Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,
Mark your calendars now for the 26th Annual Puppetry Festival. It will be held at the SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 South State Street, Orem, UT, on Saturday, April 18, starting with registration at 8:00 am. There will be a series of 30-minute mini demonstration classes starting at 9:00 am including simple puppets, manipulation tips, wannabe puppets, carving foam, and more. See the attached class outline above.
The SCERA will offer a puppet show at 11 am then back for more demonstration mini classes, lunch, and followed by your choice of a 2-hour Make-n-Take class in the afternoon.
Following the afternoon classes there will be door prizes to be given away, and the Follies will start off with one of Dona’s beautiful dragons—in her memory. Guild members will then present 5 – 7 minute skits showing a variety of puppet styles.
Non-Guild members are invited to attend this all-day event for $8/person or $25/family (up to 5 members). This includes all classes and the follies. The puppet show offered by the SCERA Center is $3/person—tickets are available at the box office. Current Guild Members can attend the workshop and Follies for FREE. As always, the SCERA puppet show is $3/person.
To register for this event, simply call the SCERA Center for the Arts box office at 801 225-ARTS (2787) or stop by the box office, 745 South State Street, Orem UT.
Pictures and descriptions for the 2-hour Make-n-Take classes are below.
Joe Flores will be teaching the wide-mouth puppet class. You will build a foam head with a wide mouth and cover it with fur. **This class will require a kit fee.
Sharon Evans and Lorie Hawley will be teaching the Wannabe Puppet class. Bring your favorite stuffed critter and they will show you how to put a mouth in it. So, check under your kid’s beds, or visit your favorite thrift store and pick a fun critter to work on. **No kit fee if you bring your own critter.
Carla Schulz will be teaching a fun technique for storytelling or to use in a classroom to involve several students. “Bottle Buddies” are made from plastic bottles, a dowel, a wooden bead, a little fun foam, scraps of fabric, and your imagination. (We will be using a heat gun and glue guns so children should be accompanied by an adult.) **No kit fee for the first puppet.
All Guild Members and everyone Preregistered for the workshop are also invited to a fun Puppet Improv Event on Friday, April 17, at the SCERA Center from 6:30 to 8 pm. Everyone must be accompanied by a puppet to attend this fun event. There will be lots of fun and light refreshments also.
Hope to see you all there!