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

Great Regional Puppet Festival in St. Louis, Missouri

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To all Puppeteers of America members and especially the members and the guilds of the combined regions:

The Puppet Guild of Greater Saint Louis, Inc. is proud to announces a Puppeteers of America, Inc. sanctioned combined regional festival for the Great Plains and Great Lakes Regions in Saint Louis, MO Thursday, August 4, through Saturday, August 6, 2016.  The theme is “Thinking Outside the Box.”

Anyone wishing to present a workshop or performance in keeping with the theme is requested to submit a description and technical rider to the Workshop or Performance Consultant.  Application forms can be obtained on the festival site ( PuppetFestivalSTL.org ), as well, just select the workshops or performances tabs.  Those will be passed on the festival board with the recommendations and suggestions of the consultants.  The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016.

The performances will take place in the Grand Center Arts District and on adjoining campus of Saint Louis University.  The “official” hotel is a nearby, reasonably priced Holiday Inn Express where workshops will also be taking place.  The registration will be $150 advance and $175 after July 4.  Hotel rooms will be $104/night plus tax for a double occupancy room.”.  The Holiday Inn features a free breakfast for guest, other meals will be extra.

There will be no “store”, but a “flea market” will be set up prior the final Saturday performance.  And we are working on a space for an exhibit.

The local staffing includes Daniel Romano, festival director; Michelle Gulick, assistant festival director; Stan Gulick, comptroller and registrar; Tom Bonham, communications and public relations.

Additional outside staffing includes Monica Leo and Dave Herzog as performance consultants, and Pam Corcoran as workshop consultant.

Felt-A-Thon Puppet Marathon Charity Event Returns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Rachel Jackson

Phone: 206-291-7922

Email:   feltathon@gmail.com

FELT-A-THON PUPPET MARATHON CHARITY EVENT RETURNS

What: The FELT-A-THON

When: Sunday, March 20, 9am – 9pm

Where: Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230

815 Seattle Blvd South

Seattle, WA 98134

Website: http://www.feltathon.com

Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom invite puppet fans worldwide to take part in the second FELT-A-THON. The FELT-A-THON, a 12 hour puppet marathon charity event, will be held Sunday, March 20.

Beginning at 9am, Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson and Chad Allers, along with other local artists, will attempt to make 9 puppets in only 12 hours. A live stream of The FELT-A-THON will be available online, so that people everywhere will be able to tune in and watch their progress. Part of the 2016 World Day of Puppetry, all proceeds collected will go to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.

In addition to collecting donations during the live stream event, all completed puppets will be put up for auction the next day. Those proceeds will also go to Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The first FELT-A-THON was a great success, raising $1,500 for Habitat for Humanity-King County on March 21st of last year.

The 2016 FELT-A-THON will benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. The entire event will be viewable for free online via live stream. Donations will be collected via IndieGoGo. Audience participation will be encouraged via social media: suggestions will be solicited, dares taken, and questions answered via The FELT-A-THON’s Twitter feed and FaceBook pages.
Guest artists include: Kendra Hayes, Sann Hall and Zane Exactly. More guests TBA.

Website: http://www.feltathon.com
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/FeltAThon
Twitter: @Felt_a_Thon

About World Day of Puppetry: The World Day of Puppetry 2016 invites puppeteers and community members to celebrate the art of puppetry across the country and around the world. For more information about the initiative, please visit the websites of the Puppeteers of America (www.puppeteers.org) and UNIMA-USA 

(http://www.unima-usa.org/).

Catch the Rhythm of the Music City Puppet Festival

The Music City Puppet FestivalJune 16 to June 20, 2016

For 2016 the Southeast Region will be partnering with the Puppeteers of America and the Nashville Public Library’s International Puppet Festival.

Web Site is www.pofasoutheast.weebly.com/. Check back frequently and also like The Puppeteers of America Southeast Region Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PofASoutheast) where updates will also be posted.

This festival will be unique and different from other Regional Festivals. The festival will feature a plethora of performances.

Feel free to contact Susan if you have any questions. (By phone 828-862-8122 or by e-mail vanpuppet@mtnisp.com)