Here’s Gourdon! Our new puppet star!

Our newest puppet star has arrived!  Gourdon has joined the cast of “The Kooky Spooky Halloween Show” that we perform throughout October.  Here’s a look back on how this puppet went from a lump of clay, to a paper maché head, and almost making his public debut on live TV, yet to being interviewed for a weekly radio program.

The idea to create a pumpkin headed puppet popped into my head earlier this year when my daughter Eleanor asked me to watch the cartoon “Over The Garden Wall”. In one of the episodes, the two boys visit a village of pumpkin people. They reminded me of the character Jack Pumpkinhead from the Oz series of books written by L. Frank Baum.

So I began sculpting a new puppet…

The new puppet had to wait to be worked on as I toured our “Bee Happy” summer puppet show around Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and even a trip to Massachusetts in August.

Gradually the clay began to “magically” work it’s self into a friendly face that children would enjoy.  I love Halloween, and find the vintage greeting cards that feature pumpkins, witches, and ghosts most visually appealing.  I started looking at lots of great pictures, and added them to a Halloween themed Pinterest page.

Gourdon’s head is made of paper maché, and took me about a two days to build.  I lost count of how many tiny bits of paper it took.  I enjoy this part of the puppet building process, since I can listen to music while working.  I remember listening to Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, They Might Be Giants, Gary Numan and Led Zeppelin while building this puppet.  There is a reason why I always say, “Puppets ROCK!”.

The build was moving along at a good pace.  Things were looking great as I finished the head, and Gourdon started really looking like Gourdon.  I was very happy with our new puppet star, and prepared to sew his body and costume together.  I was booked to make a live TV guest appearance and wanted this to be  his public debut.

Then a bit of a “hick-up” happened after I had finished sewing his inner sleeve and body.  While quickly trying to get the puppet completed for the TV segment, I goofed up and used the wrong pattern on his costume.  It was too small.  I was rather upset, since this puppet has been my project.  In the past, my wife Lara has been the principle puppet builder.  She took a step back to allow me to be more comfortable with sewing, and give me room to learn.  Ugh.  Gordon would not be going on TV.

Fortunately we have a great cast of puppets to “step up” and take Gourdon’s place for the TV interview.  Witch Willie was the best puppet to replace Gourdon.  I have been performing her for over a year, and through the summer, so off to FOX19 she went to make her third live TV appearance:

With this scheduling problem solved, Lara whipped together a fantastic costume for Gourdon to wear for his puppet stage debut at the Behringer-Crawford Museum.  I could hear the children in our audience react to Gourdon as he welcomed them to our show, they love him.  After the show they were thrilled to meet him, with several of the kids requesting to have their photo taken with our new puppet star.

The day’s adventure in puppetry was not over.   After I finished loading-out of the museum, I had to drive back to Wump Mucket Puppets headquarters to unload our  gear, only to head back out to have Witch Willie, Gourdon, and myself record a radio interview on WVXU, Cincinnati’s NPR radio affiliate.

Tune in to Around Cincinnati next week to listen.  WVXU’s John Kieswetter had many great questions for the puppets and myself, making what I am sure will be the fun radio debut of a pumpkin head puppet named Gourdon.

Puppets on CET Cincinnati PBS TV!

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Wump Mucket Puppets are very proud to be a part of the 2017 season premiere of The Art Show on CET Public Television  Cincinnati’s PBS TV station.  Here is the entire program, we are the first segment.  Thanks to producer Don Hancock and his entire production team for producing such a wonderful program that feature artists.  Please help support your local PBS station if you are able.

The entire production process was nothing short of fantastic, everyone involved are among the best in their fields.  I also wish to thank the staff of The Taft Museum for all of their help while the television crew shot my performance for use in the program.

Thanks for watching everyone.

Summer 2016 is here!

Summer 2016 is here!

Our summer touring season is off to a great start with an amazing week of shows, two live television appearances, a radio interview, and a FULL PAGE newspaper article!

