Latest News from Puppeteers of Puget Sound

Hello Guild Members,

Here is news about what is happening in the region.

PUPPET STAGE FOR SALE by Jean Mattson and Joan King

Jean Mattson and Joan King of the Seattle Puppetory Theatre are selling one of their stages on Craig’s List. It was made by John and Jeanine Bartelt and is in great condition. Stage, curtain and lights included.  You can see photos on the Craig’s List Post.


A posting from Mylinda Sneed on Facebook

Artists: Iggi Green, Marva Holmes, Jess Haynie-Lavelle, Elly Leaverton, Brian Kooser, Mylinda Sneed, Sarah Marie Andrews, and Jesse Elliot are creating Cake Walk! an ensemble for the parade.  Would you like to be a giant puppet: Toy, Pastry, or Chef? Or possibly jump-in with some other giant toy puppet you may already have?
Join us! –
We’ll be building at the:
Power House 3940 Fremont Ave N, Seattle
Friday 11am until – the Illuminated Float Move at 10pm, where the floats & participants magically light up and we reposition the floats at the parade start.If this isn’t your piece of cake – there are many volunteer opportunities:
Come to see our shenanigans in the Solstice Parade Saturday June 20th – parade starts at 3pm at 36th & Leary and winds its way East towards GasWorks Park, join us at the party there afterwards too. We look forward to seeing you!


Brian Stabile is creating Boxland! a series bout two kids who explore a world made of cardboard, made entirely with puppets!


Have a great June!

Jean Enticknap
Membership Director

2015 National Puppetry Festival of the Puppeteers of America

This is the most updated information from the  Puppeteers of America’s National Festival and from UNIMA about Festival!
Logo for National Puppetry Festival


We are less than three months away from the 2015 National Puppetry Festival of the Puppeteers of America, and over 400 registrants are planning to attend. Registration fees increase June 1st, so ACT NOW and register today.

Several workshops are reaching capacity enrollment. The Festival Committee is in process of scheduling additional sessions for workshops that are full or near full, in order to accommodate the growing interest.

A final schedule of all events will be announced by the end of May. Daily updates are currently available on the Festival’s website, with links to Facebook and Twitter.

Puppeteers of America has just announced air travel discount offers from United Airlines and Delta, now available to all festival registrants. To utilize this offer, register at, where you will be provided with that option. (This offer is only available for flights to and from Bradley International Airport during the Festival time frame.)


Lyrric Jackson
Director of Membership Services for UNIMA-USA
Direct: 404-881-5110
UNIMA-USA Headquarters
1404 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Fax: 404-873-9907

If any of you are traveling to festivals this summer, we are going to have a post festival meeting in September for your to  share experiences! TBA!

Jean Enticknap
Membership Director

Water Puppetry by The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre of Saigon

Picture of water puppets

Water puppets

If you have never experienced water puppetry, town hall is bringing The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre of Saigon. They bill it a  “A lavish, over-the-top spectacle appropriate for the whole family”.  A very enjoyable event!

More information available on the Town Hall website.

And also on Facebook:

Thistle Theatre presents: “Little Red Riding Hood”

Picture of Little Red and Sunflowers

Little Red and Sunflowers

Thistle Theatre presents:  Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood sets off to Grandmutter’s house with a basket full of goodies and stumbles into an armful of adventure. Rudy, an impish squirrel, befriends Little Red Riding Hood and warns her of the dangerous wolf. The arrogant wolf assumes a variety of disguises in his attempt to gobble her up. Fritz, the telegram singing bird, and Greta, a rabbit with a carriage full of baby bunnies, round out the zany characters Little Red Riding Hood meets on her adventure. This action filled show is set in Bavaria and includes an interactive song in which the audience is invited to sing along.

Songwriter, Sue Ennis has penned the humorous Wolf Aria, one of the most popular songs ever written for Thistle Theatre. A talented ensemble of puppeteers, Ben Burris, Amy Escobar and Gina Wilhelm perform all character voices and songs live in the production directed by Jean Enticknap. Funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
May 16, 17 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
May 30, 31 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
June 13, 14 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

All tickets are $10.

Purchase tickets at or
For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or
or visit:

Puppet fun during Art Up PhinneyWood this weekend.

For Art Up PhinneyWood: The BIG One, Seattle ReCreative will be exhibiting paintings and prints by Jeffrey Hantman and fruit peel sculptures by Chris Huber.

Art up and chow down in Phinney and Greenwood during the 20th Annual PhinneyWood Art Walk – The BIG One
May 8 from 6 – 9 pm and May 9 from 12 – 5 pm

70 businesses in Phinney and Greenwood from 87th to 65th and 100+ artists will be participating. Featuring art in a wide variety of mediums including visual, performance and music. Maps and additional information available at

Additionally, ReCreative will be offering these FREE (all ages) community events and entertainment:

May 8th, 6-8pm: Nightmerriment Fuzzy Monsters

Come check out some walk around puppetry by artist and storyteller Matthew Hopkins!

