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Call for Performance Proposals for PNW Regional Festival

The Left Coast Puppet Love Fest, August 6-9, 2020 in Portland, OR, is the Official Regional Festival for the Pacific Northwest Region of The Puppeteers of America.

The Left Coast Puppet Love Fest will bring together professional puppeteers, students, librarians, educators, and inspired beginners in Portland, OR to share knowledge, enthusiasm, and resources.

Festival Dates: August 6-9, 2020
Performance Application deadline is March 2, 2020

Submit via this form: https://forms.gle/geAaS5dWZQDtJcyw6

Our aim in selecting performances is to provide festival attendees with high-quality performances in a wide variety of puppetry styles, especially showcasing the talents of the Pacific Northwest and West Coast. This application is for feature-length presentations (shows roughly 20-90 minutes long). Slots are limited, so we hope to fill them with variety and expertise.

Performance selection and management will be handled by Festival Artistic Director Mary Nagler and committee: Matthew Stowers, Bill Holtznagle, and Valerie Scott.

email Matthew Stowers with questions: mstowers1983@gmail.com

Performers will receive an honorarium of $300.00. Registration and lodging are not covered.

Submit your Performance today!

(Opportunities to teach a workshop may also available to visiting performers. The WS Deadline is Feb 15. Application: https://forms.gle/GEVB4nre5X7urgMA6 )

Thistle Theatre Presents The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling.

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6344 NE 74th St. Suite 103, Seattle, WA 98115 Phone (206) 524-3388
website: http://www.thistletheatre.org email: info@thistletheatre.org

Media contact: Jean Enticknap FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling Thistle Theatre, a puppet theatre for families, presents the “Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling”, based on a Japanese story. A Funny Woman jumps after a runaway rice dumpling that rolls into a crack in the earth. They drop into a world made of Origami (folded paper). Along the way, she meets 3 statues of Jizo (protector of travelers). Each statue warns her of danger. Unfortunately, an Oni (horned ogre) captures her and makes her cook rice for dumplings. The Funny Woman uses humor and her wits to adapt to changing situations. The show features many arts of Japan and transformations in scale. Thistle Theatre specializes in tabletop Bunraku, an ancient Japanese style of puppetry. The puppeteers, dressed head-to-toe in black to suggest invisibility, manipulate the puppets from behind. Kyleigh Archer and Eugenia Zapata-Carter have joined veteran Zane Exactly as puppeteers on team Thistle Theatre in a show directed by Jean Enticknap. The show was built in 2016 with funding from a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant and Sustained Support from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.

BYT-Crossroads Theatre
16051 NE 10th St, Seattle, WA 98008
March 7, 8 (2:00PM and 4:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
March 14, 15 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Thistle Theatre Studio at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St, Seattle, WA 98115
March 21, 22 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Individual Tickets: $11

Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org/tickets.htm
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thistle-Theatre/122211953899

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Puget Sound Puppetry Festival 2020

Puget Sound Puppetry Festival 2020
Sat, March 7, 2020 at 12pm
at Washington Hall

PoPS is proud to be sponsoring this new annual puppet festival which celebrates World Puppetry Day by showcasing the best of Greater Seattle/King County puppetry. We invite you to join us at pugetpuppetfest.com for more information.

Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins will be the inaugural headlining artist. Most recently, Jeghetto had the pleasure to work with national recording artist, Missy Elliott on her music video, WTF (Where They From) controlling the Pharell puppet and doing some puppet building. He also worked on the Amazon Echo commercial featuring Missy Elliott and Alec Baldwin as puppets. Jeghetto’s passion is promoting Oneness through the magic of Puppetry.

The Puget Sound Puppetry Festival is an annual puppet festival celebrating World Puppetry Day (March 21) by showcasing the best of Greater Seattle/King County puppetry.

Call for workshop proposals for 2020 Puppeters of America NW regional festival!

CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS FOR 2020 PUPPETEERS OF AMERICA PACIFIC NW REGIONAL FESTIVAL
We invite you to submit your workshop to become part of The Left Coast Puppet Love Fest.
The Official 2020 Regional Festival for the Pacific Northwest Region of The Puppeteers of America, The Left Coast Puppet Love Fest will bring together professional puppeteers, students, librarians, educators, and inspired beginners in Portland, OR to share knowledge, enthusiasm and resources.
Festival Dates: August 6-9, 2020
Application deadline is February 15, 2020
Left Coast Puppet Love Fest is led by co-Directors Dustin Curtis (Seattle) and Mary Nagler (Portland). Local Puppeteers of America Guilds – Puppetry Guild of Portland, Puppeteers of Puget Sound and Willamette Valley Puppeteers – will organize and run the festival.
Our aim in selecting workshops is to provide festival attendees with a wide variety of topics (Performing, Building, Business) formats (Lecture, Demonstrations, Hands-on) and puppeteering styles. Workshops with an academic or scholarly focus as well as workshops in related arts fields such as crafts and theatre are also welcome.
Successful workshops are those and in which participants come away with a new or improved applicable skill, insight and/or inspiration and where the exploration of the topic at hand is suited to being absorbed in the given time period.
Workshop selection and management will be handled by Festival co-Director Mary Nagler (Portland) and Workshop Chair Rachel Jackson of Vox Fabuli Puppets (Seattle). The workshop track is sponsored by Felt-a-con.
Workshop teachers will receive an honorarium. Registration and lodging are not covered.
Submit your workshop today!
Festival Dates: August 6-9, 2020
Application deadline: February 15, 2020

Applications open for FIBER FEST 2020: Puppet Slam!

FIBER FEST 2020:  PUPPET SLAM!
*March 7, 2020*
Fiber Fest 2020 is looking for Puget Sound area puppeteers to participate in Fiber Fest’s Adult Puppet Slam on March 7, 2020. Hosted by Little’s Creatures, the Puppet Slam will feature short form puppet acts and a variety of styles of puppetry for a night of furry fun!
The museum is 2 blocks from the terminal and totally walkable, but there is a possibility of carpooling from Seattle, too, so let us know if you need a ride.
SUBMISSIONS:
Adult Puppet Slam = PG-13 and geared toward an evening adult audience…not for kiddos
3-5 minute acts
All forms of puppetry accepted
Please send photos, videos, links, performer name/bio and the name of your act to:  jesse@biartmuseum.org
DETAILS:
Venue:  Bainbridge Island Museum of Art – Frank Buxton Auditorium
Address:  550 Winslow Way NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 (2 blocks from the ferry and totally walkable)
Date:  Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Compensation:  Unpaid, but we cover ferry fare and munchies…and there is the possibility of some very serious post-show karaoke at the Mexican place down the street.
Email Jesse with questions:  jesse@biartmuseum.org
Gracias!

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

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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