What a week Wump Mucket Puppets

What a fantastic, puppet rockin’ week it has been!  Wump Mucket Puppets are becoming regular guests in Cincinnati media.  We love all the kind attention that we are getting.  Thank you to the producers, anchors, and editors that have helped me share this adventure in puppetry with their viewers, listeners, and readers.  You ROCK!

We return to WVXU
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Our media “blitz” this past week began with an email from WVXU 91.7 FM, Cincinnati’s NPR affiliate, to invite me to come to their Central Parkway studios and be interviewed to promote our May 9, 2015 performance at Northside’s Art in the Park.  Producer Lee Hay has been very kind to our little puppet troupe, making this our fifth appearance on Around Cincinnati.  Be sure to tune in Sunday April 26, from 7 – 8 pm or listen to their stream.  We had a great time chatting with host Anne Arenstein, plus Reg The Loveland Frog makes his radio singing debut!  Here are a few of Wump Mucket Puppets previous apperances on WVXU to enjoy.

Promoting Cincinnati puppetry on FOX19
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How do you follow up a radio interview?  How about a LIVE morning television segment!  As the president of the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild, I am very grateful to the folks at FOX19 to invite myself and our vice president Ryan Moore on as guests.  Anchor Frank Marzullo is fun to talk to.  WXIX has a long history with Cincinnati puppetry, as it was the TV station that our founding guild president Larry Smith helped sign on the air in 1968, and remained one of the top rated shows.  I look forward to future guests spots with Frank and his co-hosts at FOX19.
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Here’s our segment on FOX19 Morning Xtra to enjoy:

Day of Puppetry

As the week drew closer to the Day of Puppetry, my wife Lara and I found the time to get our growing cast of puppets together for a few photos that Cincinnati Magazine has requested for their June 2015 issue to promote Wump Mucket Puppets performance at the Taft Museum of Art on Sunday June 21, 2015.  You must pick up that issue to see our fantastic photo.

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The Day of Puppetry at Happen in Northside was a big hit with all the children and their families who attended.  Thanks to Happen Inc for being our host for three years in a row!  And thank you to puppeteers Ryan Moore and Richard Brown who performed along with me and share the joy of puppetry with our city.

 

Wump Mucket Puppets Celebrates Five Years

Wump Mucket Puppets Celebrates Five Years

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Today we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Wump Mucket Puppets as a performing puppet troupe. Yes, this silliness finally got it’s act together on the cold morning of March 18, 2010 to perform for a classroom full of cheerful preschool children.

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I remember that I worried about having at least ten minutes of material to perform in my show.  I also recall how much my arms and hands ached after holding up two puppets for ten whole minutes.  These days I am changing up six to seven puppets for a 30-40 minute show! 

Yet, I will never forget the laughter that came from the youngsters, they were giggling at the silly ideas that began to take shape back in 2001 and slowly grew into a puppet troupe.  It was my daughter Eleanor who said to her teacher “My Daddy is a puppeteer”, that gave me the final push needed to get my puppetry out of our house, and in front of an audience once and for all.

And what an audience you are!  In the past five years I have had the honor to hear thousands of children laugh, sing, clap, and talk to my puppet characters.  A  grandmother has told me that she felt like a little girl while watching my puppetry.  While performing at the Duke Energy Convention Center this past Thanksgiving, a gentleman in the audience shouted, “Man!  You ARE Larry Smith!”.  For those of you outside the Cincinnati area, Larry Smith is a legendary Cincinnati puppeteer who still has many fans who remember his puppetry fondly.  Being compared to him is quite a compliment. 

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While I may not have the chance to meet with everyone who comes to see my puppet shows, please know that your applause, laughter, artwork, and messages mean the world to me.  Thank you very much for being a part of my life for the last five years.  Puppets ROCK!

 

 

Wump Mucket Puppets first PSA is here!

Wump Mucket Puppets first PSA is here!

Recycling with Mayor Cranley from CitiCable on Vimeo.

The wait is over!  Wump Mucket Puppets first PSA is here!

The first of five public service announcements (PSA) that were produced by staff and students of Cincinnati State College for the City of Cincinnati Public Services department is ready for your viewing pleasure.
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It was a fantastic experience to work with the crew, and help Cincinnati’s Public Services department encourage the citizens of our city to recycle in a fun way.  Cyril got a chuckle of seeing himself in a video with Mayor John Cranley. 