May 8th, 6-8pm: Fairytale Puppet Theater

Bring your own fairytale stories to life in this FREE Make & Take workshop with award-winning puppeteer and artist Sarah Frechette. Using recycled & art materials, kids will create fairytale animal puppets inspired by the vibrant, and imaginative puppetry art of “What The Moon Saw”, an artful adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina and The Ugly Ducking debuting May 2nd through 17th at the Northwest Puppet Center in Seattle, WA.

May 9th, 12-2pm: Family Play Studio

Bring the kids in for some hands-on activities with early childhood educator Jessica Lord! bond with the little people you love We will be building with loose parts and playing with a variety of sensory and art mediumsin a dynamic and playful environment that honors our natural desire to experiment and explore. This FREE two hour drop-in playtime is child-directed and self-paced.


Jeff Hantman received a BFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995 and has been living and working in the Bay Area for 20 years. In his studio he disassembles these collected items and reconfigures them into large sculptures that resemble objects that may or may not be obsolete. He combines woodworking, printmaking and painting to create his sculptures.


Make do with what you have; have fun with what you make.

Fresh lime rinds are strong and pliable like leather. They remember their spherical origin even if cut into thin strips. They change gradually as they air dry into brittle forms, but are full of natural preservatives that work as long as they don’t get damp. Things start out luscious and fragrant and then sort of wither. The ephemeral qualities suggested time capsules. The other contraptions are like fruit: to get what’s in there you have to destroy the shell. Photos capture the fresh phase and document what’s on the inside.

Also binkies, bottlecaps, and what not.

Huber was raised and spent most of his life in and near St. Louis. He studied in Ohio and abroad, and has been living in the DC area for the last 7 years. He expects to be relocating to Bangkok later this year. He has a keen interest in visual symbolism. Under the pseudonym Andros Chrystal he created The Puppeteer’s Cosmic Puzzle, which is in the collection of the Musee Francais de la Carte a Jouer d’Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris.

Huber’s work will be on display from May 4-11.

Facebook page for the event:

Northwest Puppet Center presents: “What the Moon Saw”


Northwest Puppet Center is proud to present:

by PuppetKabob

Two of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved tales, “Thumbelina” and “The Ugly Duckling”, are brought together in this imaginative performance.  What will happen to a pair of misfits on their moonlit adventure?  Don’t miss the West Coast premier of this magical puppet show about a pair of unlikely friends.

May 2-17, 2015

Saturdays at 1pm & 3pm
Sundays at 1pm & 3pm

Box office opens 30 minutes before showtime.
Advance tickets can be purchased anytime:

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

tel:  206 523 2579



Spring Saturday Puppet Classes

This May, Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom offer you three easy ways to spend your Saturdays dipping your toes into the wild, weird world of puppets:

What: Basic Puppet Building – Animals 

Saturday, May 9

10am – 5:30pm

Beginning Stage Puppeteering 

Saturday, May 16


“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice” 

Saturday, May 23


Where: Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230

815 Seattle Blvd South

Seattle, WA 98134

*Classes recommended for ages 15 and up

*Class sizes limited to 8

Registration links: 

Basic Puppet Building – Animals:

Beginning Stage Puppeteering:

“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice”:

Basic Puppet Building – Animals 

Saturday, May 9

10am – 5:30pm

Cost: $175

Walk in with a sad, naked hand and walk out with a fabulous new puppet friend in this beginning class. Spend your day immersed in the hands-on experience of basic puppet construction: cutting, sewing (hand and machine) and hot gluing your way to a finished puppet. Seattle-based puppeteer Chad Allers will guide you step-by-step as you create one of five animals: Dog, Cat, Bear, Bunny or Unicorn…or any animal your imagination can devise.

Beginning Stage Puppeteering 

Saturday, May 16


Cost: $45 pre-reg/$55 day-of

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Seattle-based puppeteer Rachel Jackson will teach you how to make your puppet seem alive and connect with your audience. You’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional arm-and-rod puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills.

“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice” 

Saturday, May 23


Cost: $45 pre-reg/$55 day-of

You know how to make your puppet talk, but what does she sound like?

You can make him move, but where is he going? And how does he get there?

In this fun, intermediate puppeteering class, you’ll learn the basics of characterization – voice, physicality and emotion – and how to apply them to your puppet. You’ll get tons of tips for making character choices and see what a big impact they can have on your puppet’s performance. *Beginning Puppetry class or equivalent puppet experience required.

About Your Instructors:

Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit “MANOS – The Hands of Felt”, she more recently brought her talented hands to The FELT-A-THON, “Whedonesque Burlesque” and “Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical”. She also co-produces Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.

Seattle-based puppeteer Chad Allers has been building puppets since 2010, when he won Project Puppet’s annual contest with the second puppet he ever built. He makes puppet videos through his company, Crash Boom Puppets, including a series where he teaches people how to go about creating their own puppet productions. Locally, he has built puppets for live performances of Nunsense and The Pillowman.

Northwest Puppets Center presents “Bathtub Pirates” by Grey Seal Puppets

A swashbuckling adventure begins when a child’s imagination turns the bathtub into a pirate ship!  Northwest Puppet Center is proud to present:
Bathtub Pirates
by Grey Seal Puppets

Playing March 21-29, 2015

Showtimes: Saturdays at 1pm & 3pm, Sundays at 1pm & 3pm
Admission:  $9 child, $11 adult, $9 senior
Advance tickets available online or by phone:
Tickets also available at the box office which opens 30 minutes before showtime.  Playing for only two weekends so don’t miss this fun-filled performance.
Thanks for your support and patronage of the puppet center!
Dmitri Carter

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

tel:  206 523 2579

Combined National Day of Puppetry and World Day of Puppetry on March 21, 2015

The Puppeteers of Puget Sound, a guild of the Puppeteers of America, invite you to see and support the work of PUPPETRY ARTISTS on the combined National Day of Puppetry and World Day of Puppetry on March 21, 2015. Celebrate Art and Culture through Puppetry!


Northwest Puppet Center: 9123 15th Ave NE, Seattle

1:00PM and 3:00PM                                 Tickets: $9-$11                           

Bathtub Pirates – Grey Seal Puppets stages an inventive show where a bubble bath turns into a pirate adventure!  A child’s imagination takes an unexpected turn when Captain Blackbeard and his motley band of pirates need a new ship. Found object puppets made from items found in a bathtub!

Thistle Theatre: Magnuson Park Theatre, 7110 62nd Street, Seattle

1:00PM and 3:00PM                               Tickets: $10                            

Momotaro (Peach Boy) – Momotaro magically emerges from a peach, bands together with a dog, a monkey and a pheasant to defeat the Oni (ogres) who have been stealing from his family village.

Tabletop Bunraku and origami puppets are used to tell the most celebrated children’s story in Japan.

Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom Puppets: Pocket Theatre, 8312 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle

8:30PM – 9:30PM                     Tickets: $10 online $14 at the door   

In Felt-a-thon Live see behind-the-scenes magic firsthand as the cast and crew shoot a video inspired by Design Month’s Pillow Fort Set. You may be invited to put on a puppet and become part of the action or relax and be a member of the studio audience.


Seattle Children’s Theatre: 201 Thomas St., Seattle  (Seattle Center)

2:00PM and 5:30PM                               Tickets: $25-$36                                     

Goodnight Moon(Musical production of book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd) Enjoy the surprise and delight of Bunny’s imaginative detours on the way to dreamland.  In this production, everyone will revel with Bunny in the fun of jumping cows, dancing bears and a room that springs to life. 


Northwest Puppet Center: 9123 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA  98115                   12:00PM – 4:00PM

                                                       Free with production of Bathtub Pirates

Aurora Valentinetti Museum: 257 4th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337               11:00AM – 4:00PM

                                      Suggested Donation Student – $1.00, Adult – $2.00, Family – $5.00


Planet of the Puppets will be in the market with an amazing assortment of pop-up puppets.  Look near the Joe Desimone Bridge and Stewart St, the area that juts out over Western Ave.


National Day of Puppetry to coincide with UNIMA’s World Puppetry Day

Call for Puppeteers and Companies!  Last year the Puppeteers of America Board of Trustees voted to move National Day of Puppetry to coincide with UNIMA’s World Puppetry Day. The event is March 21, 2015.

Dustin Curtis (a new member of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound) has organized an outreach pre-event. Dustin received a permit from Seattle Parks & Recreation (who kindly waived the usage fees) for a “meet & greet” of puppets onSaturday, March 14th from 1pm-6pm in Westlake Park. He has arranged to have two tables. One table will hold fliers or giveaways from puppet shows/companies. There are numerous puppetry events on the actual day, March 21, so this event is a week early to help drive traffic to support puppetry artists. The other table will hold paper bag puppets that Dustin’s puppet company will be donating for handouts.  He has paid the insurance fee for the event. He is looking for volunteers who would like to stop by for an hour or two (or the whole event) to  “show off your puppet, busk perform, answer questions or possibly take photos if requested.” He is also seeking promo materials to help talk about your company or upcoming show/season.

He is organizing a puppet making party for the March 14 event on Thursday, March 12 at 6:00PM.

Many thanks to Dustin for organizing this event.   If you are interested or would like more details about the March 14event, please email Dustin directly at

Jean Enticknap
Membership Director

Here is a link to the flyer that will be given out on the March 14th event listing the puppetry events around Puget Sound on March 21. National and World Day of Puppetry


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