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Out front with my puppet

A group for puppeteers who don't stay behind a stage. Whether storytelling, or performing music, or. . . it's just the puppet & their human performing directly to their audience.

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Latest Activity: Jul 28, 2014

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A to Z, Puppets Are Easy

Started by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS). Last reply by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) Jun 5, 2014. 1 Reply

How do you work with puppets without a stage?

Started by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS). Last reply by Robert Kenneth Gluckson Dec 10, 2011. 12 Replies

Teacher needs your help!

Started by Joanna Teodosio. Last reply by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) Nov 23, 2011. 9 Replies

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Comment by puppitnut on December 11, 2008 at 5:36pm
hello,i think i should like being in this exclusive little group of yours!!
i to ,dont hide behind anything to bring my creations to life.
i find it more rewarding that the audience find themselves engaging with the bit of fluff on the end of my arm,despite being fully aware its just little ol' me !
and i think they get a good idea of the effort that goes into manipulating a puppet well!!
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on December 11, 2008 at 9:33pm
Welcome Puppitnut!
Yes, I agree it's more rewarding to work with my puppets directly in front of an audience. I've done shows behind a stage, but definitely prefer this.
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on December 11, 2008 at 9:42pm
Welcome, Puppitnut, I agree that Out Front is more rewarding. I've done a bit of behind a stage & definitely prefer this.

Please be sure to let any friends you know who also like to work Out Front know about this group so we can deal with the issues that happen when not doing your typical stage puppet show.
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on September 8, 2009 at 4:14pm
http://www.ning.storyteller.net/articles/265 has a fine article by Out Front member, Priscilla Howe. The article is called "Tips for Using Puppets in Storytelling." The Storyteller.net site is a fine resource for storytelling & if you put "puppet" in the search box, you'll find quite a few articles there. Enjoy!
Comment by Priscilla Howe on September 16, 2009 at 6:47pm
And my ballerina puppet is named Pirouette. She's French and Congolese. She had a lovely time in library reading programs last summer.
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on September 23, 2009 at 12:54am
The Weirdest thing just happened. I know I saw Yonatan's comment here about also having the ballerina puppet. He said it was Tina ___ . (Don't recall her last name.) It's fun to see how this commercially produced puppet has been developed into 3 separate personalities. It's as if they were triplets separated shortly after birth.
It also shows us the processes we go through in developing the personalities & material for our puppets.
Comment by Dudley B. Cooper on March 2, 2010 at 8:29am
What kind of puppet do you find most effective for out front use?
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on March 2, 2010 at 10:33am
Hi Dudley,
I hope lots of others in our group respond to this. I've no experience with marionettes, but Rick Morse does a great job Out Front with a circus he does. I know we have vents in our group, too, & I'm sure they have comments to make.
How large the audience is can make a difference since smaller puppets only work with a small group. I'm flexible with size since I'm usually working with a themed program & so the puppet needs to further the theme. My preference is a full bodied hand puppet that lets me have maximum face & hands/arms movement.
Comment by David Pitts on March 3, 2010 at 12:18am
I use the traditional vent figure of course, Henry, in my picture here. I also use toys as puppets.. kewpie dolls, a stuffed pig. My circus show features myself as a ringmaster of sorts, and these toys as puppets, audience members too, plus a more traditional rabbit-in-the-hat puppet. I'm also working on a routine with a bell ringing teddy bear. I like to keep the boundaries between myself and the audience and the puppets very loose and interactive. The basic structure of the show is set though, and I know the show well, which gives me room to play without fear of losing my direction. The thing that I think makes this work for me, and it's the approach I've always used, is to be a character in the show myself.
Comment by Dudley B. Cooper on March 3, 2010 at 8:39am
Be a character in the show, that is sommething that would be hard if you were not up front. I am learning so much. Thank you! That is very practical advice.


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