Be sure to recycle no matter where you live to help keep our planet green and clean.

2015 is rockin’ already!

2015 is rockin’ already!

So much is happening at Wump Mucket Puppets HQ!  Our August New England tour is beginning to fill in, and our 2015 Tri-State (OH, KY, IN) shows are looking great too!
Plus we have several new tunes, skits, and puppets in the works!

Do you know about the TV pilot that Terrence Burke will be puppeteering in?  Oh boy!  It’s a television show that teaches yoga to children called “Stretch of the Imagination”.  More details as soon as we can share ’em.  It’s a very cool production, we promise!

How about a Puppets n’ Pizza Party? 

Wump Mucket Puppets are teaming up with The Kitchen Factory in Northside to perform our zany puppet show for children while they enjoy kid-size slices of yummy pizza.   Saturday February 28th, 2 – 3 PMChildren ages 3 to12 may enjoy pizza and a healthy drink while watching our puppet show for only $7.00. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult menu available.
Call Kitchen Factory at (513) 591-3333
if you have any questions.

RSVP on our Facebook Events Page

We promise to share more exciting Wump Mucket Puppets’ news soon. Thanks for your interest. Puppets ROCK!

2014 FAN-tastic Contest!

2014 FAN-tastic Contest!

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What a fantastic year 2014 has been for Wump Mucket Puppets!  We have performed for so many great people and made lots of new pals.

What better way to show our thanks to our fans than a FUN contest with really GREAT prizes!

Here’s all you have to do:

1.  LIKE our the official Wump Mucket Puppets Facebook page <<<click here
If you already have, THANKS!

2. ASK your friends to LIKE the Wump Mucket Puppets Facebook Page.  When they LIKE it they must leave a POST on the page’s wall that YOU sent them.
Example:  Hi this is Pete Puppet!  Marion Nette suggested that I should LIKE your page.

3. WIN!  We want to reach 1000 LIKES on our Facebook Page by December 31, 2014.  The more people you get to LIKE our page, the better chances YOU have of winning these GREAT PRIZES!

Our 2014 contest is open to anyone, yet we can ONLY ship prizes to postal addresses in the USA.  Cast and crew of Wump Mucket Puppets and small rodents are not eligible.

Tallies of NEW referred likes to our page will be kept weekly and posted on our Facebook page.  Winners will be notified on January 1, 2015.  Prizes will be shipped within two weeks of notification.

GRAND PRIZE  Palisades Muppets Clifford collectable figure!

Winner is our FAN  who got the largest amount of their friends to like our page. THANKS!
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SECOND PRIZE Rose Art Sesame Street 35th Anniversary Game

Second place winner got the second most amount of their friends to like our page.

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THIRD PRIZE     Leap Year Muppets 500 pc. Puzzle

Third place winner got the third most amount of their friends to like our page.
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Each of these FAN-tastic prizes are from Terrence Burke’s personal collection of fun stuff, and have NEVER BEEN OPENED!

WAIT THERE’S MORE!
Each winner will also receive a Wump Mucket Puppets Pack O’ Fun, which includes a postcard, a bumper sticker, and five badges with our cast smiling at you!
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So go out and get your friends to become our FANS and YOU CAN WIN!  Our fans know that PUPPETS ROCK!

Puppet Rockin’ in the Queen City Day 5

Wump Mucket Puppets on location in Clifton, Cincinnati, Ohio

Puppet Rockin’ in the Queen City Day 5

November 12, 2014 – At last, our schedules and weather synchronized to allow the cast and crew an afternoon to shoot the fifth and final PSA for the City of Cincinnati Department of Public Services.  Had we really been working on these for a little over a month?  Somehow the entire production seemed to fly by!
 photo 006_zps752ee1d8.jpg For the final shoot we found ourselves in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati.  It was a quick commute from the Wump Mucket Puppets headquarters in Northside.  The puppets cast in this spot were Cyril and his alien buddy G’Wazzl.   How was I going to have two of my puppets in a scene?  This was made possible with lots of help from Amanda Checco and Beth Dickerson, who “puppet wrangled” G’Wazzl in the background while I performed Cyril.  I think they had fun, just look at their smiles!
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In the PSA Cyril meets his neighbor Mark Bertram, who has just discovered that someone left their UFO in his trash pile along the curb.  Mark and Cyril then explain to the viewers how to have their waste picked up, even alien spacecraft!  There will be a surprise ending that you will have to wait for.  I promise you this, it’s OUT OF THIS WORLD!
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After shooting the scene featuring Mark and Cyril, I had to switch puppets and perform G’Wazzl to deliver his lines.  I was really impressed with the UFO prop that was made for this production, even G’Waz wanted to take it for a spin around the block.  And then, with the shout “that’s a wrap!”, we were finished.  The Wump Mucket Puppets are soon to be that puppet stars of five different television PSAs for the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Public Services.

