Monthly Archives: July 2011

Puppeteers of Puget Sound Members attending National Festival

Clay Martin Puppet Theatre and Thistle Theatre are two of the 18 puppet groups invited to perform at the Puppeteers of America 75th National Puppet Festival the week of July 12- 17 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Clay Martin Puppets

Clay Martin Puppet Theatre will be performing Penny Dreadful – An Evening of Gothic Horror, a collection of gothic horror stories performed in a variety of puppet styles including FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA, and THE MUMMY’S CURSE presented with hand puppets, DR JEKYL AND MR HYDE in the form of a giant Toy Theater, and THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO presented as a shadow play. Thoth (whom many may remember as the Egyptian God of Magic) is the Master of Ceremonies. Variety numbers, including THE MAGIC MAN and THE DANCING SKELETON will be interspersed throughout the show to provide a bit of amusement amidst the otherwise unrelenting gloom.

Thistle Theatre will be performing Brother Coyote and Sister Fox a comic Mexican trickster tale. Lisa A. Haslbauer, Brian Stabile and Gina Wilhelm are puppeteers in the production directed by Jean Enticknap. The play was adapted from traditional Mexican stories by Stephanie Diaz and Jean Enticknap, original music and songs by Sue Ennis.  Created in the Thistle Theatre studio in 2002, the puppet were designed by the current President of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound, Brian Kooser and built by Brian Kooser, Jean Enticknap and Hyeon-Soog Chung.

Brother Coyote and Sister Fox

Also attending the festival from the region are: Elly Leaverton who is currently the Pacific Northwest Regional Director; Nick Hubbard who will be elected a Trustee for the Puppeteers of American at the festival; and Gavin Cummins who is attending a national festival for the first time.