Monthly Archives: May 2015

2015 National Puppetry Festival of the Puppeteers of America

This is the most updated information from the  Puppeteers of America’s National Festival and from UNIMA about Festival!
Logo for National Puppetry Festival


We are less than three months away from the 2015 National Puppetry Festival of the Puppeteers of America, and over 400 registrants are planning to attend. Registration fees increase June 1st, so ACT NOW and register today.

Several workshops are reaching capacity enrollment. The Festival Committee is in process of scheduling additional sessions for workshops that are full or near full, in order to accommodate the growing interest.

A final schedule of all events will be announced by the end of May. Daily updates are currently available on the Festival’s website, with links to Facebook and Twitter.

Puppeteers of America has just announced air travel discount offers from United Airlines and Delta, now available to all festival registrants. To utilize this offer, register at, where you will be provided with that option. (This offer is only available for flights to and from Bradley International Airport during the Festival time frame.)


Lyrric Jackson
Director of Membership Services for UNIMA-USA
Direct: 404-881-5110
UNIMA-USA Headquarters
1404 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Fax: 404-873-9907

If any of you are traveling to festivals this summer, we are going to have a post festival meeting in September for your to  share experiences! TBA!

Jean Enticknap
Membership Director

Water Puppetry by The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre of Saigon

Picture of water puppets

Water puppets

If you have never experienced water puppetry, town hall is bringing The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre of Saigon. They bill it a  “A lavish, over-the-top spectacle appropriate for the whole family”.  A very enjoyable event!

More information available on the Town Hall website.

And also on Facebook:

Thistle Theatre presents: “Little Red Riding Hood”

Picture of Little Red and Sunflowers

Little Red and Sunflowers

Thistle Theatre presents:  Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood sets off to Grandmutter’s house with a basket full of goodies and stumbles into an armful of adventure. Rudy, an impish squirrel, befriends Little Red Riding Hood and warns her of the dangerous wolf. The arrogant wolf assumes a variety of disguises in his attempt to gobble her up. Fritz, the telegram singing bird, and Greta, a rabbit with a carriage full of baby bunnies, round out the zany characters Little Red Riding Hood meets on her adventure. This action filled show is set in Bavaria and includes an interactive song in which the audience is invited to sing along.

Songwriter, Sue Ennis has penned the humorous Wolf Aria, one of the most popular songs ever written for Thistle Theatre. A talented ensemble of puppeteers, Ben Burris, Amy Escobar and Gina Wilhelm perform all character voices and songs live in the production directed by Jean Enticknap. Funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
May 16, 17 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
May 30, 31 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
June 13, 14 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

All tickets are $10.

Purchase tickets at or
For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or
or visit:

Puppet fun during Art Up PhinneyWood this weekend.

For Art Up PhinneyWood: The BIG One, Seattle ReCreative will be exhibiting paintings and prints by Jeffrey Hantman and fruit peel sculptures by Chris Huber.

Art up and chow down in Phinney and Greenwood during the 20th Annual PhinneyWood Art Walk – The BIG One
May 8 from 6 – 9 pm and May 9 from 12 – 5 pm

70 businesses in Phinney and Greenwood from 87th to 65th and 100+ artists will be participating. Featuring art in a wide variety of mediums including visual, performance and music. Maps and additional information available at

Additionally, ReCreative will be offering these FREE (all ages) community events and entertainment:

May 8th, 6-8pm: Nightmerriment Fuzzy Monsters

Come check out some walk around puppetry by artist and storyteller Matthew Hopkins!

May 8th, 6-8pm: Fairytale Puppet Theater

Bring your own fairytale stories to life in this FREE Make & Take workshop with award-winning puppeteer and artist Sarah Frechette. Using recycled & art materials, kids will create fairytale animal puppets inspired by the vibrant, and imaginative puppetry art of “What The Moon Saw”, an artful adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina and The Ugly Ducking debuting May 2nd through 17th at the Northwest Puppet Center in Seattle, WA.

May 9th, 12-2pm: Family Play Studio

Bring the kids in for some hands-on activities with early childhood educator Jessica Lord! bond with the little people you love We will be building with loose parts and playing with a variety of sensory and art mediumsin a dynamic and playful environment that honors our natural desire to experiment and explore. This FREE two hour drop-in playtime is child-directed and self-paced.


Jeff Hantman received a BFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995 and has been living and working in the Bay Area for 20 years. In his studio he disassembles these collected items and reconfigures them into large sculptures that resemble objects that may or may not be obsolete. He combines woodworking, printmaking and painting to create his sculptures.


Make do with what you have; have fun with what you make.

Fresh lime rinds are strong and pliable like leather. They remember their spherical origin even if cut into thin strips. They change gradually as they air dry into brittle forms, but are full of natural preservatives that work as long as they don’t get damp. Things start out luscious and fragrant and then sort of wither. The ephemeral qualities suggested time capsules. The other contraptions are like fruit: to get what’s in there you have to destroy the shell. Photos capture the fresh phase and document what’s on the inside.

Also binkies, bottlecaps, and what not.

Huber was raised and spent most of his life in and near St. Louis. He studied in Ohio and abroad, and has been living in the DC area for the last 7 years. He expects to be relocating to Bangkok later this year. He has a keen interest in visual symbolism. Under the pseudonym Andros Chrystal he created The Puppeteer’s Cosmic Puzzle, which is in the collection of the Musee Francais de la Carte a Jouer d’Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris.

Huber’s work will be on display from May 4-11.

Facebook page for the event:

Northwest Puppet Center presents: “What the Moon Saw”


Northwest Puppet Center is proud to present:

by PuppetKabob

Two of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved tales, “Thumbelina” and “The Ugly Duckling”, are brought together in this imaginative performance.  What will happen to a pair of misfits on their moonlit adventure?  Don’t miss the West Coast premier of this magical puppet show about a pair of unlikely friends.

May 2-17, 2015

Saturdays at 1pm & 3pm
Sundays at 1pm & 3pm

Box office opens 30 minutes before showtime.
Advance tickets can be purchased anytime:

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

tel:  206 523 2579