What started as an email from Gerald Checco back in July will soon deliver important messages, in a fun way, to the citizens of our city.  It was a fantastic experience for me.  Thanks to:  Gerald Checco, for reconnecting with me (we were on the radio together in back the 1980s) and for choosing my puppets to share his department’s messages.  Ann Newsom, for her kind words of encouragement and use of her blanket while puppeteering on the sidewalk.  Paul Grundy, for keeping this entire production team together, while schedules and weather had other plans.  Bobby Gayol, who’s laughter to my puppet’s silliness only made me want to be sillier. I also enjoyed our chit-chat about Cincinnati rock scene from years ago.  Zo Wesson, a great fan of puppetry who knew what to ask the puppets to do, and inspired their puppeteer to rock even harder.  Beth Dickerson, for being such a kind wrangler of G’Wazzl and very helpful during the recording of our voice-overs.  Anastasia, Cory (I apologize for not remembering your last names), for helping Cyril get his cape on and for helping me take my mic off.  Of course we must give shout outs to all our co-stars; John Ervin, Markeesha, Ed Grant, Ann, Marcus Potter, Mayor John Cranley, and Mark Bertram!  You were fantastic!

So what’s next?  Paul Grundy has told me that once the five PSAs are edited and approved, we may be presenting them at a Cincinnati city council meeting in early 2015!  I wonder if I can convince Coleman to wear his tuxedo? 

Eventually the PSAs will be provided to Cincinnati television stations and social media, to help inform the public about the new rules and changes to trash collection in Cincinnati.  I had a great time working with everyone involved with this production, and hope that you had fun working with me and my cast of zany puppet characters too.  It is my dream that the Wump Mucket Puppets will be cast in future television productions or advertisements, after all…puppets ROCK!
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Puppet Rockin’ in the Queen City Day 4

Puppet Rockin’ in the Queen City Day 4

November 3, 2014 – We neared the end of the production, with all but one of the televisions spots recorded.  It was time to re-record my puppet character’s dialog in the recording studio.  Although I was using a microphone on the shoots, the audio recorded was for reference, a “scratch-track” in you will.  I was happy to spend some time in the studio at Cincinnati State College.   This is the dialog that will be heard in TV spots.

Terrence Burke voicing his puppet characters in the recording studio at Cincinnati State College.

It had been many years since I was behind a microphone in a recording studio.  Long before puppetry was my creative focus, I was the producer and host of a radio program called “Doctor 13’s Audio Lab” on WAIF-FM in Cincinnati.  The funny thing was, as soon as I put on the headphones and stepped behind the mic, I was read for my puppet’s voices to rock!  Sort of like riding a bike I guess.

Now some of you may wonder, do I need the puppets on my hands to be in character?  NOPE!  These characters are very much a part of my imagination and can be called upon at my will.  Cyril did make the bus trip to the studio with me, but only to make certain that I behaved myself.

I do plan to bring the Wump Mucket Puppets into a recording studio one day, to record all of my original tunes that are heard in our puppet shows.  That should be fun!

Here’s a peek inside the studio as I record the dialog for Cyril and Coleman:

I have often told people that I consider my puppetry “live action cartoons”, and feel that their are a number of similarities in the two art forms.  Let’s see…  Funny looking characters?  Yup.  Exaggerated  voices?  Got ’em.  Silly songs?  We sing many.  Overall zaniness?  With some to spare!  Need I go on?  These thoughts go back to my childhood in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when I was soaking in as much Saturday morning TV as my young brain could handle.  I was interested in three things back then:  Puppets, cartoons, comics.  I remember asking my mother how cartoons are made.  She explained that a cartoon was a series of drawings that were filmed, and when projected very fast created the illusion that the cartoon character was moving.  I made a few flip-books and became discouraged that an animation studio was out of the financial means of a imaginative seven year-old boy.  By that time I had a good idea how to put on a puppet show for my family. I could do almost everything with a puppet that a cartoon character could do, and perform live!  It was probably around this time in my life that my future was set.  A creative spark had started a fire inside me, my life would eventually lead to puppetry.

