Clay Martin Puppet Theatre and Thistle Theatre are two of the 18 puppet groups invited to perform at the Puppeteers of America 75th National Puppet Festival the week of July 12- 17 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Clay Martin Puppet Theatre will be performing Penny Dreadful – An Evening of Gothic Horror, a collection of gothic horror stories performed in a variety of puppet styles including FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA, and THE MUMMY’S CURSE presented with hand puppets, DR JEKYL AND MR HYDE in the form of a giant Toy Theater, and THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO presented as a shadow play. Thoth (whom many may remember as the Egyptian God of Magic) is the Master of Ceremonies. Variety numbers, including THE MAGIC MAN and THE DANCING SKELETON will be interspersed throughout the show to provide a bit of amusement amidst the otherwise unrelenting gloom.
Thistle Theatre will be performing Brother Coyote and Sister Fox a comic Mexican trickster tale. Lisa A. Haslbauer, Brian Stabile and Gina Wilhelm are puppeteers in the production directed by Jean Enticknap. The play was adapted from traditional Mexican stories by Stephanie Diaz and Jean Enticknap, original music and songs by Sue Ennis. Created in the Thistle Theatre studio in 2002, the puppet were designed by the current President of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound, Brian Kooser and built by Brian Kooser, Jean Enticknap and Hyeon-Soog Chung.
Also attending the festival from the region are: Elly Leaverton who is currently the Pacific Northwest Regional Director; Nick Hubbard who will be elected a Trustee for the Puppeteers of American at the festival; and Gavin Cummins who is attending a national festival for the first time.
Please join us for a special workshop by Clay Martin, followed by a meeting of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound, on Sunday, June 26 from 2 to 5pm at Seattle University’s Vachon Gallery.
The Vachon Gallery at Seattle University is located on the north end of campus in the Fine Arts Building, which backs up to Madison Street just east of Broadway. Seattle University is located at 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, between Madison and Jefferson.
Clay Martin, who has been a puppeteer for more years than he cares to admit, will present a demonstration of the art of hand puppetry combined with a true history and authentic account of how he came to be enmeshed in this sordid lifestyle. A highly entertaining cautionary tale for the whole Family!
As part of the presentation, Clay will share his RAG BALLET, a piece about how to make your own puppet from a bandanna and a rubber band and do your own show. Everyone is encouraged to bring your own bandannas, in order to follow along. Clay will have a bag of the right sized rubber bands.
Following the workshop, members will be voting on the newly revised bylaws.
Everyone is also encouraged to bring along their own hand puppets (from shows, collections, or made-especially-for-the-meeting) for sharing or a little impromptu puppeteering during the meeting.
Hope to see you there!