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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!

Thistle Theatre - Tiger, Mt. Spirit, Magpie

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

CALL FOR PERFORMERS: The Dolly Wiggler Cabaret!

CALL FOR PERFORMERS

 
Come to the Cabaret Old Friend!

The Dolly Wiggler Cabaret is looking for mask and puppet artists to show off short bits of brilliance in a puppet slam for adults during Puppet Power 2016.
WHEN: Fri & Sat, May 27 & 28
WHERE: Calgary’s #1 Legion, 116 – 7 Ave SE
WHAT: The Dolly Wiggler Cabaret features short form puppetry for adult audiences
WHO: hosted by Cirque du Soleil clown and comedienne Mooky Cornish, and skill artist extraordinaire Sara Ski, the cabaret features local, national and international artists.
WHY:  The Dolly Wiggler welcomes brand new works in progress, polished numbers and anything you’d like to share as a puppeteer or mask artist.
COME PLAY!
We are looking for about 3 minutes of material, to be performed both nights.
We welcome you to share works you never get to show, new creations you are starting to share with the world, and polished brilliance you love to perform.
Performers will receive an honorarium for their performance.
To apply, please shoot an email to Xstine Cook, Dolly Wiggler Curator, at producer@animatedobjects.ca
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NW Puppet Center presents: “Doc Chapeau Meets the Gill Man”

The Northwest Puppet Center is proud to present a fantastic show filled with mystery and adventure.

DOC CHAPEAU MEETS THE GILL MAN
By Oregon Shadow Theatre
March 26th – April 10th, 2016
Sat. 1pm & 3pm
Sun. 1pm & 3pm
Box office opens 30 minutes before each show or get your tickets anytime:

dmitri@nwpuppet.org

http://www.nwpuppet.org

http://www.facebook.com/nwpuppet

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

tel:  206 523 2579

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 11

What: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 11

When: April 15 & 16

8pm

Where: Theatre Off Jackson

409 7th Ave S

Seattle, WA

Tickets: $12 in advance/$15 at the door

More info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2526870

Nothing is certain but death, taxes and puppets. Not sure that’s quite how the saying goes? Behold! Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam returns with a brand new show, just in time for tax day. Once you’ve crossed all your eyes and dotted all your teas, come spend your sweet rebate at our cabaret-style puppet show for grown-ups. (Puppets count as dependents, right?)

A proud member of the national Puppet Slam Network, Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam aims to promote and support the puppetry community in the Pacific Northwest 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)!

“One of the key aspects to Fussy Cloud is welcoming acts that are being performed for the first time,” said producer Rachel Jackson. “Puppeteers work in solitude for so much of our process. But our work doesn’t truly become a performance until it is witnessed by an audience. Fussy Cloud provides this critical last element to puppeteers who might not otherwise have it, and does so in an environment that is designated as a safe space to experiment.”

~ Featured Artists ~

Charlie Cook

Dustin Curtis

Gale Force

Hearts and Brains

Elly Leaverton

Annett Mateo (Saturday only)

Parker Thompson

Vox Fabuli Puppets

The evening will be lovingly sherpa-ed into a nimble fingered flow by our MC, The Effervescent, Ever-Present, and Amazingly Prescient Rebecca M Davis

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam VOLUME 11 is presented in association with Theatre Off Jackson. Funding made possible in part by the Puppet Slam Network.

About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam: 

A proud member of the national Puppet Slam Network, 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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