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Cyril checks in on his puppeteer during the recording session.

During the session I recorded all of the puppet’s dialog within several takes.  Getting into “voice” wasn’t the trouble.  It was my fumbling a couple words that needed to be fixed.  For some reason “mayor” was sounding like “mEyer”.  No trouble, it’s all digital now!  All fixed.  I am sure that great voice actors have some great out takes and friendly pranks in their careers.  Being the playful guy I am, I hid beneath the music stand while the folks behind the glass window attended to something.  I then brought Cyril up to the mic to announce, “Burke stepped out.  I’ll be doing all the work now!”.  This got a few laughs from the control room, which was what I was going for.

Silly voices.  Puppets.  Fun.  Our recording session was done.  The Wump Mucket Puppets ROCKED the mic!

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Puppet Rockin’ in the Queen City Day 3

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Puppet Rockin’ in the Queen City Day 3

Friday, October 24 2014  The third day of our production was chosen to work into the schedule of our VIP.  None other than the Mayor of Cincinnati, John Cranley!  He’s a very busy man, and we were grateful to have thirty minutes of his time to include him in the video.  When our crew got the call that Mayor Cranley would be available, I was informed that the shoot at City Hall was a go!

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I have met my share of famous people in my years in the radio/music biz, yet this was my first time meeting and performing for television with a mayor.  I have to admit, I was a wee bit nervous before the cameras started to roll.  Being the prepared puppeteer that I am, I brought a Wump Mucket Puppets Pack o’ Fun and several coloring pages for Mayor Cranley to give to his young son.

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Our crew was very speedy in setting up the lighting and camera equipment, so that when Mayor Cranley arrived we could shoot his scenes lickity split!  We were shooting in front of an antique trash wagon that still has a plate on the front dated 1928!  It’s still really sturdy, I even climbed up into the driver’s bench with Cyril.

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The message for this spot is to encourage viewers to keep Cincinnati green by recycling cans and paper whenever possible.  Cyril and his co-star John Ervin are off to meet the Mayor and find him “cleaning up City Hall”.  I had a bit of a hard time hearing our directors Bobby Gayol and Paul Grundy call “Action!” a few times, due to all the traffic, church bells, buses, and fire engines.  Keep it down Cincinnati!  We’re making television here!

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I was very fortunate that our producer Ann Newsom, from Cincinnati’s Department of Public Services, had a spare blanket in her car. Thanks again Ann!

I did bring my trusty travel mug of chamomile tea and honey, which really did help my voice stay in shape on this Autumn afternoon.  Notice the clipboard that is holding my script?  That piece of particle board has been with me since my radio and zine days in the early 1990s!  I have lost track how many radio playlists, zine articles, and now puppetry scripts have been held into place on that clipboard.

With my solo scenes shot.  The word was given that we were ready to have Mayor John Cranley join us.  He was very friendly when I introduced him to his co-star Cyril the Sea Serpent, he even tweeted about us later that afternoon!  I had hoped to take a photo with the Mayor, but sadly time did not allow for that.  Cyril has able to shoot this picture with his tail as the crew and producers explained the script to the Mayor.  Many pedestrians passed us, wondering what was going on at City Hall.
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Mayor Cranley performed his scene with Cyril quickly and was off to another appointment.  Cyril got to say goodbye, and hopes to work at City Hall again.  Next on the shot sheet was Kitty Quo Quo Quo Qua‘s scene.  Keep in mind that Kitty is a giant intergalactic, transdimensional alien space cat.  She is so large that only one of her paws can enter our dimension.  Soupy Sales had giant dog paws on his show, I have a giant space cat paw in mine.  Did you know that Soupy’s television career was started on WKRC-TV right here in Cincinnati?

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For her scene Kitty had to throw a tin can onto the sidewalk, which prompts  Mayor Cranley to scold her and explain that he all need to do our part and recycle.  I had to practice the can toss a few times to get the throw right for the camera.  After a few takes, success!  Maybe she should pitch for The Reds next Spring?

