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Frank Ballard and Gilbert & Sullivan

Started this discussion. Last reply by David C. Herzog Apr 5, 2011. 2 Replies

Hello all! Does anyone out there know if there is any video footage of Frank Ballards productions of Gilbets & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore and The Mikado?  I've seen a couple of pictures of Sir…Continue

Seattle Cornish Puppeteers

Started this discussion. Last reply by David C. Herzog Mar 29, 2011. 3 Replies

Hello everyone! I was wondering if anyone knows what became of the "actors" used by the Cornish Puppeteers, of Seattle, in the 1930's. I was doing some research on their 1934 production of The Wizard…Continue

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Pupperty of Oz

Posted on August 24, 2010 at 9:00pm 13 Comments

Something I have been fascinated with my entire life are marionettes and puppets. I remember seeing a production of Sleeping Beauty in grade school, performed entirely with marionettes, and simply loving it (I recently found out the production was done by Stevens Marionettes). Another time, my grade school class too a field trip to the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee to see a production of Pinocchio, performed…

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At 11:53pm on August 21, 2010, Michelle said…
Thank you for you kind words about our puppets. We built those Oz character about 20 years ago for a show called "Holiday in OZ". It was a sequel to the Wizard of OZ with Dorothy returning. Sadly that show is not performed anymore. The company we made the puppets for is no longer in business and most of the puppets are lost. We still have the Tin Man but the rest, who knows. Funny thing though, we were just talking about building our next show any and this week decided on OZ. So, I guess in a year or so I will be chreating them again. Thanks again for the kind words.
At 11:46pm on August 24, 2010, Michelle said…
Hey Jon, Thanks again for your comment. No, I don't think we will be doing that old show again. We want to try something new and different in puppets and style. Hope it comes out well. thanks
At 9:26am on August 25, 2010, David C. Herzog said…
The first marionette show I ever saw was The Stevens Sleeping Beauty, I was in second grade and decided to become a professional Puppeteer that day. I also saw the Giant Pincochio at age eight at the Civic theatre in Chicago, It was produced by the late Bobby Clark of Chicago and toured for at least 25 years.
At 7:37pm on August 25, 2010, Pix Smith said…
Hi John -- I will post one of the Patchwork Girl Show -- it's not in situ, but it was an OK promo shot.
At 11:44pm on September 8, 2010, Mary Decker said…
Hi John. On August 19 you posted a question about the my photo of Alan Cook's puppet exhibit in Sonoma, CA. I just saw your posting for the first time tonight. Sorry for the delayed response! Anyway, you asked who made the Wizard of Oz puppets in the display case. They were made by the Tattermanns. Mary Decker

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