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Puppeteers of Puget Sound Summer Picnic!

Join us as the Pacific NW Regional Director and PoPS President co-host a summer grilling event. The Seattle Children’s Theatre has graciously donated the use of their terrace so the guild may gather, socialize, and EAT. Following a reception, Annett Mateo will host a tour of her puppet workshop:

“After building for SCT for sixteen seasons there are a lot of puppets hanging around the theatre, I’ll take you on a tour of all the backstage areas and we’ll take an up-close look at many of the puppets there.”

Food and beverage will be provided and you are encouraged to bring a potluck dish of your own to add to the table.

6pm – Doors and Reception
7pm – Puppet tour
8pm – Grilling and Mingle
9:45pm – Event closes down

RSVP with Dustin (dustinisneat@gmail.com) or Jean (info@thistletheatre.org) by May 28th so we have an accurate count for food.

Cost:
Guild members – Free!
Children under 15 – Free!
Adults (15+) who are not members – $5

Please feel free to invite family or a date.

This event is Rain or Shine (indoor area reserved for inclement weather).

How to enter SCT:

Please use the door closest to the Pacific Science center, it faces the Mural Amphitheatre. There is a large bronze whale tail sculpture in a little garden right by it. We will be manning that door until 6:30pm. You can text/call Dustin at 206.419.0823 if you arrive outside of that window to be let in.

We look forward to seeing you there and want to thank you for your support of the guild.

**This event sponsored by Trivia Puppet Company**

Fussy Cloud Vol. 16 coming May 17 & 18!!

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May 17 & 18 (Friday and Saturday)
8pm
Theatre Off Jackson – 409 7th Ave S, Seattle
$12 in advance, $17 at the door

A puppet cabaret by puppet loving adults, for puppet loving adults, Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam aims to provide Seattle with quality puppetry performances through our ongoing performance series. A place to be creative, quirky and experimental, every Fussy Cloud features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!

Special Guest: LA based puppeteer, Pam Severns

Hosted by the one and only Sin de la Rosa!

~ Additional Artists Scheduled to Appear ~
Dust in Your Eyes Puppetry
Dustin Curtis of Trivia Puppet Company
Gina Wilhelm
Margeax Binder
Puppetlandia
Vox Fabuli Puppets

Volume 16 is produced in association with Theatre Off Jackson. Funding made possible in part by the HBH fund. Fiscally sponsored by Shunpike.

website: https://www.facebook.com/FussyCloudPuppetSlam/

*recommended for adults only

Ticket links:
May 17
https://www.strangertickets.com/events/93896316/fussy-cloud-puppet-slam-vol-16

May 18
https://www.strangertickets.com/events/93898057/fussy-cloud-puppet-slam-vol-16

poster by Smitty Buckler
puppet by Pam Severns

Thistle Theatre Presents: Aesop’s Fables

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The Raven and The Swan


Families 3 to 103 will delight in Thistle Theatre’s puppet production of Aesop’s Fables. Aesop was born a slave in 6th Century BC and is heralded as one of the great moral teachers of all time. Aesop tells three entertaining stories of animals that have human foibles and strengths.

Set in different locations on the Mediterranean Sea, the first fable, “The Raven and the Swan”, is set in Greece and comically illustrates the lesson that true beauty is found within. Traveling to Egypt for the second fable, “The Lion and the Mouse”, shows how a small mouse can help a mighty lion. “The Tortoise and the Hare” journey to the markets of Byzantium (now Istanbul, Turkey) in the classic story of how “slow and steady wins the race”.

Thistle Theatre specializes in the tabletop Bunraku-style of puppetry from Japan. There are also hand puppets and simple rod puppets in the production. Zane Exactly and Andrew Wilkes are the puppeteers in the show directed by Jean Enticknap with puppets designed and built by Brian Kooser and Jean Enticknap. The production features the score and original songs written by Sue Ennis including two with Ann and Nancy Wilson of the Hall of Fame rock group Heart

Aesop's Fable 2019 Cast

Zane Exactly and Andrew Wilkes

 

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:

Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
May 4, 5 @ 1:00pm and 3:00pm

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
May 18, 19 @ 1:00pm and 3:00pm

BYT-Crossroads Theatre
16051 NE 10th St, Seattle, WA 98008
June 1, 2 @ 2:00pm and 4:00pm

All individual tickets are $10.
Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org>   or www.brownpapertickets.com

For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or info@thistletheatre.org or visit:

http://www.thistletheatre.org
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thistle-Theatre/122211953899
http://www.instagram.com/thistletheatre
http://twitter.com/thistletheatre

 

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The Lion and The Mouse

Tortoise and Hare before race

The Tortoise and The Hare

Thistle Theatre Presents: The Magic Teakettle!