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When we finished shooting Kitty’s scene,  it was time to call it a day!  I was eager to get home and tell my family about puppeteering with Mayor Cranley.  My mother was visiting us from New England, and was very interested in hearing about the puppetry that I have been performing.  Once again, I had a very positive experience all around.  I was happy that the planets and our schedules aligned, allowing us an afternoon to shoot another TV spot with my puppet characters.

Puppet Rockin’ in the Queen City Day 2

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Puppet Rockin’ in the Queen City Day 2

Friday, October 17 2014.  Our television production was delayed over a week due to the heavy rain that was falling on Cincinnati.  Eventually, the sun decided to come out again, and we were ready and waiting to make some more fun TV spots.  Our entire team was tired of the rain.

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Our first location for second full day of shooting was in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood of Cincinnati.  Our special guest star was Ed Grant of AllGood Home Improvements.  I must admit that I had no idea who our guest was, yet our crew was very excited that Ed was working with us.  I learned that he is the owner and TV spokesman for AllGood, and appears in quite a few TV ads for his business.  This was both his first time shooting on location, and performing with a caveman puppet!

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In this spot, Unka Unka is trying to hold an overloaded trash can’s lid down, until it bursts and sends trash all over the sidewalk, and a banana peel onto his head.  Ed plays Unka’s neighbor and informs him how to get a bigger trashcan to hold all his waste.

It was a very welcome relief not to have to puppeteer from inside a trash can again.  All of my scenes with Unka were performed by hiding myself behind a row of trash cans lined up on the sidewalk.  The “luxury” of climbing inside the can to launch the prop trash out of the can and onto the ground was given to Paul Grundy.

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Puppeteering Unka is different from many of the other puppets in our cast, as he is a traditional hand puppet without a moving mouth.  His head rests on my index finger while my thumb and pinky on my left hand operate his arms.  Since I sculpted his head to fit my left hand, it is not too uncomfortable to perform him.  Unka Unka is a caveman in the most cartoony way, and his vocabulary is not very large.  The script used in this spot gave Unka more dialog than in our live puppet show.  I delivered his lines in “cave speak” with the appropriate ughs and grunts.  Since making this spot Unka has asked me to give him more stage time and lines.  Next thing you know he’ll want his own dressing room and a oppurtunity to perform Shakespeare!

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After Ed and Unka completed their scenes, it was time for Cyril and his co-star John Ervin to shoot their bits that will be edited in.  Cyril was pleased to work with John again and got a thrill delivering his lines from inside a city garbage truck.  When these scenes were completed we learned that the producers were treating the cast and crew to lunch at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub!

After lunch, we headed to our second location of the day to shoot in the neighborhood of Westwood.  It was nice to learn that the father of our co-star Ann was friends with my departed, but never forgotten, friend Michael W. Riley.  That’s the beauty of living in a smaller city, you eventually bump into nice people who know somebody that you know.

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My second co-star for this spot was Marcus Potter.  It turns out that he is a singer too!  I enjoyed working with him, and chatting about how performers can use social media and websites to  promote themselves.  As you can see from the photo above Cyril (and his tail) had fun acting with Marcus too.

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In this PSA (that’s TV talk for Public Service Announcement) Cyril and Marcus see that Ann is not using approved trash cans when putting them out for pick-up.  Above is a photo of our crew setting up a shot.

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About halfway through this scene I noticed that we had a few young visitors on location!  Cyril urged me to bring him over and meet our young friends.  As it turns out they are the grandchildren of my co-star John Ervin, and very excited that their grandfather was working with puppets.

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After warming up to us, Dante and Olivia agreed to have their photo taken with Cyril.  Dante told me that this was his sister’s first time meeting a puppet.  As you can see from his wonderful smile he had a great time meeting us too.  Thanks for visiting us on location Dante and Olivia, we hope you’ll come see our show!

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With the visit from our new young pals over, it was time to get back to work and get the remaining shots finished.  Luckily the wonderful weather stayed with us all afternoon.  Cyril was fascinated by all the video equipment and enjoyed watching our talented crew work their magic. They make the hard work look so easy.

