Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Spring Submissions

It’s Spring! Time yet again for another volume of the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam! We’re very excited to announce that our 8th slam will be presented at Theatre Puget Sound’s Theatre4.

Fussy Cloud aims to provide Seattle with quality adult puppetry performances and support the growth and exploration of both new and seasoned puppeteers. Each slam features an evening of live puppet shorts and films.

We are seeking adult puppet pieces up to 8 minutes long. (“adult” as in “not for children”; “blue” material is acceptable but not required.)

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, April 21st.

Whether you are new to puppetry or have performed at our slam before, we invite you to submit. Whether you have a finished piece to debut, an idea to workshop, or a puppet classic, we want to hear from you! Fussy Cloud is a place to be creative, quirky and experimental.

- Small stipends will be paid to each act
- Additionally some travel stipends are available for out-of-towners

If you would be interested in participating please provide us with some information about your piece:

• Quick Description of your piece (story line, type of puppets used, how many puppeteers, general mood, etc):
• Approx. Length:
• Any video link?
• Any Pictures? (attach to email)

Please send all information and inquiries to: fussycloudpuppetslam@gmail.com

Info: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume VIII
When: Saturday, May 31st at 8pm
Where: Theatre Puget Sound’s Theatre4
305 Harrison St Seattle, WA 98109

Northwest Puppet Center presents: “The Adventures of Sinbad”

Northwest Puppet Center is proud to present:

By Oregon Shadow Theatre

Follow Sinbad as he sails off on his magical journey. This fantastic Persian tale from “The Arabian Nights” features a beautiful cast of colorful shadow puppets accompanied by live music on santoor (Persian dulcimer) and darbuka (hand drum). Don’t miss this stunning show for audiences of all ages.

Weekend performances:
March 1-16, 2014

Sat. 1pm & 3pm
Sun. 1pm & 3pm

Tickets available at the box office 30 minutes before showtime or advance tickets can be purchased anytime:


Thanks for your on-going support. Hope to see you at the puppet center.




Carter Family Marionettes
Northwest Puppet Center
9123 – 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115

tel: 206 523 2579
fax: 206 523 8078

Thistle Theatre presents: “Tiger and the Dried Persimmon”

Mountain Spirit

Mountain Spirit

Thistle Theatre, a puppet theatre for families, presents:
Tiger and the Dried Persimmon

Based on a Korean folk story, this production is perfect for families with children aged 3 and up. A Mountain Spirit sends a young tiger down the mountainside to hunt for food and to bring back what he has learned on his journey. The tiger ventures into a village and finds a house where he overhears a mother trying to coax her child to stop crying. “Hush now, if you don’t stop crying,” she pauses to think of something frightening, “the tiger outside will eat you!” The tiger is certain the child will stop crying when she hears that a fierce tiger is outside. To his amazement she keeps crying. Then the mother says, “Hush now, look…here comes a kotgam”. Suddenly the child stops crying. Misunderstanding, the tiger thinks this kotgam must be a very frightening creature if it can stop a child from crying. The tiger has no idea that the kotgam is dried persimmon, which is a kind of fruit. He frightens himself imagining how this horrible kotgam creature must look. Afraid the kotgam will find him, the tiger hides in the barn where a superstitious thief is hiding and the misunderstandings continue!

This story is performed with tabletop Bunraku, rod and shadow puppets. Alex Cantrell, Zane Exactly and Gina Wilhelm are the puppeteers in the show directed by Jean Enticknap. Funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.

Performance Schedule
Magnuson Park Theatre
7120 62nd Ave NE, Bld 47, Seattle, WA 98115
March 1, 2 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
March 8, 9 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98117 in Ballard
March 15, 16 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Individual Tickets
Children and Seniors – $8.00
General – $10.00

Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org/tickets.htm or http://www.brownpapertickets.com

(206) 524-3388



Short Description:
A young tiger, thinking he is the fiercest in all Korea, ventures down a mountainside in search of food and gets in trouble due to a misunderstanding.

Tiger outside window

Tiger outside window

Save the dates: “P of Eh? CANUCK FEST 2014″

The Pacific Northwest Region presents
P of Eh? CANUCK FEST 2014

Victoria, BC Canada
September, Thursday the 18th to Sunday the 21st, 2014

The Pacific Northwest Region invites the Puppeteers of America and all others that wish to join us to celebrate three days of the art of the puppet in the beautiful tourist destination of Victoria, BC, Canada.

Festival Director is renowned puppeteer Tim Gosley.

This three-day festival will consist of workshops, performances, displays, puppet projects and a Puppets for Peace Parade.

For more information and updates, please visit their Facebook page.

SIFF presents “War Horse”

SIFF is presenting the film of the stage version of War Horse, featuring the “astonishing life-size puppets of South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging hoses to thrilling life on stage.”

Showing March 24, 25 and 26, 6:30pm,

SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle, 206-464-5830.

$20/ $15 SIFF members/ $19 seniors and youth.

Buy online.

Thistle Theatre presents: Mrs. Periwinkle and Possum!

Photo of Mrs. Periwinkle and Possum!

Mrs. Periwinkle and Possum!

Thistle Theatre presents: Mrs. Periwinkle and Possum!
Saturday, February 8 at 1:00 p.m.
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 Fourth Avenue North, Edmonds, WA 98020

Mrs. Periwinkle (Jennifer Carroll) takes the children on an adventure featuring Possum, King Froggy Wartingham III, and a Wishing Well. Soft, charming puppets and a craft activity (childen make a paper dragonfly puppet) create an unforgettable experience!

All ages! Free Admission!
Kidstock! is the free, annual family event at ECA that features musical performances, theatre, arts education workshops, and activities for kids. Bring the whole family and join us for a day of creativity and fun!

To register for Kidstock!, please visit www.ec4arts.org or call the ECA box office at 425.275.9595

Northwest Puppet Center presents: “Anansi the Spider”

Northwest Puppet Center is pleased to present:

by Paul Mesner Puppets
Playing Feb. 1-16, 2014
Sat. 1pm & 3pm
Sun. 1pm & 3pm

Tickets available at the box office 30 minutes before showtime or advance tickets can be obtained anytime:


Hope you can join us for this delightful performance based on the tales of West Africa’s comical trickster, Anansi the Spider.





Carter Family Marionettes
Northwest Puppet Center
9123 – 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115

tel: 206 523 2579
fax: 206 523 8078

Skid Row Puppet Show presents “Yee~haw! Giddy up Lil’ Dolly”

Skid Row Puppet Show presents
Yee~haw! Giddy up Lil’ Dolly

This is the puppet slam yer mama warned ya’ll about
Join us Saturday January 25th, 2014
at Cafe Racer, beginning at 7:30pm

Featuring the doll-wigglin’ styles & shenanigans of:
Brain Kooser, West Cascade Puppet Brigade, Deborah Skorstad, Sarah Marie Andrews, Zane Exactly, & other puppet possibilities we have yet to explore …

FREE, no cover charge! Attendees are encouraged to buy food & drink to support our host venue & drop a little tip in the hat to thank the puppeteers.

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Northwest Puppet Center presents: “The Snowflake Man”

Northwest Puppet Center presents: “The Snowflake Man” Jan 11-19, Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm and 3pm.

Swing into the 1920′s and discover the historic tale of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, a self-educated farmer who astounded the world with his technological inventions and scientific breakthroughs.

Bentley gained global acclaim when he became the first person to capture photographs of snow crystals. This award winning performance is presented with creative storytelling, intricate marionettes, and striking dimensional scenery inspired by pop-up books. Art, science, and American history combine to magical effect.

“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others.”
Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, 1925

Now is your chance to share in Bentley’s wonder of the natural world and gain a new appreciation for these fascinating snowflake designs, each one a unique masterpiece.

Tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets.

Skid Row Puppet Show presents Costuming for Puppets Workshop

Skid Row Puppet Show presents Costuming for Puppets Workshop with costuming artist Deborah Skorstad.

Attendees will get an overview of the fundamentals of costuming puppets and then put this information into practice.

In the morning session we will discuss integrating costuming into your show, research and history of costuming, and scale of costuming. We will look at resources for historical puppet costumes, examples of costumed puppets, and patterning will be featured.

In the afternoon we will take what we’ve learned during the morning and put it into practice. Come with questions, projects, puppets to costume, or costuming conundrums to discuss for this hands on afternoon.

If you’re joining us for the whole day: please bring a sack lunch or a dish to share for family style knoshing.

9:30 am – 4:30 pm PST
University of Washington School of Drama Costume Shop

Seattle, WA, USA

DEBORAH SKORSTAD is a Seattle based costume designer, educator, tailor/draper and craft artisan. She designs costumes for professional and educational theater, dance, aerial performance, magicians and puppets. She is currently lead costumer at the University of Washington’s School of Drama costume shop. She teaches an Introduction to Theatrical Costuming class, an Intensive Cosplay Costume class and is the adviser to the Costume Club at the UW. From 1993 -2001 she was the costume shop manager at Seattle Children’s Theater where she over saw the costume production of over 49 shows and had the great fortune to work often with Douglas Paasch. In 2005 she was invited to fabricate the costumes for Ping Chong’s “China” 3 Tales of Cathay co-produced by the Seattle Rep and the Kennedy Center. In 2007 her design won a juried competition for Pike Place Market’s Centennial icons, The Fintastic Five: 5 walk-about, realistic salmon. She designed the costumes for Brian Kooser’s productions of Dracula-A Case Study (Theater Off Jackson 2007), Micheal Jackson and Bubbles (UFO The Puppet Show 2008), Bloody Henry (Seattle University 2009), Miss Esther Bangs (Seattle Erotic Arts Festival 2010) and was assistant to Lynn Jeffrie’s Shadow Puppet Intensive 2012 funded by the UW Innovation Fund.

Workshop participation donation $5-25 sliding scale (donations help to rent the space, pay our instructor artist, provide some materials, and foster future workshops)

To Register or join the mailing list.

Questions? email: puppetbrigade@outlook.com or 206-334-8965

Learn more about Skid Row Puppet Show: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skid-Row-Puppet-Show/


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