3-Dimentional Needle Felting Workshop

Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry—Everyone is invited!!!

Needle felting: Calling all crafters, fiber artists, and Puppet Makers. Check out the workshop on three dimensional needle felting by Wendi Laurence. Wendi presented at a workshop last October at the Salt Lake “Everything Halloween” Festival and we all loved it. She has made felted objects of all sizes and shapes, and has samples to share. We will, for the most part, be designing interesting faces; a good way to begin. Her knowledge of what types of wool to use, where to get them, and how to learn basic techniques is amazing. She will be bringing materials so you can complete a project in this morning workshop. The workshop will be Saturday, June 6, from 9 am-noon.

The kit cost is $15 for a punch foam piece, needles, wool backing, and the colored wool you may want to use. The class fee is $25–Get $10 off if you pre-register early and bring a friend. Pre-Register by May 26th online at [email protected] or call Susan Neidert 435-723-0740, or come into the office, Brigham City Fine Arts Center, 58 S 100 W, Brigham City—(just ½ block North of Smith’s parking lot on 100 West). Senior and student discounts may also be available.

Hope to see you all there!

26th Annual Puppet Festival–Saturday, April 18

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Another Chance for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

Just a quick note to let you know that if you missed the BUY production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you get one more chance. It will be the March Puppet Show at the SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 South State, Orem, UT. The show will be at 11 am on Saturday, March 21. The cost is $3/person and tickets are available at the box office before the show.

Thanks for your continued interest and support of the art of puppetry in our great state.

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.