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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

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Updates to the Puppeteers of Puget Sound Constitution – Please Take A Look!

My fellow guild members,

The executive committee and I have worked diligently to update the Puppeteers of Puget Sound constitution to reflect more modern methods of communication and connection. We have also consolidated and defined officer job descriptions to match the work that is currently being done.

Please take the time to review the attached document as we will review the changes in the agenda for our May 19th meeting, and then propose a vote of approval from members present.

I am happy to offer a chance to actively participate in guild business. What a great foundation point to support our activities over the coming years.

Yours in googly eyes,

-Dustin

From The Desk Of The NEW President

My fellow puppeteers,

I have such exciting news for this beautiful spring! This past week, I meet with the board and we immediately jumped into pressing guild business. I am pleased to report that we have completed an outline for guild activities for the year and also have reviewed and updated our constitution to reflect a more modern outlook on activities and responsibilities. I want to thank the board for the quick turn around and hard work that they put into the beginning of this week. I look forward to updating you in detail on all of these changes at our next meeting.

I am also pleased to ask you to save the date of Thursday, May 19th at 7pm (Invite email to follow) for our first meeting of the year. I am looking forward to outlining our new robust meeting schedule, providing details on our revived newsletter, connecting with each of you, and I am happy to share that

Cheryl Hadley will be providing her workshop: Build a Rod Puppet Robot from Recyclables

We will need active members for an active guild now that we are full strength on the board; so I will ask the following of you:

  • Please notify us of any show you will be producing/performing /involved in! The guild is here to support and help you in your puppet endeavors. You may send all notifications t0 puppeteersofpugetsound@gmail.com
  • Start saving those ideas for contributing to our revived newsletter!
  • Save the date!!! Felt-a-Con will be returning to produce a wonderful festival on August 13/14th. I am personally looking forward to this event. More details soon as we move closer to the date.
  • Do you know your membership status? If you did not receive this email directly, please inquire with Jean Enticknap (jme@bigplanet.com) to renew or join.

Thank you for being part of this wonderful organization. I look forward to seeing you all in just over a month.

-Dustin

President: 2016

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

FELT-A-CON: A day of activities celebrating the art of puppeteering

The first FELT-A-CON, a day of activities celebrating the art of puppeteering, will be held Saturday, October 10, at Theatre Off Jackson.

FELT-A-CON is a day for networking, education, fun, and outreach. We welcome both professionals and enthusiasts, and puppeteers of all skill levels, from beginners to legends.

Pricing:
$55 before October 1st
$65 after October 1st
$70 walk-up registration (day of show)

Register herehttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2220383

Your Registration Fee includes:
– 3 workshops
– lunch
– a FELT-A-THON 2015 commemorative button
– and 1 admission to the October 10th performance of Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.

Organized by Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson (MANOS – The Hands of Felt), Chad Allers (Crash Boom Puppets) and Annett Mateo (Seattle Children’s Theatre; Drunk Puppet Night), FELT-A-CON is produced in association with Theatre Off Jackson and Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.

Presenters scheduled to appear:
Christopher Comte
Gavin Cummins
Puppeteers of America Pacific NW Regional Director Elly Leaverton
Rachel Jackson
Annett Mateo

Schedule:
10am – Noon: Workshop 1
Noon – 1pm: LUNCH
1:15 – 3:15pm: Workshop 2
3:30 – 5:30pm: Workshop 3
~ Dinner Break ~
8pm: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Vol. 10

Scheduled workshop topics (more details soon):
Punch & Judy basics
Shadow puppet construction
History of Shadow Puppets
Business Basics for Artists
Let’s Talk About Your Puppet
Puppeteer HiveMind

Fall Membership Meeting!

The Fall Membership meeting for the Puppeteers of Puget Sound will be Thursday Sept. 17 from 7:30 to 9:00PM. Meeting will be at the Thistle Theatre Studio at Magnuson Park 6310 NE 74th St, Bld. 30, WA 98115.

Agenda includes reports from attendees at the Puppeteers of America National Festival and the O’Neil National Puppet Conference. In addition there will be, photos, a short film, puppet entertainment and announcements for upcoming puppetry events in the region.

A not to be missed event…please your friends interested in puppetry!

RSVP to Jean Enticknap

Meeting…please attend!

Hello all!

Planning a PofPS meeting for an evening September 8-18 at the Thistle Theatre Studio at Magnuson Park.

AGENDA:
-Report from UConn National Festival from Participants
-Report from O’Neil Participants
-Plans for Puppet Activities Around Puget Sound in 2015-2016
– If you have a puppetry activity or announcement, please reply and ask to be put on the agenda

ACTION NEEDED FROM YOU: Participant please send Jean dates you CANNOT attend in the week of Sept. 8-18 and suggest the topic of your report.

BOARD MEMBERSHIP- Are you interesting in a board position on the Puppeteers of Puget Sound? Do you have future aspirations to serve regionally or nationally as a board member. All roads to that journey start with serving your local guild. Please reply if your are interested in having your name placed in nomination.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Latest News from Puppeteers of Puget Sound

Hello Guild Members,

Here is news about what is happening in the region.

