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Like most puppets, stick puppets vary in their complexity. A stick puppet can be as simple as a
Styrofoam ball head attached to a stick, or a two-dimensional picture attached to a stick, or as complicated as a two-stick process whereby one stick supports the puppet’s head and body and the other stick becomes an arm and hand. Puppets can also be created using wooden spoons. Spoon puppets are easy to create and manipulate, but the puppeteer is restricted to…
Similar to the marionette, but less sophisticated, is the shadow puppet.
Shadow puppets are generally flat characters created from heavy paper or cardboard. Again, the characters are hinged, thus allowing the puppets to move freely, and rods are used to operate the gross movements. The figures are placed against a thin fabric panel, and a bright light is shone behind the screen. The result is that the audience sees a clear silhouette or shadow of…
Quite simply, a puppet is an inanimate object, constructed of wood, cloth, plastic, cardboard, papiermâché, or any other type of material, brought to life and personified by the puppeteer. The puppet does not need to look like a human being, rather it must act like one. This is the puppeteer’s job and it will be discussed later.
Puppetry is an ancient art that has survived for thousands of years. Records from the fifth century B.C. describe religious ceremonies in Egypt involving puppets. The records suggest that puppetry was not a new phenomenon. In ancient Egypt, long before the pyramids were built, and also in Greece and Rome, puppets were incorporated into religious festivals. At these times, puppets were exclusively for adult…Continue