Short and sweet blog tonight since I am tuckered out. Rockin’ puppets is hard work, honest. Our two performances at the Taft Museum of Art were wonderful! We had 108 people come and see us, which may be a record for this little puppet troupe.
Everything about today’s shows was great. The audience, the Taft’s staff, and even The Reds helped by sweeping The Mets! What was really special is that it was on Father’s Day. My Dad was very supportive of my interest in puppetry as a child, and to pay tribute to him I had Coleman perform a new tune titled “For Dad”. I hope that in some way he heard it.
In addition to the shows, my interview aired on Cincinnati’s NPR radio station WVXU 91.7 FM. My puppets really are popping up all over the town! A heartfelt thank you to everyone who came to see the shows today, we hope that you’ll come see us again real soon.
One of the great things about being “the boss” at Wump Mucket Puppets is that I get to wear many crazy hats. Over the last few days I have been fiddling with the computer to create this snazzy new poster to help promote of 2011 Holiday Sing-A-Long show on December 22: Wump Holiday 11 Poster
This evening I had the honor of performing my little puppet show for a roomful of guests and volunteers at Bethany House Services in Cincinnati’s Fairmount neighborhood. The children were fabulous and laughed, applauded, and even helped the puppets at the end of the show by shouting our signature closing cheer “Puppets Rock!”.
It is my sincere hope that I helped these children have a happier day with my simple gift of puppetry. Why you ask? Bethany House Services helps women and children who are homeless and disadvantaged. I was hired by a volunteer organization to be the evening’s entertainment for the guest’s Thanksgiving celebration.
I am very please to say that the video that I have created for our good friends at NYPD Pizza has been shot, well at least 98% of it. This will be the first time that Wump Mucket Puppets have created something with their brand of silliness to promote a business. Who knows gang, this could be the start of something big!
G'Wazzl and Cyril playing themselves in the NYPDpizza.com video
After a few delays, such as rain and a puppeteer with a very bad cold, we were able to visit the playground in Parkers Woods in Northside to shoot the commercial this morning. Many thanks to our good friend Marcelina Robledo who ran the camera, and helped keep the puppets in line. Check out her blog at marcelinarobledo.com
Here is a little teaser for you to enjoy while the video is “cooked” into a tasty slice of puppety pizza fun:
As they used to say on TV, stay tuned for more exciting Wump Mucket Puppets news!
Some people will write almost anything for a laugh. Sadly good humor is hard to find these days. As an example I will share with you Cincinnati’s weekly newspaper CityBeat attempt to make a joke that is very offensive:
The Family Nurturing Center’s Kids on the Block program has been recognized by The Enquirer for its 25 years of educating elementary school children about abuse, primarily through the use of puppet shows presented in classrooms. The program has expanded its curriculum from sexual and physical abuse and now includes bullying and school safety issues. The organization apparently has a real knack for educating youngsters, even though puppeteers would finish second only to the piano teacher in the “What Professions are Most Likely To Molest My Kids?” poll if one were ever taken.
Obviously Isaac Thorn is unaware of all the good that puppeteers in Cincinnati and all over the world do for children and their families. Let’s enlighten him a bit with some history of puppetry and The Queen City, because CityBeat seems to be missing the beat all together.
In 1937, the newly formed Puppeteers of America held the very first National Puppetry Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Vent Haven Museum, which CityBeat has called a “world-class museum”, is the world’s only museum of ventriloquial figures and memorabilia. The museum is in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.
Tony Sarg, often called “America’s Puppet Master”, married in Cincinnati and is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.
Larry Smith, television pioneer and puppeteer entertained generations of Cincinnati’s children on his television programs for decades.
Many members of the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild volunteer their time and talent to help promote the art of puppetry by performing at schools, libraries, churches, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
With the facts laid on the table, I have to ask Mr. Thorn for a public apology. Not only is what you consider to be a humorous jab not funny, you are insulting the many talented people who bring laughter, wonderment, and joy to a world that could use more puppeteers.
But wait, there is a use for CityBeat in the puppet community
I am very happy to announce that “Out of the Woods with Coleman the Sasquatch” Episode 2 is finished and awaiting your eyes & ears.
In this thrilling episode Coleman follows up on a call from his pal Michael, who thinks that he may have seen a large, strange, smelly creature lurking in the woods behind his house.
Let’s “tune in” and see what they find…
So, did you enjoy it? We had a grand time making the video in Williamstown, Kentucky at the home of our very dear friends Chris and Reynae Lockhart. Chris was very helpful and was our cameraman for the video. Did you see his cameo as a grumpy property owner? Michael Switzer, was a very enthusiastic and patient actor. Thanks Michael for putting up with Coleman and his puppeteer!
The cast of Episode 2 relax between takes. In this photo: Terrence Burke, Coleman the Sasquatch, Michael Switzer
Did you know that there have been Bigfoot sightings in Kentucky? I can help but wonder if a Sasquatch family may have been watching us while we made the video.