Glad you have your bases covered, I know folk who didn't.
Your work looks great with the kids. I had a touring puppetry group of kids from the project area of Flint...it went on for two years and was a wonder.
Thanks for inviting me to be your friend! Children are wonderfully creative, aren't they? A few years ago I conducted a three-month puppet residency in a nearby elementary school for a select number of kids (total about 25 -- too many all at one time!) from third, fourth and fifth grades. We met a couple times a week and I taught each one to make his/her own rod puppet -- whatever character. I got witches, wizards, clowns, princesses, a couple dragons, boxers, birds -- you name it! Two knights in shining armor were especially difficult. On their own initiative, the two boys who built these carefully wrapped arms, bodies, swords and helmets in aluminum foil. Then we combined all these characters into a show for classmates and parents. We called it "Doomsday at the Circus!"
Hi Jessica. Thanks for the friend invite. I just watched "The Storyteller" the other night from Netflix. I started out on the great big puppets because I saw the "Royal Deluxe" group on the net. I was marginally successful with the help of many friends, but we did have a fun show. We had the kids write stories and act them out, and the puppets were commentators. It was so much fun, and the giant marionettes worked, with great effort. I'm more interested in building the puppets and writing script than I am in operating them. Now I'm working on smaller puppets for next years show.
I'm an older guy with lots of artistic experience and no puppetry experience. If you need help on mechanics, I would be happy to help if I can.
Hi Jessica thanks for wanting to be my friend. So, you were a clown in a real circus, how nice, sometimes I´m a clown, too, when I entertain at childrens parties. If you want to know something about papier máchê puppets I can teach you a thing or two, but if you want to know something about foam puppets you will have to ask someone else because I am going to start making them. Keep in touch.