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United Personalities: Table Top Puppets $175.00
Instructor: Jacek Zuzanski, Dream Tale Puppets
Tuesdays 6:30pm-9:30pm
Four Sessions April 29 - May 20
Register by April 1 and save $25! Members save 10%
Table top puppetry is a unique performance style that enables a human performer to bring a puppet character to life in full view of the audience. This powerful art form requires both physical precision and an extensive vocabulary of expressive movements that trigger the imagination. In this hands-on exploratory workshop, participants will build their awareness of the actor/ puppet relationship through a series of fun and challenging exercises with professional table top puppets. The class will explore the paradox of mutual control, whereby the puppet controls the puppeteer as much as the reverse. The class will practice core manipulation skills and explore performances techniques that unify actor and puppet, including breathe, focus, footsteps, balance, and posture. The class will then apply these learned skills to devise their own unique solo and multi-character scenes. This is an intermediate-level workshop: some familiarity with puppetry, acting, or dance/movements is recommended. Although the class focuses on a very specific performances situation, the workshop is for anyone interested in broadening their puppetry performance skills in a supportive and detail-oriented environment.
Glove Puppet Boot Camp- Summer '14 $195.00
Instructor: Brad Shur, Artist in Residence
Five Consecutive Sessions
Monday August 11 - Friday August 15, 6:30-8:30pm
Glove Puppetry (also knows as hand puppetry) is one of the world's oldest and most versatile theatrical traditions. From Punch and Judy to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe, glove puppets can express and enormous range of character and emotion without ever blinking an eye. in this fun and rigorous class, participants will learn the fundamentals of glove puppet manipulation from a professional puppeteer. Starting with basic exercise for manual dexterity and building towards complete multi-character scenes, students will acquire a "movement vocabulary" that lets their hands express almost any emotion or action. Participants will also gain exposure to Puppet Showplace Theatre's unique archive of professional glove puppets and will be able to experience working behind a puppet stage. Whether you're a seasoned performance or just looking for a way to enliven story time, this boot camp will leave your hands ready for action!
The Jim Henson Foundation Massachusetts Cultural Council New England Foundation for the Arts Brookline Community Foundation Brookline Commission for the Arts email: boxoffice@puppetshowplace.org