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Great Regional Puppet Festival in St. Louis, Missouri

PuppetFest 2

To all Puppeteers of America members and especially the members and the guilds of the combined regions:

The Puppet Guild of Greater Saint Louis, Inc. is proud to announces a Puppeteers of America, Inc. sanctioned combined regional festival for the Great Plains and Great Lakes Regions in Saint Louis, MO Thursday, August 4, through Saturday, August 6, 2016.  The theme is “Thinking Outside the Box.”

Anyone wishing to present a workshop or performance in keeping with the theme is requested to submit a description and technical rider to the Workshop or Performance Consultant.  Application forms can be obtained on the festival site ( PuppetFestivalSTL.org ), as well, just select the workshops or performances tabs.  Those will be passed on the festival board with the recommendations and suggestions of the consultants.  The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016.

The performances will take place in the Grand Center Arts District and on adjoining campus of Saint Louis University.  The “official” hotel is a nearby, reasonably priced Holiday Inn Express where workshops will also be taking place.  The registration will be $150 advance and $175 after July 4.  Hotel rooms will be $104/night plus tax for a double occupancy room.”.  The Holiday Inn features a free breakfast for guest, other meals will be extra.

There will be no “store”, but a “flea market” will be set up prior the final Saturday performance.  And we are working on a space for an exhibit.

The local staffing includes Daniel Romano, festival director; Michelle Gulick, assistant festival director; Stan Gulick, comptroller and registrar; Tom Bonham, communications and public relations.

Additional outside staffing includes Monica Leo and Dave Herzog as performance consultants, and Pam Corcoran as workshop consultant.

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Felt-A-Thon Puppet Marathon Charity Event Returns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Rachel Jackson

Phone: 206-291-7922

Email:   feltathon@gmail.com

FELT-A-THON PUPPET MARATHON CHARITY EVENT RETURNS

What: The FELT-A-THON

When: Sunday, March 20, 9am – 9pm

Where: Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230

815 Seattle Blvd South

Seattle, WA 98134

Website: http://www.feltathon.com

Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom invite puppet fans worldwide to take part in the second FELT-A-THON. The FELT-A-THON, a 12 hour puppet marathon charity event, will be held Sunday, March 20.

Beginning at 9am, Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson and Chad Allers, along with other local artists, will attempt to make 9 puppets in only 12 hours. A live stream of The FELT-A-THON will be available online, so that people everywhere will be able to tune in and watch their progress. Part of the 2016 World Day of Puppetry, all proceeds collected will go to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.

In addition to collecting donations during the live stream event, all completed puppets will be put up for auction the next day. Those proceeds will also go to Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The first FELT-A-THON was a great success, raising $1,500 for Habitat for Humanity-King County on March 21st of last year.

The 2016 FELT-A-THON will benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. The entire event will be viewable for free online via live stream. Donations will be collected via IndieGoGo. Audience participation will be encouraged via social media: suggestions will be solicited, dares taken, and questions answered via The FELT-A-THON’s Twitter feed and FaceBook pages.
Guest artists include: Kendra Hayes, Sann Hall and Zane Exactly. More guests TBA.

Website: http://www.feltathon.com
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/FeltAThon
Twitter: @Felt_a_Thon

About World Day of Puppetry: The World Day of Puppetry 2016 invites puppeteers and community members to celebrate the art of puppetry across the country and around the world. For more information about the initiative, please visit the websites of the Puppeteers of America (www.puppeteers.org) and UNIMA-USA 

(http://www.unima-usa.org/).

Catch the Rhythm of the Music City Puppet Festival

The Music City Puppet FestivalJune 16 to June 20, 2016

For 2016 the Southeast Region will be partnering with the Puppeteers of America and the Nashville Public Library’s International Puppet Festival.

Web Site is www.pofasoutheast.weebly.com/. Check back frequently and also like The Puppeteers of America Southeast Region Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PofASoutheast) where updates will also be posted.

This festival will be unique and different from other Regional Festivals. The festival will feature a plethora of performances.

Feel free to contact Susan if you have any questions. (By phone 828-862-8122 or by e-mail vanpuppet@mtnisp.com)

Kyle Loven presents “Retraces”

Here is the next exciting event coming to the puppet community in the new year!

Kyle Loven presents
RETRACES
Directed by Kyle Loven

WORLD PREMIERE
January 7-10, 2016 at 12th Ave Arts Mainstage Theater

Kyle Loven returns with the premiere of Retraces after previous sold-out runs of his acclaimed work, my dear Lewis and Loss Machine. Retracespremieres with support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
About the Show:
Inspired by conspiracy theories and ham radio broadcasts, Retraces follows a skeptical man who works to decode the everyday conspiracies happening around him. Through a combination of projected miniature replicas, live sound, and scenic puppeteering, multiple performers construct his small town environments around him. As the conspiracy unfolds, three manifestations of the man cross paths and overlap in a race to connect the dots. This dark piece blends theater, dance, puppetry, music, and visual art to explore how we as humans and as audience members process information to arrive at our personal beliefs.
“Loven borders on genius.” The Times Square Chronicles

