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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

Join us, or Renew your Puppeteers of Puget Sound Membership

Current PPS Guild Members and future Puppeteers of Puget Sound Members a great year of puppetry events are on tap.  Join or update your membership today.  Those attending on Feb. 6 can save postage by giving filled out membership form with cash or check to Jean Enticknap at the event.

Here is what your membership gives you in only the first quarter of the year:

Feb. 6 – Northwest Puppet Center and Dmitri Carter are hosting Paul Mesner’s Pulcinella at the NWPC.  – Half price for members.  Details on our Facebook page.

Feb. 14 – Skid Row Puppet Show Event at Ballard Alki Lodge. Discount for members (see our Facebook page)

February 26 – Rob D’Arc and Jean Enticknap are hosting the first in a series of Thursday evening of videos at the Thistle Theatre Studio at Magnuson Park.  Want to find a puppet mentor? Videos of puppeteers who are masters of manipulation will inspire everyone from novice to professional.  $5 at door for non-members, free to PofPS guild members. Snacks included, BYOB.  More detail of the event will be posted soon.

March 21 – Puppeteers of America’s National Day of Puppetry.  An entire day of shows and events.  Some events will have a PofPS discount. More details of the event will be posted soon.

Please forward to your friends and other fans of puppetry.

Cheers,
Jean Enticknap
Membership Director

PS.  If you have sent a membership since Oct. 2014, you are up to date.  All other memberships have lapsed.

Puppetry Around Puget Sound in 2014-15 and Puppet Mural Revealed

Puppet MuralA call to puppeteers! Find out what is happening in puppetry around Puget Sound in 2014-2015, see and hear about artist Dan Cautrell’s 16’ puppet mural donated by Rob D’Arc, and see a performance of “Senor El Gato (Mr. Cat)” by Jenelle Weidlich. The event is sponsored by the Puppeteers of Puget Sound and will be held at the Thistle Theatre Studio Sept. 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

So far, representatives from the following groups will be present to share information:
-Aurora Valentinetti Museum Season and Exhibits
-Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Events
-Northwest Puppetry Center Season and The Cook/Marks Collection
-Thistle Theatre Season

Information about the following puppet organization will be available:
-Pacific Northwest Puppetry Meet-up Group
-Puppeteers of America
-Puppeteers of Puget Sound
-UNIMA-USA (Union International de la Marionnette)

This is an RSVP only event. There will be additional “show and tell” with drinks and snacks provided with funds from the Puppeteers of Puget Sound. Please send RSVP by September 8, to event organizer, Jean Enticknap – jme@bigplanet.com

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Spring Submissions

It’s Spring! Time yet again for another volume of the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam! We’re very excited to announce that our 8th slam will be presented at Theatre Puget Sound’s Theatre4.

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 films.

We are seeking adult puppet pieces up to 8 minutes long. (“adult” as in “not for children”; “blue” material is acceptable but not required.)

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, April 21st.

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.

– Small stipends will be paid to each act
– Additionally some travel stipends are available for out-of-towners

If you would be interested in participating please provide us with some information about your piece:

• Quick Description of your piece (story line, type of puppets used, how many puppeteers, general mood, etc):
• Approx. Length:
• Any video link?
• Any Pictures? (attach to email)

Please send all information and inquiries to: fussycloudpuppetslam@gmail.com

Info: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume VIII
When: Saturday, May 31st at 8pm
Where: Theatre Puget Sound’s Theatre4
305 Harrison St Seattle, WA 98109

Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton

Shadow WomanShadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton
by Grant Hayter-Menzies

The remarkable career of the American woman who became the world’s first female master of Chinese shadow theatre.

The author will be launching the book on November 9, 2013 at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

Kansas-born Pauline Benton (1898-1974) was encouraged by her father, one of America’s earliest feminist male educators, to reach for the stars. Instead, she reached for shadows. In 1920s Beijing, she discovered shadow theatre (piyingxi), a performance art where translucent painted puppets are manipulated by highly trained masters to cast coloured shadows against an illuminated screen. Finding that this thousand-year-old forerunner of motion pictures was declining in China, Benton believed she could save the tradition by taking it to America.

Mastering the male-dominated art form in China, Benton enchanted audiences eager for the exotic in Depression-era America. Her touring company, Red Gate Shadow Theatre, was lauded by theatre and art critics and even performed at Franklin Roosevelt’s White House. Grant Hayter-Menzies traces Benton’s performance history and her efforts to preserve shadow theatre as a global cultural treasure by drawing on her unpublished writings, the recollections of her colleagues, the testimonies of shadow masters who survived China’s Cultural Revolution, as well as young innovators who have carried on Benton’s pioneering work.

– See more at the Publisher’s website.