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Magic Teakettle
In a Japanese temple, a teakettle is placed over the fire for the tea ceremony. Suddenly, it sprouts a tail, a head and the four legs of a Tanuki (a raccoon-like animal found in Japan).  Fearing the strange creature with the body of a teakettle, the Priest returns it to the peddler woman who sold it to him.  She gives the Tanuki a home and food and grateful for her kindness, the Tanuki reveals he is Bumbuku Chagama, a teakettle of good luck. Together they start a theatre and the Magic Teakettle of Good Luck performs acrobatic tricks.

Thistle Theatre specializes in tabletop Bunraku puppetry, a variation of the ancient Japanese art form.  Although the style has been modified for modern audiences and performers, the basic idea remains the same: puppeteers dressed entirely in black, to symbolize their invisibility, operate the puppets.  Amy Escobar, Andre Nelson and Zane Exactly are the puppeteers in the production directed by Jean Enticknap.  The puppets were designed and built by Brian Kooser in the Thistle Theatre studio.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:

BYT-Crossroads Theatre
16051 NE 10th St, Seattle WA  98008
March 2, 3 @ 2:00pm and 4:00pm

Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle WA  98115
March 9, 10 @ 1:00pm and 3:00pm

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle WA  98117
March 16, 17 @ 1:00pm and 3:00pm

All individual tickets are $10.
Purchase tickets at www.thistletheatre.org  or www.brownpapertickets.com

For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or info@thistletheatre.org or visit:

http://www.thistletheatre.org

https://www.instagram.com/thistletheatre/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thistle-Theatre/122211953899

http://twitter.com/thistletheatre

 

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Thistle Theatre Presents: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Three Bears in Chairs

 

The three bears load up their trailer and leave Yellowstone Park for a vacation in Hollywood, California. When Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear take a walk, Goldilocks and her pet duck stumble upon their campsite where the porridge is hot and the bed is just right! Songwriter Sue Ennis has written 50’s rock, country and pop tunes for this classic story with a modern twist.

Amy Escobar, Andre Nelson and Zane Exactly are the puppeteers in the production directed by Jean Enticknap with puppets designed and build by Brian Kooser.

 

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:

Magnuson Park Theatre

7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

October 6, 7 @ 1:00 and 3:00

 

BYT-Crossroads Theatre

16051 NE 10th St., Bellevue, WA 98008

October 13, 14 @ 2:00 and 4:00

 

Sunset Hill Community Club

3003 NW 66th St., Seattle, WA 98117

October 20, 21 @ 1:00 and 3:00

 

All individual tickets are $10.

Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org  or http://www.brownpapertickets.com

For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or info@thistletheatre.org or visit:
http://www.thistletheatre.org
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thistle-Theatre/122211953899
http://twitter.com/thistletheatre

 

Goldilocks and her pet duck find camp ground

Manual Cinema Workshop

Manual Cinema Workshop

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Monday, March 19, 2018
7:00-9:00pm

The Moore Theatre
(1932 2nd Ave. Seattle 98101)
$10 fee
RSVP HERE  

Need based scholarships available upon request. Please email studentprograms@stgpresents.org

 

This workshop includes a mini-lesson on Manual Cinema’s work with video samples. Then you’ll move into Manual Cinema’s audio story techniques with exercises on sound design and music composition and a guided sound walk. Participants learn the basic of cinematic puppetry and the company’s visual storytelling techniques by working directly at the screens (in silhouette) and then with hands-on instructions with the overhead projectors. 

 

This workshop is in support of the March 20th Manual Cinema performance of Ada/Ava at the Moore Theatre. For information on that performance visit stgpresents.org 

To receive a 15% discount on tickets to the performance  visit bit.ly/puppeteer-stg. Promo code: Puppeteer

Thistle Theatre Presents: Tiger and the Dried Persimmon!

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Thistle Theatre Presents: Tiger and the Dried Persimmon

website: www.thistletheatre.org            email: info@thistletheatre.org
Media contact: Jean Enticknap   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Learn more about Korea, the 2018 Winter Olympics host country, by seeing this humorous story about a young tiger. Thinking he is the fiercest in all of Korea, a tiger ventures down a mountainside in search of food. Stopping at a farmhouse, he mistakenly thinks that a dried persimmon (kotgum) is a frightening creature.  Experience the rich culture and traditions of Korea through the misadventures of the silly tiger.

