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.