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Furry Monsters 101- Summer '15 $225.00
Instructor: Jonathan Little
5 Sessions
M-F 6:30 - 8:30 pm
August 17 - 21, 2015
Register by August 1: $195, After August 1: $225
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This class will focus on the proper manipulation of mouth and rod puppets, inspired by the "furry monster" characters from Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and Avenue Q. After learning the basics of puppet animation (breathing, lip-synch, focus, and body position), participants will cover character interpretation, storytelling, choreography, puppet-assisting, prop handling, comedy improv, television monitor technique, and puppet/actor interactions. This is an ideal class for actors, comedians, die-hard Muppet fans, or anyone interested in learning puppetry performance skills.
Introduction to Puppetry Arts- Fall '15 $125.00
Instructor: Brad Shur, Resident Artist
Tuesday evenings, September 22 - October 13 (4 sessions)
6:30-8:30pm at Puppet Showplace Theater
Cost: $150. Register before Sept 7: $125.
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What makes a great puppet show? Participants will be introduced to the exciting world of puppetry arts through hands-on exploration of the materials and performance methods used by professional puppeteers. The class will study and discuss the work of master artists to discover what core elements unite traditional Punch and Judy shows with Jim Henson's Muppets and the giant puppets of Royale de Luxe. Along the way, we will survey basic puppetry construction methods, build our own mock-up puppets, and learn the basic techniques for making puppets come to life.

This is an introductory-level class: participants of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome. Graduates have gone on to take advanced classes, create their own works, or simply have a greater appreciation for this timeless art form.
Introduction to Shadow Puppetry- Fall '15 $150.00
Instructor: Brad Shur, Resident Artist
Monday evenings, November 2 - November 23 (4 sessions)
6:30-9:00pm at Puppet Showplace Theater
Cost: $175. Register before Oct 12: $150.
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What do translucent buffalo hide and overhead projectors have in common? Shadow puppetry is a centuries-old art form that is constantly evolving to incorporate new materials and technologies. In "Introduction to Shadow Puppetry," students will learn the history of shadow theater and will encounter examples of exciting work being developed by contemporary shadow puppeteers. Through building and performance exercises, the class will explore diverse styles of shadow puppets ranging from simple silhouettes to elaborate cut-out figures with moving parts. By the end of the class, students will have acquired all the tools they need to create their own shadow puppet show!