“[His] narrative tools are strong, finely honed, and intricately layered.” The SunBreak

2013 Innovation in Puppetry Award Puppeteers of America National Festival
Retraces Creative Team:
Director and Creator: Kyle Loven
Associate Director: Antoinette Bianco
Composer: Paurl Walsh
Choreographer: Ezra Dickinson
Lighting Designer: Amiya Brown
Video Designer: Leo Mayberry
Costume Designer: Pete Rush

Performers: Ezra Dickinson, Zane Exactly, John Leith, Paurl Walsh, Kaitlin Ziehr

WHEN: January 7-9 at 8:00 PM, January 9-10 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: 12th Ave Arts Mainstage Theater, 1620 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
TICKETS: $20, BrownPaperTickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2465321
For press comps please e-mail: kyleloven@gmail.com
Selected Bios:
Kyle Loven
is a Seattle-based performance and visual artist. His work combines puppetry, objects, sound, and other art forms with the human presence. His original work (my dear Lewis, Crandal’s Bag, Loss Machine, Moon Show 143) has been seen in Amsterdam, Taipei, New York, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle and other US cities. His work has premiered at venues such as On the Boards and the Guthrie Theater. Kyle is the recipient of grants from the Jim Henson Foundation, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and Artist Trust.  Awards include a 2011 Spotlight Award from Seattle Magazine and the Innovation in Puppetry Award at the 2013 Puppeteers of America National Festival. He is the creator and host of the lively game night, Me Love BINGO!.

Ezra Dickinson began dancing at the age of four, going on to study at Pacific Northwest Ballet for twelve years on full scholarship. Most recently Velocity’s Made In Seattle program produced Ezra’s work Mother for you I made this, which received wide spread critical acclaim. Ezra’s own work in movement and choreography installations have been on display at On the Boards, TEDx Rainier, Seattle International Film Festival, City Arts Genre Bender, as well as many others.

Paurl Walsh is a composer of electronic music, modern classical, music for dance and theatre, and experimental rock/pop. He has made work with Degenerate Art Ensemble, Implied Violence/Saint Genet, and Kyle Loven. He makes music under X-Ray Press, Rainbows, and Trying. Paurl co-owns ExEx Audio, a recording studio/music factory in downtown Fremont.

Amiya Brown is an Interdisciplinary Artist who works on solo and collaborative projects, specializing in the medium of light. Her work has been seen at On the Boards (Seattle, WA), ODC Dance (San Francisco, CA), The Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN), and The Baryshnikov Performing Arts Center (NYC) among others. Collaborators include AmyO, zoe½juniper, Pat Graney, Kyle Loven, Alice Gosti, Catherine Cabeen, and Kate Wallich + the YC.
www.kyleloven.com

See “Punch & Judy” at Northwest Puppet Center

Guild Members,

Just announced by the NWPC.  A special event PUNCH & JUDY feature the talents of Professor Peter Allen!
Dec. 18 at 8:00PM at the Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

PUNCH & JUDY
Mr. Punch is a classic figure in British puppet theatre and has been waving his slapstick around for centuries. Now is your chance to enjoy a true Punch & Judy show!

See Mr. Punch, his wife Judy, the little dog Toby, Joey the Clown, the Hangman and all the other favorite characters. Professor Peter Allen was born in London and began performing at the age of 8.

One night only for this special performance!

Please note: May not be suitable for young children and other sensitive audience members due to slapstick violence.

Get your tickets here!
http://punch.brownpapertickets.com/

Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season.  We will be having a guild meeting in late January to announce new board.

Cheers,
Jean Enticknap
Membership Director

Northwest Puppet Center presents: “Circus” by Parasol Puppets

Dear Friends of Northwest Puppet Center,

The next performance in the season is here!

CIRCUS
By Parasol Puppets

Playing Dec. 5-20, 2015
Sat. 1pm & 3pm
Sun. 1pm & 3pm

Tickets available 30 minutes before showtime at the box office or advance tickets can be found anytime:

http://puppetcircus.brownpapertickets.com/
(800)838-3006

Performed by Peter Allen who was born in England and began performing at the age of eight.  With decades of experience in puppetry and a love of the circus, he has created this comical puppet show.

In this performance, the Ringmaster will introduce you to all of your favorite circus characters, including a clown, a very timid lion, and Madame Gertrude with her trained snakes. Audience members are encouraged to cheer, applaud and otherwise help the puppet characters successfully perform their circus acts.  This performance uses colorful hand puppets to bring you the thrills of the circus.

Hope to see you at the puppet circus!