Here’s a recap of the last week:

June 3, 2016 – Wump Mucket Puppets made their third guest appearance on WCPO TV.  Anchor Chris Riva was great to chat with.  Thanks to all our pals at WCPO for helping me promote the short film “A Show of Hands”.
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Behind the scenes:  This was Jacqui the Jackalope’s television debut.  Minutes before stepping in front of the cameras, her left antler popped off.  I tried to get it to stay on her head with a bit of Scotch tape…  which didn’t work very well.  Watch it wobble on live TV for thousands of viewers:

June 5, 2016 – Wump Mucket Puppets are on the radio!   WVXU has been a great supporter of our little puppet troupe, here’s our latest interview on the Around Cincinnati program:  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN photo WMP at WVXU June 2016_zpseuxhqrva.jpg

Behind the scenes:  This radio interview was recorded in early May, and broadcast on June 5th. 

June 6, 2016 – Our media parade continued into print with our very first feature article in the Cincinnati Enquirer written by Garin Pirnia.
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June 7, 2016 – All of the media attention would be for nothing if there wasn’t something to promote, and boy did we have that covered.   Our first library show of the season was at the Carroll County Public Library, where the puppets were welcomed by many smiling, laughing children and their parents.
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Our silly caveman Unka Unka won the hearts of the audience with his crazy attempt to build a sand castle.  He was such a hit, that many children were heard imitating him in the library after the show!  “Unka say Shhhh”.  Here’s a photo of Unka Unka meeting a new fan after the show.
 photo WMP at Carrollton KY June 2016_zpsly2kbq7y.jpgWhen our show was finished, I packed up to drive back to Cincinnati and prepare for the Cincinnati premiere of the short documentary film “A Show of Hands”.  The film screening was attended by family, friends, and fans at the Northside branch library.  Here’s a fantastic drawing that author/illustrator Mark Neeley drew to celebrate the screening:

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Following the film, our audience was treated to pizza donated by our favorite Northside pizza shop, N.Y.P.D. Pizza.  We then held a questions and answers session with myself and the film’s director Sean W. Mangan.  Puppeteer friend Linda Mason took this photo from the audience that includes Terrence Burke, Coleman the Sasquatch, Tiernan Burke, and Sean W. Mangan:
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FOX 19 holds a special place in my heart, as they were the very first television station to invite me on as a guest years ago.  The producers and anchors have always been helpful and as you can see in this fun segment with Catherine Bodak, love our puppet characters:

June 9, 2016 –  With the media appearances completed (until next month!) it was back on the road for our mighty little puppet troupe.  Thursday we made our debut at the Gallatin County Public Library in Warsaw, Kentucky.   The audience was fantastic and loved our silliness!

Behind the scenes:  As I began to pack up the puppets after the show, a young boy and his mother approached me.  Apparently the mom had mixed up the showtime, and her son really wanted to see us.  Well, this young man didn’t go home disappointed…   Cyril and Coleman sang our theme tune for him, cracked a few corny jokes, and then took him on a backstage tour!  They also made sure he had coloring pages, a couple stickers, AND an autographed postcard to take home!

June 10, 2016 – We love meeting new pals, and the state of Kentucky appears to be full of new Wump Mucket Puppets fans!  On Friday we returned to Carroll County to perform for a very lively audience at the Sanders Baptist Church in Sanders, KY.   One of our new fans was so impressed with the show that she wrote a quick review directly after the performance:
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The note reads “Good job”  Coleman really appreciated the note, and enjoyed meeting his new pals after the show.

With the first week  of shows completed, I look forward to entertaining and meeting even more new pals on our travels as the Wump Mucket Puppets rock Summer 2016!

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 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.

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.

Happy Birthday Burr Tillstrom

Happy Birthday Burr Tillstrom

Today would have been puppeteer Burr Tillstrom‘s 97th birthday.

His show Kukla Fran and Ollie was one of the first puppet television shows that I remember seeing as a boy.  I guess it made quite an impression as I am still a fan to this very day.

To celebrate Burr’s birthday my wife Lara and I created this little video

Thanks Burr!  You made lots of people happy.