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.
-Dmitri Carter, Northwest Puppet Center
-Light refreshments and socializing
– Short business meeting lead by Vice president, Shannon Reagan
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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 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.
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,
CALL FOR PERFORMERSCome 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 & 28WHERE: Calgary’s #1 Legion, 116 – 7 Ave SEWHAT: The Dolly Wiggler Cabaret features short form puppetry for adult audiencesWHO: 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
The Northwest Puppet Center is proud to present a fantastic show filled with mystery and adventure.
What: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 11
When: April 15 & 16
Where: Theatre Off Jackson
409 7th Ave S
Tickets: $12 in advance/$15 at the door
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 ~
Hearts and Brains
Annett Mateo (Saturday only)
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)!