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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/).

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September Puppet Classes

This September, Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom offer you three easy ways to dip your toes into the wild, weird world of puppets:

What:

BEGINNING STAGE PUPPETEERING
September 12th, 1-3pm

“FINDING YOUR PUPPET’S VOICE”
September 19th, 1-3:30pm

BASIC PUPPET BUILDING – ANIMALS
September 26th, 10am-5:30pm

Where:

Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230
815 Seattle Blvd South
Seattle, WA 98134

*Classes recommended for ages 15 and up
*Class sizes limited to 8

Registration links:
Beginning Stage Puppeteering: http://bpt.me/1984970
“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice”: http://bpt.me/1984972
Basic Puppet Building – Animals: http://bpt.me/1984966

Beginning Stage Puppeteering
Saturday, September 12
1-3pm
Cost: $45 pre-reg/$55 day-of

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Seattle-based puppeteer Rachel Jackson will teach you how to make your puppet seem alive and connect with your audience. You’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional arm-and-rod puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills.

“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice”
Saturday, September 19
1-3:30pm
Cost: $45 pre-reg/$55 day-of

You know how to make your puppet talk, but what does she sound like?
You can make him move, but where is he going? And how does he get there?

In this fun, intermediate puppeteering class, you’ll learn the basics of characterization – voice, physicality and emotion – and how to apply them to your puppet. You’ll get tons of tips for making character choices and see what a big impact they can have on your puppet’s performance. *Beginning Puppetry class or equivalent puppet experience required.

Basic Puppet Building – Animals
Saturday, September 26
10am – 5:30pm
Cost: $175

Walk in with a sad, naked hand and walk out with a fabulous new puppet friend in this beginning class. Spend your day immersed in the hands-on experience of basic puppet construction: cutting, sewing (hand and machine) and hot gluing your way to a finished puppet. Your teacher will guide you step-by-step as you create one of five animals: Dog, Cat, Bear, Bunny or Unicorn…or any animal your imagination can devise.

About Your Instructors:
Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit “MANOS – The Hands of Felt”, she more recently brought her talented hands to The FELT-A-THON, “Whedonesque Burlesque” and “Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical”. She also co-produces Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam. www.VoxFabuli.com

Seattle-based puppeteer Chad Allers has been building puppets since 2010, when he won Project Puppet’s annual contest with the second puppet he ever built. He makes puppet videos through his company, Crash Boom Puppets, including a series where he teaches people how to go about creating their own puppet productions. Locally, he has built puppets for live performances of Nunsense and The Pillowman. http://www.crashboom.net

Spring Saturday Puppet Classes

This May, Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom offer you three easy ways to spend your Saturdays dipping your toes into the wild, weird world of puppets:

What: Basic Puppet Building – Animals 

Saturday, May 9

10am – 5:30pm

Beginning Stage Puppeteering 

Saturday, May 16

1-3pm

“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice” 

Saturday, May 23

1-3pm

Where: Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230

815 Seattle Blvd South

Seattle, WA 98134

*Classes recommended for ages 15 and up

*Class sizes limited to 8

Registration links: 

Basic Puppet Building – Animals: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1433804

Beginning Stage Puppeteering: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1433799

“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice”: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1433877

Basic Puppet Building – Animals 

Saturday, May 9

10am – 5:30pm

Cost: $175

Walk in with a sad, naked hand and walk out with a fabulous new puppet friend in this beginning class. Spend your day immersed in the hands-on experience of basic puppet construction: cutting, sewing (hand and machine) and hot gluing your way to a finished puppet. Seattle-based puppeteer Chad Allers will guide you step-by-step as you create one of five animals: Dog, Cat, Bear, Bunny or Unicorn…or any animal your imagination can devise.

Beginning Stage Puppeteering 

Saturday, May 16

1-3pm

Cost: $45 pre-reg/$55 day-of

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Seattle-based puppeteer Rachel Jackson will teach you how to make your puppet seem alive and connect with your audience. You’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional arm-and-rod puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills.

“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice” 

Saturday, May 23

1-3pm

Cost: $45 pre-reg/$55 day-of

You know how to make your puppet talk, but what does she sound like?

You can make him move, but where is he going? And how does he get there?

In this fun, intermediate puppeteering class, you’ll learn the basics of characterization – voice, physicality and emotion – and how to apply them to your puppet. You’ll get tons of tips for making character choices and see what a big impact they can have on your puppet’s performance. *Beginning Puppetry class or equivalent puppet experience required.

About Your Instructors:

Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit “MANOS – The Hands of Felt”, she more recently brought her talented hands to The FELT-A-THON, “Whedonesque Burlesque” and “Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical”. She also co-produces Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam. www.VoxFabuli.com

Seattle-based puppeteer Chad Allers has been building puppets since 2010, when he won Project Puppet’s annual contest with the second puppet he ever built. He makes puppet videos through his company, Crash Boom Puppets, including a series where he teaches people how to go about creating their own puppet productions. Locally, he has built puppets for live performances of Nunsense and The Pillowman.http://www.crashboom.net

Felt-a-thon, March 21, 2015

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What: The FELT-A-THON

When: Saturday, March 21, 10am

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 very first FELT-A-THON. The FELT-A-THON, a 24 hour puppet marathon charity event, will be held Saturday, March 21.

Beginning at 10am, Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson and Chad Allers, along with other local artists, will attempt to make 12 short puppet videos in only 24 hours. A live stream of The FELT-A-THON will be available online, so that people everywhere will be able to tune in and track their sleep deprived progress. Part of the 2015 World Day of Puppetry, proceeds collected during the event will go to a charity chosen by popular vote.

In addition to collecting donations, audience participation will be encouraged via social media: video suggestions will be solicited, dares taken, and questions answered via The FELT-A-THON’s Twitter feed and FaceBook pages.

“We want to give people a lot of ways to participate, whether they’re here in Seattle or on the other side of the planet,” said Jackson. “We’re super eager to see how people respond here in our first year. We have lofty visions of future Felt-a-thons, with events taking place in several cities at once. ”

The FELT-A-THON will benefit one of three charities – Habitat for Humanity, charity: water or Autism Speaks. The entire event will be viewable for free online via live stream, but the finished videos will be made available to donors before the general public. Donations will be collected via IndieGoGo.

Guest artists include: Annett Mateo – Master Puppet Artisan for Seattle Children’s Theater, local band Brite Lines, and filmmaker Tonjia Atomic.

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 2015 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/).

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