Wump Mucket Puppets on the radio!
We are hitting the Cincinnati airwaves as guests on 91.7 WVXU‘s “Around Cincinnati” program on Sunday, November 8, 2015 between 7 – 8 PM. This will be G’Wizzl’s radio debut so be sure to tune in and hear Terrence Burke and G’Wizzl chat about all things Wump Mucket! Listen online at www.WVXU.org
In other Wump Mucket Puppet news…
Film Documentary Update:
The film documentary directed by Sean Mangan is coming along nicely. I have seen a few bits, and it looks fantastic! Sean has been editing the footage that he has been shooting over the last month or so to complete a 15-20 minute film. It’s very exciting to be the subject of a documentary, and I look forward to seeing the finished film. Sean has been fantastic to work with! We are hoping to have a screening for our Cincinnati friends, and will be sure to let you know when and where as soon as we can.
New Puppet Star and skit:
A new puppet star is on the way! My wife (and chief puppet builder) Lara Rumizen has come up with a fantastic design for what we are sure will be a popular new addition to our growing cast of puppets. Can you guess what sort of fantastic new creature it will be? Here’s a few clues… This creature may have been “found” out West or on the prairie. A statue of this legendary creature was built in Wyoming. It has even found it’s way onto very popular postcards. Can you guess what it will be? Be sure to join the Wump Mucket Puppets Facebook page as we begin to post photos of this new character!
Our “Frozen Follies” Holiday/Winter show is preparing to roll out to several schools and libraries this Winter. Be sure to come and see our brand new skit “The Great Marshmallow Harvest” that stars Coleman the Sasquatch and our new puppet star! Dates and times for performances open to the general public can be found on our website’s SHOWS page.
As always, thanks for your interest in my puppetry. I hope that you can come and see our show this Winter. Puppets ROCK!
Documentary Day One
I know that it’s been MONTHS since I updated this little blog. I shall try harder to keep our friends and fans up to date on the wonderful and wacky world of Wump Mucket Puppets. I bet you are wondering what’s all this documentary talk? Well I hope you are. Let me explain…
A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Wright State University film student Sean Mangan. He asked if I would be interested in being the subject of a portrait documentary that he was directing for his film making class. His film’s purpose is to explore a human being’s story and find a way to make it relatable to an audience. I called him soon after I read the email and arranged a meeting at Wump Mucket HQ (our living room).
Our first meeting went very well. As it turns out, Sean was referred to me by another puppeteer and friend. We talked about the time commitment and began to work out a shooting schedule. During the following week, I emailed several of my clients to obtain permission to allow a film crew to follow me around at their event. The replies were all very positive, and the clients expressed their support and interest in this film. Yahoo!
Finally it was time for our first day of shooting. On October 9th we shot my interview for the film. Sean and his crew member Eric Dickey arrived with a LOAD of film equipment. It was cool to see our living room gradually turn into a mini film studio, as Sean and Eric set up all the lights required to get the right look for the film.
I made certain that I had a cup of tea, and a bottle of water on hand, for what turned out to be what I feel was a great interview. Sean’s questions were very thoughtful. His film is allowing me to tell my story as a performing puppeteer and explain what life events and challenges I have encountered during this adventure in puppetry.
I invite you to follow Wump Mucket Puppets on Facebook. I have posted a few photos on that page, and will be adding more as this production continues next week with a camera following me behind the scenes at my puppet show. Puppets ROCK!