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Puppet Improv! $30.00
Monday January 18 3 - 6pm (Martin Luther King Monday)
Cost: $30 ($25 for Puppets at Night and Enthusiast Members)
with Jonathan Little (Little’s Creatures) and Harry LaCoste (Good News Gus)

Get ready to make stuff up in this fun, fur-filled class! Led by two experienced puppeteers, participants will hone their comedic performance skills in a wide variety of improv games that explore timing, character development, and the improv concept of “Yes! And….” Learn how to live in the moment, support your scene partners, and explore acting techniques that you can’t practice on your own. Did we mention you’ll be doing all this with a puppet on your hand? This is a great class for puppet-curious performers, improv fans, and solo artists looking to generate new creative material. Professional quality mouth-and-rod puppets will be provided!

Ages 16+
Marionette Manipulation $30.00
Instructor: Peter Schaefer, Tanglewood Marionettes
One Session, Saturday January 30, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Cost: $30 ($20 all members). Workshop registration includes one free admission to "The Fairy Circus"!

Practice the art of marionette manipulation with a master puppeteer! Tanglewood’s Peter Schaefer will reveal the basic construction and stringing techniques used to build marionettes, then will guide participants through the essentials of marionette manipulation. The class will begin with simple manipulation, such as turning the puppet's head or raising its hand, then progress to compound movements, such as sitting or walking. Emphasis will be placed on encouraging participants to carefully observe real-world movement, gesture, and human behavior. The workshop will culminate in applying the movement techniques learned to express a character's emotions. All participants will be provided with professional-quality puppets for the duration of the workshop. Marionettes will be short-strung to allow participants to work them at floor-level.

All ages 8 and up. All children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult who may choose to observe or to register and participate.
Gooney Bird Marionettes $30.00
Instructor: Honey Goodenough
One Session, Saturday February 6, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Cost: $30 ($20 all members). Workshop registration includes one free admission to a Mini-Festival of Marionettes performance!

Learn how to make your own colorful Gooney bird marionette in this hands-on family workshop. Puppeteer Honey Goodenough will lead participants through a step-by-step building process to create the marionette’s body and control. We’ll learn how to add strings to make our puppets move, then decorate each character with colorful feathers and features. Finally, we’ll train our Gooney Birds to walk an obstacle course and discover how puppeteers use weight, balance, and gravity to bring characters to life. Each registration includes 1 free ticket to a Mini-Festival of Marionettes performance of your choice.

Recommended for ages 5 and up. All children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Make Your Own Scarf Marionette $40.00
Instructor: Sarah Frechette, Puppet Kabob
One Session, Monday February 15 (President's Day), 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Cost: $40 ($30 all members). Price includes all materials + 1 free admission to "The Snowflake Man"!

Learn how to build your own Roser-style scarf marionette and bring it to life in this fun, hands-on workshop! Award-winning artist Sarah Frechette will share wisdom from the String Academy, drawing on her years of study with German master puppeteer Albrecht Roser. You'll be amazed at how simple, elegant, and expressive a marionette can be. All participants will take home a completed scarf marionette and the basic movement vocabulary needed to create a solo performance.

This is an introductory-level class. Participants will be expected to follow step-by-step instructions and use hammers, nails, needles, scissors, and other sharp tools.

Ages 13+
Shadow Puppetry Production Lab- Spring '16 $175.00
Instructor: Brad Shur, Resident Artist
6 sessions. Tuesdays, March 8 - April 12. 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Cost: $200 + $20 materials fee, due in cash to the instructor at the start of class. Register by February 15th: $175 + $20 materials fee.
Puppets at Night Members save 15% on registration!

Make your story ideas a reality! Learn to build and perform your very own shadow puppet show in this rigorous and supportive class. We'll begin with research and design exploration, using both scripting and visual storyboarding to get your concept ready for production. We will then create scenery and visual environments while learning to bring shadow characters to life with movement, sound, and advanced manipulation techniques. We will also learn methods for crafting puppets from durable materials and will utilize mechanisms such as hinges, rivets, springs, and slides. Participants will be invited to showcase their work in the Puppet Showplace Slam.

This is an advanced-level class: "Introduction to Shadow Puppetry" or equivalent artistic experience is recommended. Participants will be expected to work on projects outside of class time.
Creating Educational Puppet Shows $30.00
Instructor: Lisa Sturz, Red Herring Puppets
1 session, Thursday March 17, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Cost: $30 ($20 for Puppets at Night and Enthusiast Members)

The challenge these days for the working puppeteer is how to incorporate curriculum standards or informational content into a show while maintaining artistic awesomeness. This workshop offers strategies for puppeteers and theater artists who want to explore information-heavy subjects in the context of effective and entertaining performances. Using practical, real-life examples, we will brainstorm creative approaches to different content areas, discuss how to synthesize information into easily digestible bites, identify visual metaphors, narrow in on dramatic intentions, explore character, and figure out how to consult outside experts for accuracy. We will also learn to create study guides that support your performance. This is a great class for touring puppeteers, teaching artists, political activists, or anyone who has been bored by the current climate of ''Edutainment.'' Bring your show ideas for development and discussion!
Puppet Shorts!- Spring '16 $175.00
Instructor: Brad Shur, Resident Artist
Six sessions, April 26 - May 31. Monday nights, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Cost: $200. Register by April 1: $175.
Puppets at Night Members save 15% on registration!

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and create! This class is designed for people who want practice putting their ideas into action. Each week, we’ll explore a different style of puppetry. Then, participants will create an original short solo performance inspired by that style. The class will learn formal critique methods that will allow us to solicit feedback and rapidly improve our work. Through this intensive process, participants will hone their technical and creative skills, and will be on their way to creating work suitable for puppet slams, web series, and cabaret style performances.

"Puppet Shorts" is an intermediate-level class: while participants do not necessarily need to have extensive puppetry experience, familiarity with the basics of theatrical production is assumed. Participants will be expected to work on performance projects outside of class time and to participate actively in class.

Any questions about class content may be directed to instructor Brad Shur: