May 2017 Puppeteers of Puget Sound Meeting

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Hamlet

By Ralph Chessé (1900-1991)

The Cook/Marks Collection, Northwest Puppet Center

 

Hello Puppeteers of Puget Sound!

The upcoming PoPS meeting will be on Tuesday, May 16th at 7pm

The meeting will be held at the Thistle Theatre studio – 6310 NE 74th St
Seattle, WA 98115
(there are directions in a pdf at the bottom of this post)

The meeting will begin with a presentation by Dmitri Carter.

Dmitri will talk about the most recent acquisitions for the Northwest Puppet Center’s collection, which included over a thousand more puppets from The Cook/Marks Collection plus The Ann and Monroe Morgan Collection plus The Ruth Asawa Collection plus a bunch more puppets from Bruce Chessé.

We will have the meeting schedule through autumn and membership renewal forms. Come and join us for some spring fun! We will wave the non- member fee for this meeting.

Agenda:
-Dmitri Carter, Northwest Puppet Center
-Light refreshments and socializing
– Short business meeting lead by Vice president, Shannon Reagan

Support the Valentinetti Puppet Museum!

Welcome to the Kitsap Great Give!

 

Support the Valentinetti Puppet Museum

Click on http://kitsapgreatgive.org/npo/valentinetti-puppet-museum  

Want to schedule your donation now?!

If you are nervous you might forget to donate on May 2, we have a new option for you! Just fill out the form below.  If you want to donate to more than one nonprofit, click the green “add gift” button. We’ll hold your donation until May 2 and send you a receipt. Prescheduled donations WILL be eligible for Bonus Bucks, but not for the Early Bird Prize.

If you have any problems donating, please call 360.698.3622 or email greatgive@kitsapfoundation.org.

Office hours are MondayFriday 8am-4pm.

Kitsap Community Foundation hosts the Kitsap Great Give at no cost to nonprofits.  

Please consider donating to the Kitsap Community Foundation to help us pay for hosting the Kitsap Great Give.


The Evergreen Children’t Theater d.b.a. VALENTINETTI PUPPET MUSEUM is one of the great treasures of Kitsap County and Bremerton providing family entertainment and education for all ages and a great attraction for our visiting public.  ECT formed in 1993 and VPM in 1998 will next year be celebrating their 25th and 20th anniversaries.  Your support is vital in sustaining and growing this important asset of our community.  After you have made you online donation today or by May 2nd, come join us for a grand celebration and ribbon cutting at our new home at 280 Fourth Street, Bremerton which we share with the Kitsap Historical Society & Museum.  Visit two distinct and unique museums under one roof.

The Mission of the Valentinetti Puppet Museum is to celebrate the art of puppetry through the preservation, creative, historical and cultural experiences for all ages.

Sandglass Theatre visits Seattle!

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Sandglass Theater is driven by a dedication to artistic excellence in the productions of the core ensemble and by a spirit of inclusivity in the presentation of diverse guest artists and community events. Sandglass is inspired by a love of puppetry and live performance, engagement with local and international community, and respect for audience.

Our mission is to sustain an artist-driven theater with an emphasis on advancing the development of puppetry as a unique and unusual theater form that embodies the human experience. Sandglass creates new work, engages in challenging collaborations, presents thought-provoking and responsible art, hosts other artists to promote the art of puppetry and expose our audiences to diverse styles and traditions, teaches our process and traditions, and cultivates a fire to create and to keep on creating.

Updates to the Puppeteers of Puget Sound Constitution – Please Take A Look!

My fellow guild members,

The executive committee and I have worked diligently to update the Puppeteers of Puget Sound constitution to reflect more modern methods of communication and connection. We have also consolidated and defined officer job descriptions to match the work that is currently being done.

Please take the time to review the attached document as we will review the changes in the agenda for our May 19th meeting, and then propose a vote of approval from members present.

I am happy to offer a chance to actively participate in guild business. What a great foundation point to support our activities over the coming years.

Yours in googly eyes,

-Dustin

CALL FOR PERFORMERS: The Dolly Wiggler Cabaret!

CALL FOR PERFORMERS

 
Come to the Cabaret Old Friend!

The Dolly Wiggler Cabaret is looking for mask and puppet artists to show off short bits of brilliance in a puppet slam for adults during Puppet Power 2016.
WHEN: Fri & Sat, May 27 & 28
WHERE: Calgary’s #1 Legion, 116 – 7 Ave SE
WHAT: The Dolly Wiggler Cabaret features short form puppetry for adult audiences
WHO: hosted by Cirque du Soleil clown and comedienne Mooky Cornish, and skill artist extraordinaire Sara Ski, the cabaret features local, national and international artists.
WHY:  The Dolly Wiggler welcomes brand new works in progress, polished numbers and anything you’d like to share as a puppeteer or mask artist.
COME PLAY!
We are looking for about 3 minutes of material, to be performed both nights.
We welcome you to share works you never get to show, new creations you are starting to share with the world, and polished brilliance you love to perform.
Performers will receive an honorarium for their performance.
To apply, please shoot an email to Xstine Cook, Dolly Wiggler Curator, at producer@animatedobjects.ca
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YOU are Invited!!! Puppeteers of Puget Sound Meeting May 19th

My fellow Puppeteers and fans,

I am pleased to extend a formal invitation to the first meeting of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound for 2016.  I have included the details below. I hope to see you there and bring a friend!

Cost: Free for members of the guild and $5 for non-members

(Please RSVP to Jean at jme@bigplanet.com by May 13th)

When: Thursday, May 19th, at 7pm

Where: Thistle Theatre Studio, Magnuson Park. 6310 NW 74th St, Seattle, WA, 98115

What: We will have an action packed agenda! Including new meeting schedule, regional festival information, changes to the constitution, and newsletter information.

The workshop will be presented by Cheryl Hadley:

Build a Rod Puppet Robot from Recyclables
Cheryl Hadley will demonstrate her method for building a simple robot puppet with rotating head and body out of a tissue box, a styrofoam cube and a cardboard hanger, and then turn you loose with a wide variety of materials to improve on her design. No batteries required! Everything’s provided, but please bring any lightweight metallic odds and ends you’d like to contribute. You will go home with a complete puppet. Free, for current Puppeteers of Puget Sound members; $5 for nonmembers.

 


We look forward to seeing you!

From The Desk Of The NEW President

My fellow puppeteers,

I have such exciting news for this beautiful spring! This past week, I meet with the board and we immediately jumped into pressing guild business. I am pleased to report that we have completed an outline for guild activities for the year and also have reviewed and updated our constitution to reflect a more modern outlook on activities and responsibilities. I want to thank the board for the quick turn around and hard work that they put into the beginning of this week. I look forward to updating you in detail on all of these changes at our next meeting.

I am also pleased to ask you to save the date of Thursday, May 19th at 7pm (Invite email to follow) for our first meeting of the year. I am looking forward to outlining our new robust meeting schedule, providing details on our revived newsletter, connecting with each of you, and I am happy to share that

Cheryl Hadley will be providing her workshop: Build a Rod Puppet Robot from Recyclables

We will need active members for an active guild now that we are full strength on the board; so I will ask the following of you:

  • Please notify us of any show you will be producing/performing /involved in! The guild is here to support and help you in your puppet endeavors. You may send all notifications t0 puppeteersofpugetsound@gmail.com
  • Start saving those ideas for contributing to our revived newsletter!
  • Save the date!!! Felt-a-Con will be returning to produce a wonderful festival on August 13/14th. I am personally looking forward to this event. More details soon as we move closer to the date.
  • Do you know your membership status? If you did not receive this email directly, please inquire with Jean Enticknap (jme@bigplanet.com) to renew or join.

Thank you for being part of this wonderful organization. I look forward to seeing you all in just over a month.

-Dustin

President: 2016

NW Puppet Center presents: “Doc Chapeau Meets the Gill Man”

The Northwest Puppet Center is proud to present a fantastic show filled with mystery and adventure.

DOC CHAPEAU MEETS THE GILL MAN
By Oregon Shadow Theatre
March 26th – April 10th, 2016
Sat. 1pm & 3pm
Sun. 1pm & 3pm
Box office opens 30 minutes before each show or get your tickets anytime:

dmitri@nwpuppet.org

http://www.nwpuppet.org

http://www.facebook.com/nwpuppet

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

tel:  206 523 2579

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 11

What: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 11

When: April 15 & 16

8pm

Where: Theatre Off Jackson

409 7th Ave S

Seattle, WA

Tickets: $12 in advance/$15 at the door

More info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2526870

Nothing is certain but death, taxes and puppets. Not sure that’s quite how the saying goes? Behold! Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam returns with a brand new show, just in time for tax day. Once you’ve crossed all your eyes and dotted all your teas, come spend your sweet rebate at our cabaret-style puppet show for grown-ups. (Puppets count as dependents, right?)

A proud member of the national Puppet Slam Network, Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam aims to promote and support the puppetry community in the Pacific Northwest through our ongoing performance series. A place to be creative, quirky and experimental, every Fussy Cloud features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!

“One of the key aspects to Fussy Cloud is welcoming acts that are being performed for the first time,” said producer Rachel Jackson. “Puppeteers work in solitude for so much of our process. But our work doesn’t truly become a performance until it is witnessed by an audience. Fussy Cloud provides this critical last element to puppeteers who might not otherwise have it, and does so in an environment that is designated as a safe space to experiment.”

~ Featured Artists ~

Charlie Cook

Dustin Curtis

Gale Force

Hearts and Brains

Elly Leaverton

Annett Mateo (Saturday only)

Parker Thompson

Vox Fabuli Puppets

The evening will be lovingly sherpa-ed into a nimble fingered flow by our MC, The Effervescent, Ever-Present, and Amazingly Prescient Rebecca M Davis

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam VOLUME 11 is presented in association with Theatre Off Jackson. Funding made possible in part by the Puppet Slam Network.

About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam: 

A proud 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 the puppetry community and support the growth and exploration of both new and seasoned puppeteers 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)! 

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International Day of Puppetry and Northwest Puppet Center

Today is the International Day of Puppetry and Northwest Puppet Center continues to bring this art to folks near and far.  This day was designated by Union International de la Marionette (a member group of UNESCO) and is celebrated by colleagues around the world.  Northwest Puppet Center is proud to be actively involved with this international organization which is dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding and peace through puppetry.
Just this past weekend was the culmination of a massive undertaking at Caine College of the Arts, the staging of a puppet opera!  With over 100 participants (students, faculty and guest artists) and hundreds of attendees, the project was a resounding success which uniquely brought together the Visual Arts, Theatre and Music departments.  We hope it leads to more puppetry programs at Caine College.  Sorry to all of our local fans but this production was only presented at Morgan Theatre on the campus in Logan, Utah.  However, it did help renew our interest in bringing opera back to the stage at Northwest Puppet Center.  This production at Caine College was dedicated to our beloved Music Director Margriet Tindemans.
Further across the globe, our colleagues at Israel’s Puppet Center have just posted a video which gives a glimpse into their museum where some of our puppets are currently on loan.  See if you can recognize any puppets you’ve seen in Seattle:
Getting back to local projects, Northwest Puppet Center is pleased to have puppets from West Africa on display at Washington State Convention Center and puppets tied to the early years of Cornish College for the Arts are on display through May 1st as part of Cascadia Art Museum’s current exhibit:
Northwest Puppet Center is also working with Pratt Fine Arts Center to offer this carving class.  If you’ve wanted to learn how to make a marionette, here is your chance to sign-up:
With all this happening, there has been a little break in the performances at the puppet center but the next show starts this weekend!  Please join us for Oregon Shadow Theatre’s production of “Doc Chapeau meets the Gill Man” playing March 26th through April 10th.  Tickets available at the box office or in advance:
Thank you for your interest in puppetry and the programs offered by our non-profit organization!
Sincerely,
Dmitri Carter
dmitri@nwpuppet.orghttp://www.nwpuppet.org

http://www.facebook.com/nwpuppet

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