A host of charming little personalities lead the way, among them such "instant" puppets as Bagdad, the paper bag gremlin; the Matchbox Monster, Spoonerella, and Carrie Carrot; "rainy day" puppets that include Robert Robot, Little Miss Muffet, Perky Pup, and Gordo the Wizard; professional puppets such as Pat the Policeman, Bird McDermitt, Klondike Kitty, Honk Kong, the Ape; and dozens of other delightful figures.
Scripts for three plays as well as simple designs for stages and props are included, allowing performers of all ages to put on their own shows and have fun bringing their creations to life.
In Puppet Planet, John Kennedy offers you the insight, tips and trade secrets that only a professional puppeteer can. Learn how to make 12 brand new puppets, then learn how to perform with them! Discover professional staging techniques, as well as ways to make the puppets come alive for your audience.
Look inside to: Create the muscle laden, but amazingly soft, Stuffed Strongman Craft the delightfully sweet Pillow Buddy Build Professor Foaman, the smartest puppet on Puppet Planet Make the Shoe Box Monster, a fellow with a surprise hidden inside Plus so much more! With variations for every puppet, tips, new techniques, complete material lists and easy to use patterns, you'll be ready to perform in no time! Peer behind the curtain with Puppet Planet and discover a world waiting to delight, amaze and thrill.
Following a brief retrospective of the fascinating ancient art of puppetry, Latshaw offers clear, abundantly illustrated suggestions for preparing for a performance, explains how to construct several types of puppets, and presents a series of exercises that promote the development of distinctive voices for characters and the translation of human body language into puppet movement. Readers will also find a wealth of expert advice on designing stages and puppet environments, writing and adapting plays, and directing productions. A chapter on performance-related tips features helpful hints on scheduling, setting up, handling hecklers, and making an exit that's both efficient and graceful.
A splendid addition to any puppeteer or puppet-lover's library, this profusely illustrated guide will also serve as an effective reference book in schools, libraries, and civic organizations involved in theatrical productions.
A lonely sock becomes a wizard puppet. A glove without a mate turns into five little pig puppets. And that tired dishtowel transforms into a lively banjo player puppet--all at very little cost. Diana Schoenbrun's easy-to-follow directions are accompanied by how-to illustrations. Also included are full-color photographs of puppets, as well as a chapter that guides children through creating and presenting their own puppet show. So, the next time the dryer eats a single sock, get crafty, go green, and go play with Puppet Play.