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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 )
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Join PoPS as we plan out the new year.
***Front and Center at The First Meeting of 2020: The Future of PoPS***
What does our guild do?
What can it do?
What do we want it to do?
These are important questions and we can not answer them without YOU.
That’s right, we want you AND your opinions at the next PoPS meeting!
So put on your brainstorming cap and your wishing cape (and probably some other miscellaneous clothing, since it’s still winter and all), and join us January 21st, to help us chart the course for PoPS over the next two years.
Please RSVP to Jean Enticknap via email if you’re attending: email@example.com
Thistle Theatre Studio*
at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St. Bld. 30, Seattle, WA, 98115
*It is very important to note that the location is the Thistle Theatre Studio. Please do not “Google” Thistle Theatre. You will be sent to the wrong building.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jean (email@example.com) by May 28th so we have an accurate count for food.
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**
For anyone interested in attending the 2019 National Puppetry Festival we have to grants to offer!
The first is being offered by Puppeteers of Puget Sound. Due May 6th, the scholarship of $250 is designed to assist the recipient in covering registration or housing for the festival and will be paid directly to the festival registrar. We have arranged to keep the registration fee for the recipient at the “early bird” level. In addition, a guild member has offered Alaska Airlines miles to cover a one-way coach seat between Seattle or Portland and Minneapolis on July 14, 15 or 16, 2019. The balance of the registration and housing fees, travel, meals, parking, workshop materials fees, and any other costs are the responsibility of the recipient.
The Second is being offered by the local Norwest Regional Board. Due May 6th, the scholarship of $400 is designed to cover most of the basic festival registration fee and will be paid directly to the festival registrar. We have arranged to keep the registration fee at the “early bird” level. The balance of the registration fee, housing, meals, travel, parking, workshop materials fees, and any other costs are the responsibility of the recipient.
May 17 & 18 (Friday and Saturday)
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
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.
*recommended for adults only
poster by Smitty Buckler
puppet by Pam Severns
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.
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
16051 NE 10th St, Seattle, WA 98008
June 1, 2 @ 2:00pm and 4:00pm