A Midsummer Night’s Dream–with puppets

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Dear Friends of Puppetry,

I was able to attend the final dress rehearsal for the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented in the Nelke Theater in the Harris Fine Arts Center on the BYU campus last Saturday. It was AWESOME to say the least. Guild member Nat Reed built all of the puppets for this production and he did an amazing job. He also directed the production.

It will run through this Saturday and tickets are nominal ($6). The show starts at 7 pm, and the Nelke Theater is in the basement of the Harris Fine Arts Center. There is free parking very close.

This is a MUST see even if you don’t totally understand Shakespeare. The cast is vibrant and enthusiastic and right on with dialect and presentation. They did an amazing job. See attached pictures.

Thanks for your support of puppetry.

Laughing Cactus Puppet Workshop November 14 & 15

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Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

The Salt Lake City “Everything Halloween” puppet festival was so much fun. If you missed it and you’re feeling sad about it, you have one more chance. . .

The Southern Branch located in St. George (as our beautiful northern Utah leaves fall and the weather turns cold and stormy, think warm and sunshine) will be presenting their “Laughing Cactus” puppet workshop at the DiFiore Center, 307 North Main, St. George, UT 84770. The fun begins with the Potpourri Puppet Party on November 14 at 7 pm. Humans must be accompanied by a puppet to get into this fun event.

Puppet making and manipulating classes begin Saturday morning, November 15 at 9:30 am with registration starting at 8:30 am. Please check out the class line-up and location information on the two documents attached to this notice.

Lorie Hawley and Sharon Evans are heading up this fun event; and if you know these two, you know you you’re in for a good time and lots of laughs.

Hope to see many of you there. After all, it’s only about 4 hours from Salt Lake to St. George.

SLC “Everything Halloween” workshop a success

Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

Just wanted to post a few pics from Saturday’s “Everything Halloween” workshop and follies. It was a great day and well attended. Enough so that it is on the schedule already for next October. If you missed it this time, join us next year. Watch this site for more info.

Thanks to everyone for helping to make this a great puppet festival.

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IMG_5213 Alan Griffin brought Gritch the Witch to the follies
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Everything Halloween this Saturday

Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

Just a quick reminder about the “Everything Halloween” workshop and follies this Saturday in the Salt Lake Arts Hub at 663 West 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT. See the attached flyer and workshop schedule for times and performances.theone
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Thanks for your interest and support. Hope to see you all there on Saturday.

Puppetry Workshop in SLC on October 11

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Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

Puppets-on-the-Square at the Orem Library last Saturday was a lot of fun and very well attended. It started with a wind that had us all scrambling for stakes, clamps, weight and other devices to hold down the puppet stages. Then the day calmed down and the people came and we managed to perform many fun new shows. A huge THANKS to Amy White and the Orem Library for a great event and a great day.

Now, let’s focus on the October Workshop to be held in Salt Lake City on October 11. The best part is that the theme is “Everything Halloween.” How fun is that?

The workshop will be open to the public for $7/person or $25/family–up to 6 people. This price would include the classes and the follies. Kit fees for those classes that require them would be extra. There should be classes for kids and adults, as well as, teachers, librarians, scout leaders, and perhaps after school program organizers. If you are a current guild member, the workshop and follies are FREE–you would still have to pay for kit fees if the class you want requires one.

Remind your friends and other puppet lovers about this fun upcoming event. As soon as the schedule is finalized I will send out the schedule and the address. So, if you want to teach, perform, or just attend, please let Shelby know ASAP.

Hoping to see all of you there teaching, performing, or joining in this fun puppet event.

Thanks for your love of the art that keeps it alive.


P.S. The St. George, “Laughing Cactus Puppet Workshop” is scheduled for November 14 and 15 in St. George, UT. What a great excuse to get away out of our winter weather. If you have questions or would like an early schedule or would like to participate teaching or performing, please contact Lorie Hawley.