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Shadow Puppetry Production Lab- Spring 2015 $200.00
Instructor: Brad Shur, Resident Artist
Six sessions, Feb 23, March 2, 9,16, 23, 30
$200 + $20 materials fee, due in cash to the instructor at the start of class.
Register by February 1: $175 + $20 materials fee.
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Bring your story ideas into reality as you learn to build and perform your very own shadow puppet show in this rigorous and supportive class. We'll begin with exercises in design and research, using both scripting and visual storyboarding to get your concept ready for production. Participants will then create scenery and environments, and will learn 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 are invited to showcase their final work in the Puppet Showplace Slam. This is an advanced-level class: "Introduction to Shadow Puppetry" or equivalent experience is recommended. Participants will be expected to work on projects outside of class time.
Shadow Puppetry Master Class with CTW $25.00
Instructor: Stephen Kaplin, Chinese Theatre Works
Single-session class
Thursday March 26 6:30 – 8:30 pm
$25 (Members $15)

Join master puppeteer Stephen Kaplin of Chinese Theatre Works for a fascinating and hands-on exploration of traditional and contemporary shadow theater.

Shadow performance is the world’s oldest form of motion picture storytelling. In many parts of Asia, shadows are a medium for transmitting sacred stories and legends down through generations. In the 21st Century, shadow theater has blended digital technology, projections, and animation together with live performance to create large scale moving image spectacles.
The two-hour class begins with a lecture and demonstration of traditional and contemporary shadow figures from around the world. We will then explore the nature of light and projection, and learn about the overhead projector as a performance medium. Participants will then go through the process of designing, constructing, and performing with their own stylized shadow puppet figures.
Build Your Own Monster Puppet- Spring 2015 $175.00
Instructor: Jonathan Little, Little’s Creatures
4 sessions: Tuesdays April 28- May 19
FEE: $200 + $25 (Register by April 1, $175. Puppets at Night Members save 15%!)

Have you always wanted to make your own customized puppet? What about your own pet monster? Now you're in luck! This class will give you all the skills you need to start building your very own puppets (monster or otherwise).

Class participants will be guided step-by-step through the process of making a moving-mouth puppet with rod-controlled arms, a style frequently used in television puppetry. You will be taught how to properly cut fake fur, how to hide and minimize the appearance of seams, how to create posable hands, and much, much more! In addition to learning how to build the puppet, participants will be introduced to the materials used in professional puppet design, and the common tools every puppet maker needs.

This is an Introductory-level class: prior building experience is not necessary. All participants will be trained and expected to sew, use hot glue, and use basic hand tools.