This story is performed with tabletop Bunraku, rod and shadow puppets designed by Brian Kooser. Set design by Jean Enticknap and painted by Allyn Baehr. Cultural advisors for project are Hyeon-soog Chang and Andrew Kim. Amy Escobar, Zane Exactly and Andre Nelson are puppeteers in the show directed by Jean Enticknap.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:

BYT-Crossroads Theatre
16051 NE 10th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008
March 3, 4 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE Seattle WA 98115
March 10, 11 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
March 17, 18 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

All individual tickets are $10.
Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org  or www.brownpapertickets.com

For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or info@thistletheatre.org or visit:
http://www.thistletheatre.org
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thistle-Theatre/122211953899
http://twitter.com/thistletheatre

TIger and the Dried Persimmon Press 2018

Thistle Theatre - Tiger at Window

 

 

Call for Artists – Fussy Cloud Vol. 14!

Call for Artists
Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 14


What:  Call for Artists
Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 14

Deadline:  February 20, 8pm

Contact:  FussyCloudPuppetSlam@gmail.com

More info:  https://www.facebook.com/FussyCloudPuppetSlam

We’re very excited to announce our Call for Artists for Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam – Volume 14! 

Show dates: Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21

Additional dates: Tech rehearsal Wednesday or Thursday, April 18 or 19

Location: Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA)

About the Show: Fussy Cloud aims to provide Seattle with quality adult puppetry performances and support the growth and exploration of both new and seasoned puppeteers. Each slam features an evening of live puppet shorts (and sometimes films). Vol. 14 is presented in association with Theatre Off Jackson. Whether you are new to puppetry or have performed at our slam before, we invite you to submit. Whether you have a finished piece to debut, an idea to workshop, or a puppet classic, we want to hear from you! Fussy Cloud is a place to be creative, quirky and experimental.

What We Are Seeking:

– Adult puppet pieces up to 8 minutes long (“adult” as in “not necessarily for children”; “blue” material is acceptable but not required)

– We love to encounter new acts and new (or just new-to-us) performers.

– We are primarily a live show, but we are also happy to consider your short puppet films (just be aware that preference is given to live performance pieces)

Small stipends will be paid to each act, and additionally, some travel stipends are available for out-of-towners.

If you are interested in participating please send us the following:

•Your name and contact info

•City, State/Province

•a Brief Description of your piece: storyline, type of puppets used, how many puppeteers and general mood

•Approx. Length (8 min or less)

•Video link of piece (if available)

•Performance pictures (if available)

*Please Note: Technical resources are limited – slams are quick and dirty!  If you have a technically complex piece, please let us know the specs when you apply so we may determine if it is simple enough to be successful in the slam format.

Please send your submissions (and any questions) via email to: fussycloudpuppetslam@gmail.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 20

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam VOLUME 14 is presented in association with Theatre Off Jackson. Funding made possible in part by the HBH fund.

About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam: 

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam has been providing quality puppet shows for the fine adults of Seattle since 2011. Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam aims to promote the puppetry community and support the growth and exploration of both new and seasoned puppeteers in the Pacific Northwest through our ongoing performance series. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, every performance features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)! 

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Aurora Valentinetti Museum seeking two professional performances this season. 

From the Aurora Valentinetti Museum:   
 
We are currently seeking two professional performances this season.  We schedule Saturday 2:00 shows usually running about 40- 50 minutes with a bit of show and tell interaction with the audience (ages pre-K thru 2nd/3rd grade) before/during and/or after .  12:00 – 4:00 set up/take down time.
      Our Price range is $300 to $600.
     This season is unsettled because of the delay of Olympic College’s  new theatre readiness (still unknown). And they are not taking any bookings yet…
    
 2017-18 so far:
   
      Saturday, October 21, 2017, 2:00PM Clay Martin performed his “Punch and Pals”at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church fellowship Hall, Bremerton  
      Saturday., February. 24, 2018 2:00PM  Emily Alexander, Tears of Joy Theatre, will perform,  “Stellaluna” at Our Saviors’ Lutheran again.  
 Dates with the theatre or church depending on availability. 
    We look forward to hearing from any interested possible performers.
Jocey Bright, Performance coordinator, Valentinetti Puppet Museum, Bremerton
brightaway@aol.com       360-479-3640      

Puppeteers of Puget Sound National Festival Scholarship – Apply Now!

Here is a message From Guild President Dustin Curtis:

My fellow guild members and puppeteers,

I am pleased to announce that the scholarship committee has authorized a stipend of $250 towards attending next month’s National Puppetry Festival in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Please see the attached guidelines at bottom of post. Also note that the applications are due by 5pm Monday, June 19th.

Sending you best wishes!
Dustin

 

PoPS 2017 -2 Natl Scholarship App