I had the pleasure to shoot another as the puppeteer of The Duck in a video with Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, Aftab Pureval. He is running for US Congress in 2018. This will be the second time in almost two years that I have voiced and puppeteered The Duck for campaign videos for Aftab. Here is a link to the other videos that I perform The Duck: CLICK HERE TO WATCH
While it may seem easy, providing the character voice and holding the puppet up into frame for the camera to see, requires me to hide myself behind Aftab while keeping The Duck puppet steady and in the shot.
You may be wondering where The Duck puppet came from. The puppet was purchased by Aftab’s campain staff a couple years ago when he was running for Hamilton County Clerk of Courts (He WON!). It was created by puppet builder Steve Axtell of Axtell Expressions.
This particular shoot was made on location at a private residence in Downtown Cincinnati. Many thanks to the camera crew, and Aftab’s campaign manager Sarah Topy for having me back as The Duck’s puppeteer. I will be certain to share the video when it is posted online. Best wishes AFTAB!
This is a publicity photo of Sassy and Coleman the Sasquatch, and was taken by Michelle Jellison. The puppet was build over a couple weeks in March 2018 by Terrence Burke.
Sassy was created with art supplies and fabric that were on hand at the Wump Mucket Puppets studio. When designing the puppet, it was decided that there are many black and white cow puppets out there, yet not very many bright green and pink stripped cows. So far the reactions from our pals has been very favorable.
She will be a featured puppet star in the story “The Cow Who Would Not MOO”, which is included in our western-themed “Bucket Gulch” show. Come see Sassy and her co-stars this summer, and find out why she would not moo.
While Coleman may be a bit short to make a “Squatch dunk”, I will share that I did play on a church league basketball team when I was in high school many decades ago. Our team wasn’t the best in town, yet we all had fun playing together. I recall my best game, we were getting stomped on. Everything I threw towards the hoop went in. I had a “ball”. That’s what it’s all about!
Wump Mucket Puppets can bring LOTS of fun to your school, library. or special event. Please see our contact page to get in touch with us.
Summer is the busiest time of year for “road warrior” puppeteers, and children’s entertainers. We pack our vehicles with sound equipment, props, and puppets to travel the highways and back roads of America, sharing joy and with children.
For many of these kids, these shows are their first exposure to live theatre/performance art. I love hearing their small voices, as they enter the libraries, looking at my stage with anticipation and chattering, “It’s a puppet show, a puppet show!”
During the show, I can hear them talking to my puppet cast, responding to jokes, or giggling to the silliness on stage. The magic is working. The children are not looking at pieces of foam, fleece, or paper mache. They have entered the world of my imagination, populated by a Sea Serpent, a Sasquatch, and their fellow cast members. For the next thirty minutes, my young audience has temporarily left any worries of the real world behind. Their reward? A giggle, a song or two, and a happy memory of the day that they went to the library to see a puppet show. This memory is a treasure that they will keep forever.
We are thrilled to share this exclusive coloring page drawn by Cincinnati author/illustrator Mark Neeley: (click on image and print out)
Mark has been a friend of ours for several years and we are honored by his wonderfully playful art of the Wump Mucket Puppets. Please visit his website www.MarkNeeley.comto learn more about his books and art projects.
Be sure to share your finished coloring page on our Facebook page too!