pro-quality puppet construction.