In an attempt to be creative with my puppets, and spend time outside with my children, I brought the Cyril puppet to the fabulous Cincinnati Zoo and made this little video:
The video could have been longer, however some bird in the butterfly garden decided that Cyril made a great target for it’s crap! Oh, I was ticked off! Luckily the bird crap came off and I learned a lesson:
Never try to make a puppet video where there are captive birds!
I took my children to the Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day Parade. We were planning to sit back and enjoy the lovely weather while watching the annual event when this pesky sea serpent showed up and took over my right arm! Here’s the video clip:
No amount of money could replace the feeling I felt when my wife told me that the students that I performed for last month created thank you cards, complete with pictures of my puppets!
I was really touched, and impressed with their artwork. The children must have been paying attention to my little show, because their art really captures the likeness of Cyril, Coleman, and G’Wazzl G’Wook.
What is special to me is that these children were my first audience that were there to see my puppets. All of my previous performances have been in puppet slams with other puppeteers.
It is very obvious that I made some sort of connection with them in the ten minute show. That connection is priceless. It may be foolish, yet making money through puppetry has never been my motivation.
With much help from my very crafty (and lovely) wife, the rebuild of the “Coleman” (AKA “Furry Guy”) puppet has begun. I had cut out the fabric last October, yet cut it much to large for a puppet that is supposed to be a small Sasquatch.
Lara’s sharp eye spotted this and helped get the body of the puppet to look like something Sasquatchy. Now I must build the mouthplate and get it into the puppet’s head, after that it’s the eyes.
I am still up in the air about the puppets arms. Lara thinks he should not have arms, while I think it should. We’ll see.
Furry Guy, who has been renamed Coleman, inspects his new skin
Cincinnati received a proper snow storm last night, so schools closed, many businesses (including the bookshop I work at) shut down, so what should we do will all this free time and snow?
Build a snowman, abominable of course!
Here’s the little video I made:
While not puppetry, this is a piece of original art that I have created from scratch in my front yard. I encourage you to do something different with snow this winter season.
Thanks to the neighbors who commented on my snow sculpture, even the kid who claimed that Bigfoot sightings in Ohio are “A lie!“. I guess that info was just too much for his 10 year old brain to process.
In addition to my 2010 goal to get my puppet show out onto a stage I am trying to take my children to see one puppet show a month. January’s show was called Wild Puppets!
The program was presented by two naturalists from the Cincinnati Parks department at the La Boiteaux Woods nature preserve. They gave two short puppet plays about the animals found in and around the nature preserve using this puppet tree:
The children in the audience were able to make either make their own owl puppet or a possum puppet out of a paper bag. I had my hands full while trying to keep Tiernan from running all around. We were lucky that a one of Eleanor’s classmates was at the show too, her mother helped Eleanor make this nifty owl puppet:
The puppets were mostly Folkmanis puppets and the performance, while not top notch, was just fine for young children. My children loved seeing the animals, and playing with a lady bug puppet (Eleanor) and a stag beetle puppet (Tiernan). Of course I got to do a bit of puppetry when the naturalists had the audience pick up a puppet to participate with. I grabbed a toad puppet and did my Kermit impersonation that got a few laughs. We were also able to pet a rat snake who lives at the nature preserve.
Overall we had a great time, as you can see by looking at this photo of Tiernan: