I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Through deeply personal interviews and never-before-seen home videos, this is a beautiful, accomplished, and moving portrait of Caroll Spinney, who has performed as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” for over 40 years.

May 25, 2014 | 1:30pm | Egyptian Theatre
May 26, 2014 | 4:30pm | Harvard Exit
May 27, 2014 | 7:00pm | AMC Pacific Place
http://www.siff.net/festival-2014/i-am-big-bird

‘Big Bird’ Caroll Spinney & Directors Dave LaMattina and Chat Walker in attendance!

You can also use the promo code DOCS2014 to get $2 off a regularly priced ticket purchased online, over the phone, or at the SIFF box office. Anyone can use this promo code, so please share it with everyone who is interested!

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 8

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Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 8
What: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 8

When: Saturday, May 31st at 8pm

Where: Theatre Puget Sound’s Theatre4
305 Harrison St Seattle, WA 98109

Tickets: $10

More info: http://fcps8.brownpapertickets.com

“Seattle’s quarterly Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is also a growing forum for puppet development—including everything from muppets talking sex to shadow puppets enacting fables.” – City Arts

Spring has finally sprung and puppets are in full bloom! Come out and bask in the sunlight of a brand spankin’ new volume of the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam. While puppet slams aren’t known to cause allergy attacks* we can’t guarantee your eyes won’t be watery from laughter and profundity.

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam has been providing quality puppet shows for the fine adults of Seattle since 2011. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, every performance features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!
Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is a cabaret-style puppet show, where each short piece is performed by a different artist. From the brand spanking new, to the tried-and-true, every act is guaranteed to have one important thing in common: Puppets.

Featuring Puppet Artists:
Clay Martin
Kim Berman & Jonathan Grosvenor
Signal Light Theatre’s Pete & Randy
The Shenanigans Alliance
Trial and Error Productions
Good Evening, Mr. Homunculus
Annett Mateo
The Castiron Carousel Marionette Troupe
Improv Shadows

Herded together into a graceful flow by our MC, The Effervescent, Ever-Present, and Amazingly Prescient Rebecca M Davis!

*Puppet slams have not been evaluated by the FDA and have not been clinically proven to prevent or cause allergy attacks.

About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam:
A member of the national Puppet Slam Network, Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam has been providing quality puppet shows for the fine adults of Seattle since 2011. Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam aims to promote and support the puppetry community in the Pacific Northwest through our ongoing performance series. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, every performance features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!

Southeast Puppet Jamboree

Planning to attend the Southeast Puppet Jamboree this summer?

Room reservations must be made by May 31st.

Go to www.unicoilodge.com or call 706-878-2201 and enter/mention the group code puppet to get our special rate. There is also camping available for those outdoor types.

It would also be helpful if everyone can get their registration in so that we have an idea how many puppeteers are attending.

A list of performers and workshop leaders is available at www.puppetjamboree.org. But for the most current updates, like us at www.facebook.com/PofASoutheast.

We have something for everyone.

If you need any additional information, call or e-mail Susan at 828-862-8122 or vanpuppet@mtnisp.com.

Northwest Puppet Center presents: “S.C.U.B.A. Super Cool Underwater Blacklight Adventure”

For the final show of our 2013-2014 season, Northwest Puppet Center presents:

S.C.U.B.A.
Super Cool Underwater Blacklight Adventure

by Spyglass Theater

May 10-18, 2014

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

Follow Dr. Nautilus on this deep sea exploration with the awesome effects of blacklight puppetry. This fantastic show is playing for only two weekends! Don’t delay, get your tickets today:

http://scuba.brownpapertickets.com/
(800)838-3006

We hope you can attend “SCUBA” and look forward to sharing more great shows with you in 2014-2015!

P.S. As a non-profit organization, Northwest Puppet Center relies on a combination of ticket sales and the generosity of our community. If you would like to make a gift, please consider donating today through Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG which stretches your donation with additional funding:

http://www.seattlefoundation.org/npos/Pages/NorthwestPuppetCenter.aspx

Dmitri Carter
dmitri@nwpuppet.org

http://www.nwpuppet.org

http://www.facebook.com/nwpuppet

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

tel: 206 523 2579
fax: 206 523 8078

Thistle Theatre presents: “Beatrix Potter’s TALES OF PETER RABBIT”

Photo of Thistle Theatre Puppeteers - Peter Rabbit

Thistle Theatre Puppeteers – Peter Rabbit

Thistle Theatre, a puppet theatre for families, presents:

Beatrix Potter’s TALES OF PETER RABBIT

“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and “The Tale of Benjamin Bunny” are combined to reveal the beloved world of Beatrix Potter. On a beautiful summer morning the lovable hedgehog, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, merrily journeys to the fir tree home of Mrs. Rabbit. She is delivering the freshly washed clothes of Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. Little does she know that Peter is going to wear his clean blue jacket on a dangerous adventure in Mr. McGregor’s garden!

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) was born in London but spent most of her adult life in Sawrey, West Morland County in northern England. Potter spent much of her time creating detailed drawings of the local flora and fauna and wished to publish a book on her botanical studies. When this proved unsuccessful, she turned to creating small children’s stories with beautiful drawings. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was written in 1893 and Beatrix Potter paid to have it published in 1900 as a gift for one child. This one child’s gift has pleased thousands upon thousands of children ever since.

Founding Artistic Director Jean Enticknap was awarded an Artist Trust Grant for creating

Tales of Peter Rabbit using Bunraku-style puppets. Thistle Theatre specializes in the Bunraku-style of puppetry, an ancient Japanese art form. Although the style has been modified for modern audiences and performers, the basic idea remains the same: puppeteers, dressed entirely in black to symbolize their invisibility, operate the puppets. Ben Burris, Gina Wilhelm and Heidi Persson are the puppeteers directed by Jean Enticknap.

Supported in part from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.

Locations and Dates:
Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE Bld 47, Seattle, WA 98115

April 26, 27 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
May 3, 4 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
May 17, 18 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

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

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

Information
info@thistletheatre.org (206) 524-3388
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thistle-Theatre/122211953899

http://twitter.com/thistletheatre

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:

THE ADVENTURES OF SINBAD
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

Showtimes:
Sat. 1pm & 3pm
Sun. 1pm & 3pm

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

http://sinbad.brownpapertickets.com/
1(800)838-3006

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

dmitri@nwpuppet.org

http://www.nwpuppet.org

http://www.facebook.com/nwpuppet

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

Information
info@thistletheatre.org
(206) 524-3388

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thistle-Theatre/122211953899

http://twitter.com/thistletheatre

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.

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