PUPPET STAGE FOR SALE by Jean Mattson and Joan King

Jean Mattson and Joan King of the Seattle Puppetory Theatre are selling one of their stages on Craig’s List. It was made by John and Jeanine Bartelt and is in great condition. Stage, curtain and lights included.  You can see photos on the Craig’s List Post.

 

THE FREMONT SUMMER SOLSTICE PARADE  is THIS Saturday June 20th
A posting from Mylinda Sneed on Facebook

 
Artists: Iggi Green, Marva Holmes, Jess Haynie-Lavelle, Elly Leaverton, Brian Kooser, Mylinda Sneed, Sarah Marie Andrews, and Jesse Elliot are creating Cake Walk! an ensemble for the parade.  Would you like to be a giant puppet: Toy, Pastry, or Chef? Or possibly jump-in with some other giant toy puppet you may already have?
Join us! –
We’ll be building at the:
Power House 3940 Fremont Ave N, Seattle
Friday 11am until – the Illuminated Float Move at 10pm, where the floats & participants magically light up and we reposition the floats at the parade start.If this isn’t your piece of cake – there are many volunteer opportunities: fremontartscouncil.org
Come to see our shenanigans in the Solstice Parade Saturday June 20th – parade starts at 3pm at 36th & Leary and winds its way East towards GasWorks Park, join us at the party there afterwards too. We look forward to seeing you!


LOCAL PUPPETEER KICKSTARTER

Brian Stabile is creating Boxland! a series bout two kids who explore a world made of cardboard, made entirely with puppets!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/178689131/help-create-the-puppet-stars-of-boxland?ref=video

Boxland

Have a great June!

Jean Enticknap
Membership Director

Combined National Day of Puppetry and World Day of Puppetry on March 21, 2015

The Puppeteers of Puget Sound, a guild of the Puppeteers of America, invite you to see and support the work of PUPPETRY ARTISTS on the combined National Day of Puppetry and World Day of Puppetry on March 21, 2015. Celebrate Art and Culture through Puppetry!

SEE A PUPPET THEATRE PRODUCTION

Northwest Puppet Center: 9123 15th Ave NE, Seattle

1:00PM and 3:00PM                                 Tickets: $9-$11                                     www.nwpuppet.org

Bathtub Pirates – Grey Seal Puppets stages an inventive show where a bubble bath turns into a pirate adventure!  A child’s imagination takes an unexpected turn when Captain Blackbeard and his motley band of pirates need a new ship. Found object puppets made from items found in a bathtub!

Thistle Theatre: Magnuson Park Theatre, 7110 62nd Street, Seattle

1:00PM and 3:00PM                               Tickets: $10                                      www.thistletheatre.org

Momotaro (Peach Boy) – Momotaro magically emerges from a peach, bands together with a dog, a monkey and a pheasant to defeat the Oni (ogres) who have been stealing from his family village.

Tabletop Bunraku and origami puppets are used to tell the most celebrated children’s story in Japan.

Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom Puppets: Pocket Theatre, 8312 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle

8:30PM – 9:30PM                     Tickets: $10 online $14 at the door             www.facebook.com/FeltAThon

In Felt-a-thon Live see behind-the-scenes magic firsthand as the cast and crew shoot a video inspired by Design Month’s Pillow Fort Set. You may be invited to put on a puppet and become part of the action or relax and be a member of the studio audience.

SEE A PRODUCTION WITH PUPPETRY

Seattle Children’s Theatre: 201 Thomas St., Seattle  (Seattle Center)

2:00PM and 5:30PM                               Tickets: $25-$36                                               www.sct.org

Goodnight Moon(Musical production of book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd) Enjoy the surprise and delight of Bunny’s imaginative detours on the way to dreamland.  In this production, everyone will revel with Bunny in the fun of jumping cows, dancing bears and a room that springs to life. 

VISIT A PUPPET MUSEUM

Northwest Puppet Center: 9123 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA  98115                   12:00PM – 4:00PM

                                                       Free with production of Bathtub Pirates

Aurora Valentinetti Museum: 257 4th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337               11:00AM – 4:00PM

                                      Suggested Donation Student – $1.00, Adult – $2.00, Family – $5.00

VISIT THE PIKE PLACE MARKET

Planet of the Puppets will be in the market with an amazing assortment of pop-up puppets.  Look near the Joe Desimone Bridge and Stewart St, the area that juts out over Western Ave. http://planetofthepuppets.com

                

Young Adult and Youth Scholarships Available for P of A Festival

Dear Regional Leadership,


We came up a bit short of applicants for the Young adult and Youth Scholarships for the 2016 festival. We want to get as many of our youth to the fest as possible so we have extended the deadline for applicants in these categories till February 20th. Please spread the word to any folks you know who could benefit form one of these scholarships and encourage them to apply. Thank for your help. Here is a link to the application.

http://www.puppeteers.org/who-we-are/grants-scholarships/current-scholarships/

Kat Pleviak
Artistic Director
Sea Beast Puppet Company
630-790-1337
www.seabeastpuppetry.com