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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 Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on September 26, 2010 at 10:20am
When I had a chance, I went hunting online to see if there are any sites worth visiting. There are many for Biblical puppetry, but I only found http://www.puppetresources.com/for general purpose scripts specifically prepared for puppets. Some of them will work for solo puppetry. Of course adapting folktales will still be the option I would recommend as it's the most flexible to meeting both thematic needs & your own.
Comment by Betty Diles on September 26, 2010 at 2:56pm
Thank you LoiS for all your help!!
Comment by Joseph Emory on November 13, 2010 at 1:15am
A few entries from the Potlatch (Pokagon) get together that definitely needs mentioning in review. They all however fit better posted in this arena rather than the variety shows postings that the other shows got. "Thanks Lois for creating this group to fill that need. The shows are as follows.

Brad Lowes version of the "The Fisherman and His Wife" was absolutely excellent. Brads exacting movements even the most subtle ones all combine to create the characters and strike the imagination and bring the characters to life for the audience. I can only hope and work towards such a goal of excellence. His new set and puppets for this add to the overall magic of this piece. Great Job Brad Lowe.

Heidi and Sam Ruggs "The Little bread Hen" was absolutely incredible. You captured the audience even the back row especially in your creation of characters from simple prop objects which you tied in so Great. I commented to the fellow next to me "You know they finished the last quarter of this show and didn't use one real puppet until the end but it was excellent".

Last but not Least was Nancy Sander and her version of Rumplestiltskin. She does such a wonderful job of both manipulating and adapting the story line to today’s family relationships. Very beautifully done Nancy.

Thanks all three groups for reminding that child in me what I loved about puppet shows while not giving the adult in me anything to argue with about it. Beautiful Jobs on all of the shows. . Any of these shows I would suggest seeing for any age group.
Comment by David Quesal on November 13, 2010 at 5:16pm
i just had a gig this afternoon. i was seen clear as day and even talked with the puppets without hiding my lips moving and the audience loved it! had music, comedy, and even lots of audience participation in the form of dancing in different ways. it was a good day!
Comment by Joseph Emory on November 15, 2010 at 3:52am
Very kewl on the gig you had David Quesal. contrats.
Comment by David Quesal on November 18, 2010 at 12:52am
thanks joe. now if only I could get gigs like that like every other day or somethin'.
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on November 18, 2010 at 1:31pm
Let's all hear it for more gigs!!!

(It's worth reminding yourself that even "Gigs from Hell" help cashflow & this type of wonderful gig reminds you of why you do it!)

About that business of the audience seeing your mouth move, while I'm definitely NOT putting down the vents here, it's not a requirement when Out Front. Too many people think they must be able to be a ventriloquist if they're seen.

When you pay attention to your puppet as if it were real & it talks to you as if you are real, it becomes real to your audience. If somebody comments on you moving your mouth, you can do several things: (a) act surprised; (b) act as if your puppet's taking the words right out of your mouth; (c) apologize to the puppet for you imitating the puppet; (d) admit this is a puppet after all -- probably triggering a surprised or indignant reaction from your puppet; (e) ___?

It's probably a comment from a child starting to understand some things, like puppets, aren't "real." Accept it. It's not a put-down of your work, just a developmental thing.

It's better to be a good puppeteer than a bad ventriloquist. As for you good vents here, HOORAH!
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on March 29, 2011 at 1:41am
In a bit of "shameless self-promotion" I just realized I ought to let this group know I just posted on my other blog at Storytelling + Research = LoiS "Let Puppets Tell Your Story."  It's part of a workshop I'll do at the end of the month for my local puppeteers guild's Day of Puppetry.  That blog post & some of the information on my website, http://www.LoiS-sez.com ,  may interest some of the folks here in this group as it's definitely puppetry from the storyteller's viewpoint.
I've had people ask in the past if they can use my puppetry material on my website.  My answer for there & this post on my blog is: Sure, but list me & my online website & now also the blog as the source.
LoiS(trongly suggest storytellers also join http://professionalstoryteller.ning.com)
Comment by Priscilla Howe on December 2, 2011 at 9:08am

If you got an e-mail from me about the new fees on PuppetHub, be very wary--I didn't send it out.  It does seem that there will be fees, but that e-mail was most likely phishing for your personal info. For info on the fees, go to the main page of Puppet Hub.

Comment by Fred Einsle on December 10, 2011 at 12:00am

Have tried this, but thinking more short bits that are ad lib - and with use of a video camera.   Seen a lot of these on you tube and tried such concept at a convention.    My first try in front of an audience was at a Jaycee meeting making an announcement in what they call public forum.    Though, this was with a microphone in front of about 70 or more people.  Will be attempting such again next Tuesday.   My main first puppet the avatar next to my post a Folkmanis Collie looks so real - I shocked a at least one person of what I was doing pulling him out of a luggage bag he travels in.    Response, was a few people who thought I was a bit crazy and others who enjoyed it - one person in near the front taking a picture - though, I don't think I picked a good pose for such in my puppet reaction - I closed the mouth - then I am not sure you get the puppet idea in the picture - not as in video.    Then I have gone in to explaining the puppet instead of doing one-on-one conversations.   Voice without the microphone seems a challenge.  With such I sound different to myself better.   Only with recording with my video camera can I see how different voices often fail and sometimes work.   Unknown people I should just use my own voice and they would not know the difference for now.     Other thing is seeing the audience makes me more nervous doing such performance.


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