Puppetry

George Latshaw

I just found out that George Latshaw passed away. When I was in college, I got an internship at the Center for Puppetry Arts. To add to my good fortune, I was assigned to the cast of Wizard of Oz, directed by George Latshaw. I had already read his book, The Complete Book of Puppetry, …

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Arabian Nights revisited

Last year, I designed the set of Arabian Nights for McCarter theater’s touring production. They have re-imagined the show, eliminating the frame story and making other changes significant enough that the existing set doesn’t make sense any more. At the same time, there are scenes within the show that they did like and want to …

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Back on the boat

So. For those of you who have only recently begun reading my blog, I’ll do a little backstory. In 2000, I had a wrist injury and wound up having to take about two years off from puppetry while things healed. I got a job at the Portland Spirit, a river cruise dinner boat, in their …

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No puppets?!?

Oh my. I just realized that, in Shades of Milk and Honey, I’ve created a world where it’s quite likely that shadow puppetry would never have arisen. In fact, I think that puppetry and mask work may only have come up as a form of sham glamour. This is very strange for me. I’m thinking …

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Puppets, dialogue and me

So for the last two days I was at work, shooting commercials and other small things for the show. It felt really, really good to do some puppetry again. Mostly it was my standard routine of fetching carts, and hats for the puppeteer. I did do some hand work for a couple of different shots. …

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Prepping for fiberglass

Unfortunately, the battery on my camera died so I don’t have very many pictures of this part of the process. I first removed the lower jaw and then carved out an upper and lower palate for the bear. While I’ll fiberglass all of it, I’ll wind up cutting some away later giving the bear a …

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Reading Aloud 7: Breathing

In puppetry we say that breathe carries the emotion. The only time a person notices another person breathing is when it’s important, when it’s carrying information. The simplest example is what happens when you look at someone lying down. You automatically notice if they are breathing, to make certain they aren’t dead. But there are …

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Mirror, mirror

I went in today to hold up puppets for a photoshoot. They needed all of pictures of all of the puppets in all of their costumes. It went surprisingly quickly, thanks to the photographer and our wranglers and wardrobe department. The photographer was standing in front of a mirror, so I could see to focus …

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Keeping honest

It’s been awhile since I posted one of these. I’ve been editing and set poor Pimi to the side. I’m not sure how many words I’ve written today, because I forgot to look at my wordcount before I started. First: Pimi fingered a length of cloth on a low shelf in the clothier’s shop. Last: …

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