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Then after a few takes with Cyril and Ann, we were finished with another very productive day of puppeteering for television.  The great weather certainly helped everyone shine.  I really enjoyed spending a few minutes Dante and Olivia and entertaining them with Cyril and Coleman.  The nine hours of hard work seemed to fly by, that’s because we were all having fun.

Puppet Rockin’ In The Queen City

Wump Mucket Puppets on location for City of Cincinnati TV spot

Puppet Rockin’ In The Queen City

Day 1 – Hillsides and Trashcans

As I attempted to sleep on Wednesday night, I remembered of all of the people that have helped me reach this new point in following my childhood dream to be a puppeteer.  Certainly my parents were there from the start so long ago.  Thoughts of my father were racing about my brain, and how I wished he was here to enjoy my growing success as a puppeteer.  Then, I finally fell asleep.

Suddenly it was 5:45 on Thursday morning.  I needed to prepare for my day as the solo puppeteer for the Cincinnati Department of Public Services television spot -that’s showbiz lingo!  I zipped up my hoodie, plugged in my earbuds, and hit the sidewalk for my morning walk, Led Zeppelin was my soundtrack.  With the “rock walk” and arm stretches complete, I had breakfast, kissed my family goodbye and drove to Cincinnati State College, who’s video department are providing the crew and equipment for this shoot.

Our little caravan of vehicles included the production van, a college shuttle bus (posing as a Green Room/prop department), and a city garbage truck driven by one of my co-stars John Ervin.  In between scenes John and I chatted about the truck.  I know my seven year old son Tiernan would have loved to see his daddy squished into the cab to perform Cyril the Sea Serpent.  John told me that these rigs can get up to 65 mph, provided they are not hauling trash.

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Cyril and Terrence are unaware that in a few minutes they will be squishing themselves into a trash can. The things we do for laughs! © 2014 Terrence Burke / Wump Mucket Puppets

Our first location was on on Heekin Avenue, in the Mt. Lookout neighborhood of Cincinnati. In this PSA we are informing residents who live on steep hills that they can get an exemption form and leave their trash on the curb.   This was the most difficult scene to shoot since we were working on a set of very steep, and cold, concrete steps. If that wasn’t hard enough, I had to puppeteer from inside a trash can, covered in make-believe trash!  It was not easy, yet we got the shots needed.    I won’t give any more away, yet I will promise you this, it’s VERY FUNNY!  Our director Zo Wesson was very encouraging and praised me for my performance multiple times.  I guess he knows that this puppet rocker ROCKS HARD!

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Coleman had a great time goofing around with the cast and crew in Mt. Lookout. © 2014 Terrence Burke / Wump Mucket Puppets

After our lunch break, the cast and crew made their way to Cincinnati’s Westwood neighborhood.  The video and lighting equipment was nearly set up when the sky above us began to darken.  Rain was determined to stop this from being shot.  No trouble, we still had a third location on the schedule, the city garbage truck garage!

Director Zo Wesson and crew set up a shot at the garbage truck garage. (L-R: Zo Wesson, John Ervin, Terrence Burke) © 2014 Terrence Burke /  Wump Mucket Puppets

For our final location we shot a few of Cyril’s intros, welcoming the viewer, and explaining where he’s going with his pal John.  This time we were protected from the rain, and I got to sit on an apple box!  Now that’s luxury.

Cyril hamming it up for the camera between takes while Terrence Burke listens to the director. © 2014 Terrence Burke / Wump Mucket Puppet.

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Terrence Burke puppeteering Cyril the Sea Serpent. © 2014 Terrence Burke / Wump Mucket Puppets

Cyril and his co-star John Ervin are greeting viewers in this shot. © 2014 Terrence Burke / Wump Mucket Puppets

With several of our garage shots “in the can”, the crew began to pack up all of their video and lighting equipment.  And I thought puppeteers had lots of gear!  These folks filled two vans with their gear.

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What I really enjoy about this production is that it’s cast and crew are all from Cincinnati.  Working with these fine folks was great.  Everyone gave it their all to make this production shine, even though the sun wasn’t.

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Our cast and crew. These folks ROCK! L-R (front row) Anastasia, Zo Wesson, Corry (back row) Bobby Gayol, Cyril the Sea Serpent, Terrence Burke, John Ervin, Paul Grundy. © 2014 Terrence Burke / Wump Mucket Puppets