Sincerely,

Dmitri

P.S. Subscribers, just email to reserve for a specific date/time or simply give your name at the box office.  Thanks.

dmitri@nwpuppet.org

http://www.nwpuppet.org

http://www.facebook.com/nwpuppet

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

tel:  206 523 2579

Thistle Theatre presents: “Merry Chris Mouse”

MCM Bed Bouncing Time

Merry Chris Mouse

Thistle Theatre, a puppet theatre for families, presents “Merry Chris Mouse”, an original heartwarming story of sharing at holiday time.  A brown mouse family, homeless on Christmas Eve, moves into the wall of a child’s playroom. Dismayed at the sight of their disheveled home, mouse twins Christine and Christopher scamper into the child’s room to scavenge.  While exploring, they discover a tiny white mouse in a cage…plans for a rescue ensue! The story is about overcoming hardships, helping others and working together.  Jean Enticknap and Sue Ennis wrote the show featuring Ennis’ delightful music and songs including, “Carving the Christmas Cheese”. Ben Burris, Amy Escobar and Gina Wilhelm are puppeteers in the show under the direction of Jean Enticknap. Funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.

Thistle Theatre Studio at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St,  Bld. 30, WA 98115
Dec 5, 6 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Dec. 12, 13 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

BYT Ivanhoe Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
Dec 19, 20 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)

Individual Tickets: $10
Purchase tickets at http://www.thistletheatre.org/tickets.htm
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

Peep Scuffy and Chris on ball

Hand Puppetry Performance and Workshop tomorrow

Hand Puppetry Performance and Workshop
Free to members, $5 at door for non-members.

Still room for puppeteers to enjoy a performance/workshop by Mary Shaver! See Issun Boshi: the Tiny Samurai, then Mary will reveal her stage set up and take questions.  After a short break, she will lead the hands on Hand Puppet Workshop…with handout!  NOT TO BE MISSED!

Puppeteers of Puget Sound Meeting,

Tuesday Nov. 10 at 7:30pm.

Thistle Theatre Studio, Magnuson Park. 6310 NW 74th St, Seattle, WA 98115.
On bus lines and free parking.

Puppeteer Mary Shaver will perform Issun Boshi: the Tiny Samurai, the Japanese tale of the small overcoming the large and being the hero.   Following the performance, Mary will lead a hand puppet manipulation workshop, including a hand puppet manipulation hand out. By the end of this workshop we promise your puppetry skills will be improved!

Mary Shaver is an artist, master puppeteer, and educator who spent twenty-five years living in Asia and Europe while traveling extensively worldwide. She performs, lectures, and consults; starred for three years on the award-winning children’s television show “Pepe’s Magic Tales”; has created for movies and major television networks.   Honey Goodenough, of Puppet Slam fame and a 2015-2016 UNIMA board member, considers Mary Shaver an inspiration for her puppet career.

Please RSVP to Jean Enticknap via email jme@bigplanet.com

Northwest Puppet Center presents: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs By A. Wolf

The next show in the season is wonderful for audiences of all ages and is based on the popular children’s book by Jon Scieszka.
THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS BY A. WOLF
Created and performed by Paul Mesner Puppets
Nov. 7-22, 2015
Saturdays at 1pm & 3pm
Sundays at 1pm & 3pm
Tickets available at the box office 30 minutes before showtime.  Advance tickets can be purchased anytime online or by phone:
(800)838-3006
For all our subscribers, please remember that your name is at the box office and you are welcome at whichever showing that works best for your schedule.  If you want your tickets set aside in advance, feel free to let us know the date and time by emailing or calling the puppet center:
(206)523-2579

dmitri@nwpuppet.orghttp://www.nwpuppet.org

http://www.facebook.com/nwpuppet

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

tel:  206 523 2579

Special Event at NW Puppet Center 10/23 & 10/24

Hello Friends of Northwest Puppet Center,

Please join us for a special performance:
FIRE
by Bread & Puppet Theater
Oct. 23rd at 8pm
Oct. 24th at 8pm
Since the 1960’s, this troupe has been active with social and political spectacles using giant puppets and masks.  Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Bread & Puppet brings one of their most important works to the West Coast with only 2 performances in Seattle.
“Humans wage war against each other and their own mother:  Nature.  Essentially war is the ferocious stupidity that insists on the application of brutality for problem solution, whether the brutality is directed at humans or mountaintops. “FIRE” is a chapel against war, where you sit down to witness the effects of war while contemplating its opposite.”
Peter Schumann, founder of Bread & Puppet
Advance tickets available:
If cost is an issue, please contact the puppet center directly (not the ticketing service) because we don’t want that to deter anyone from being able to attend.  Please note, this performance is not intended for young children and is not part of the season subscription.
In addition to the performance, Bread & Puppet will be leading a workshop on Cantastoria which is open to participants of ALL AGES.
CANTASTORIA WORKSHOP
by Bread & Puppet
Oct. 25th at 11am
Advance tickets available:
Both the performances and the workshop will be held at Northwest Puppet Center.  Hope to see you at these special programs.
Dmitri
P.S.  After this special event, the season continues with “True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf” by Paul Mesner Puppets playing Nov. 7-22.
dmitri@nwpuppet.org

http://www.nwpuppet.org

http://www.facebook.com/nwpuppet

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

tel:  206 523 2579