Monthly Archives: December 2013

Skid Row Puppet Show presents Costuming for Puppets Workshop

Skid Row Puppet Show presents Costuming for Puppets Workshop with costuming artist Deborah Skorstad.

Attendees will get an overview of the fundamentals of costuming puppets and then put this information into practice.

In the morning session we will discuss integrating costuming into your show, research and history of costuming, and scale of costuming. We will look at resources for historical puppet costumes, examples of costumed puppets, and patterning will be featured.

In the afternoon we will take what we’ve learned during the morning and put it into practice. Come with questions, projects, puppets to costume, or costuming conundrums to discuss for this hands on afternoon.

If you’re joining us for the whole day: please bring a sack lunch or a dish to share for family style knoshing.

9:30 am – 4:30 pm PST
University of Washington School of Drama Costume Shop

Seattle, WA, USA

DEBORAH SKORSTAD is a Seattle based costume designer, educator, tailor/draper and craft artisan. She designs costumes for professional and educational theater, dance, aerial performance, magicians and puppets. She is currently lead costumer at the University of Washington’s School of Drama costume shop. She teaches an Introduction to Theatrical Costuming class, an Intensive Cosplay Costume class and is the adviser to the Costume Club at the UW. From 1993 -2001 she was the costume shop manager at Seattle Children’s Theater where she over saw the costume production of over 49 shows and had the great fortune to work often with Douglas Paasch. In 2005 she was invited to fabricate the costumes for Ping Chong’s “China” 3 Tales of Cathay co-produced by the Seattle Rep and the Kennedy Center. In 2007 her design won a juried competition for Pike Place Market’s Centennial icons, The Fintastic Five: 5 walk-about, realistic salmon. She designed the costumes for Brian Kooser’s productions of Dracula-A Case Study (Theater Off Jackson 2007), Micheal Jackson and Bubbles (UFO The Puppet Show 2008), Bloody Henry (Seattle University 2009), Miss Esther Bangs (Seattle Erotic Arts Festival 2010) and was assistant to Lynn Jeffrie’s Shadow Puppet Intensive 2012 funded by the UW Innovation Fund.

Workshop participation donation $5-25 sliding scale (donations help to rent the space, pay our instructor artist, provide some materials, and foster future workshops)

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Questions? email: or 206-334-8965

Learn more about Skid Row Puppet Show:

Northwest Puppet Center presents: “Madeline & the Gypsies”

Northwest Puppet Center’s new season of shows begins with:

Based on the charming children’s book by Ludwig Bemelmans
Performed by Carter Family Puppets

Dec. 7-15, 2013
Saturdays at 1pm & 3pm
Sundays at 1pm & 3pm

Tickets available at the box office 30 minutes before showtime or 24/7 via the ticketing service:

(800) 838-3006

Remember if you’d like to see a few shows from now until May 2014, the best deal is a season subscription. Subscribers see FIVE different shows for only $30, same incredibly low price for adult or child:

More information:

Carter Family Marionettes
Northwest Puppet Center
9123 – 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115

tel: 206 523 2579
fax: 206 523 8078

Thistle Theatre presents “The Pixie and the Grocer”

Thistle Theatre, a puppet theatre for families, presents:

Hans Christian Andersen’s

Pixie and Barrell 2

The “Pixie and the Grocer” is an ideal family story for the holiday season. In this Hans Christian Andersen story, a Pixie lives comfortably with a greedy Grocer and his wife. One day he observes a poor Poet give up food in exchange for an old book. The incredulous Pixie peeks into the Poet’s room and sees the beauty and excitement of poetry dance before his eyes! Now he faces a dilemma…should he switch his services from the dishonest Grocer and his wife to the poor Poet and live a less comfortable life? The production features original songs written by Sue Ennis and music score by Michael Flint.

Thistle Theatre specializes in tabletop Bunraku-style of puppetry in which three puppeteers dressed entirely in black operate the puppets. Shadow puppets bring the poetry to life. The puppeteers are Ben Burris, Zane Exactly and Gina Wilhelm directed by Jean Enticknap. Funded in part with Funds from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.

Performance Schedule

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98117 in Ballard
Dec. 7, 8 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
Dec. 21, 22 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 – 62nd Ave NE Bld 47, Seattle, WA 98115
Dec. 28, 29 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Individual Tickets
Children and Seniors – $8.00
General – $10.00

Purchase tickets at or

(206) 524-3388

Pixie touches toes