Monthly Archives: March 2013
The CastIron Carousel seeks funding to stage an H.P. Lovecraft-influenced marionette play entitled The Doom That Came to Fiddle Creak in Portland, Oregon in the fall of 2013 with hopes of taking the show on tour to Seattle, Tacoma and other cities in the region.
The Doom That Came to Fiddle Creak is an original play set in the backwoods of North Carolina in the 1920s. The story is influenced by the Appalachian folkloric tradition of Jack tales and the weird horror writings of H.P. Lovecraft; its plot revolves around a reclusive family of sorcerers who perform a strange ritual once every twenty years. The ninety minute performance will be in three acts with nine scenes and seven set pieces each, furnished with a painted backdrop and props, six dramatic characters played by marionettes.
The CastIron Carousel makes marionette shows unlike any other troupe in the country. Dark and beautiful with a wry sense of humor, frightening and disturbing examples of puppetry not meant for small children.
Beady Little Eyes Puppet Slam
Saturday, April 27th at 7:30PM & 9:30PM
8371 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97217
A night of short, hilarious, raucous, live puppet shows by various artists from Portland and beyond. This show is hosted by puppets, attended by humans. Get a babysitter, these shows are not for the kiddies. 21 and up, $8 tickets.
Dear puppeteers and friends of NW puppetry:
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Marshall Campbell, long time member of the Guilds and active supporter of puppetry in the Seattle area and in Palm Springs. Marshall had great theatrical and creative talents and was active in many entertainment venues. I became acquainted with Marshall in 1998 when I joined the Board of the Evergreen Children’s Theatre & Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum (since shortened to Valentinetti Puppet Museum) in Bremerton, WA. As founding Museum Curator it was my pleasure to work with Marshall during his last few months in Bremerton prior to his relocation to Palm Springs. It is because of Marshall’s vision that the VPM came about along with the creative and performance aspects of the organization. Over the years I was able to make periodic trips to Palm Springs to oversee new items collected for a puppet museum that he had hoped to establish in Palm Spring. Unfortunately that vision was never materialized. Meanwhile his vision of the Valentinetti Puppet Museum in Bremerton has continued to grow thanks in part to the support of Campbell and Aurora Valentinetti (Puppeteer and Faculty member of the University of Washington, Seattle for 50 years and Marshall’s mentor).
His obituary may be of interest to members. I also invite Guild members and friends who may be visiting the NW for pleasure or performances to feel free to contact the Museum or myself. We would be happy to share what we have. Our collection holdings now number over 1400 items, all gifts from generous friends.
You are invited to check out the following link that was recently set up on behalf of the museum.
Lovers of street puppets are invited to come to Bremerton this Saturday, March 16th at 10 am to view the the VPM’s newly commissioned puppet “Pinocchio” created by Bill Jarcho of Zambini Brothers Puppets, Vashon Island/Seattle. This puppet will make its debut appearance at the St. Patrick Day’s Parade. It was made possible by a grant from the Bremerton Central Lion’s Club Foundation. Come early, enjoy the Parade then stay and visit the Valentinetti Puppet Museum.
An exhibit “The Marshall Campbell Legacy” is being planned for later in the year. Watch our website and facebook for updates on this and other events marking his life and legacy.
The beauty and magic of this beloved Persian tale come to life with hand-carved puppets, fanciful scenery, special effects and plenty of laughs. With help from the Genie of the Lamp, will Aladdin and the Princess escape from the evil plots of the Sorcerer? Find out in this original production based on the famous tale from “Arabian Nights”.