National Day of Puppetry recognized with Puppetry Workshops throughout the state

Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

It is Puppet time!!! The National, as well as, World Day of Puppetry is now officially March 21 (since year 2015) and Puppeteers here in Utah are excited to celebrate. Utah is alive with puppets and we are ready to highlight our three guild branches. The guilds are dedicated to promoting and sharing the art of puppetry and will be offering their annual community outreach activities and workshops. Workshop participants can learn about the different puppet types, make a puppet, learn puppet performance techniques, and see easy to make puppet stages. Puppets make great storytellers, educators, friends, and even psychoanalysts. They also promote creative problem solving. Come laugh with us while discovering the creativity, artistic opportunities, and fun that puppets bring with them.

St. George, Laughing Cactus Puppet Guild of Southern Utah: Friday and Saturday March 17 & 18
The activities will be at the Difiore Center, 307 N Main, St George, Utah. They are starting with a St. Patty’s Potluck Potpourri Puppet Party Friday evening from 7- 9 pm. Puppets are encouraged to bring a human. No naked hands allowed so stag puppets will be available for puppet karaoke, lip sync, puppet games, and puppet improv. Don’t forget to wear the “green.”
On Saturday, March 18, there will be puppet making workshops for children from 10 am to noon. For $6 participants can choose to make bug glove puppets, scarf marionettes, wanna-be puppets, sock puppets, or hand puppets. Afternoon puppet shows will be offered from 2 pm to 5 pm for $6/per person Workshop attendees can attend the puppet shows for only $4 (for a total day fee of $10.) There is also a luncheon and book signing lecture offered from noon to 1:30 pm for $10/person. Authors of the recently published book “Dressing the Naked Hand ” will be on hand to share their insights and sign books. (Books not included in the $10 luncheon fee) Call 435-673-4206 for more information or to register for any of these events. Lynn Ann Richard’s marionettes will be on display at the Difiore Center for this event.

The Northern Utah Puppetry Guild: Saturday March 25, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm
The Guild will be joining forces with the Brigham City Fine Arts Center, 58 South 100 West, in Brigham City and helping to host a day full of puppet activities. Interested folks are invited to come for the day or individual activities. The puppet shows are open to all ages. Workshops are geared to adults and older youth. (Children 5 to 13 years of age are welcome to workshops if accompanied by an adult.)
Persons planning to come to the “wanna be” puppet making sessions should bring a stuffed animal or character to be puppetized along with $3 to cover additional materials. The morning workshop session will be geared to inserting a movable mouth in a puppet. Those who want to learn more about advanced puppet making or stringing a floppy stuffed animal as a marionette should plan to attend the 1-2 pm session. A limited number of stuffed characters will be available to participants for $1 – $2 each. There will also be a few puppet performance classes to help people get the most out of their puppet. We suggest pre-registering to reserve your spot for the Puppet making workshops at 435-723-0740 or [email protected].
We could use a few more puppet shows/skits. Please contact Susan Neidert at [email protected] if you would like to perform.

Puppetry Arts Guild of Utah in Orem, Saturday April 15, 9 to 5 pm.
The guild will be working with the SCERA Center, 745 South State, in Orem for a puppet workshop day.
The Workshops and Follies Registration will start from 8:30 am to 9:00 am. Classes will start at 9:10 am and run thru 3:10 pm with lunch from noon to 12:50 pm.
The follies are from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm and will be open to the community.
Anyone who would like to display puppets, teach a workshop, or perform in the “Follies” should contact Joe Flores as soon as possible at [email protected] or [email protected].

Two Additional Puppet Events are also scheduled.

Earth Days, April 22, at the Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th Street, Ogden, has also planned for puppet performances and a puppet making workshop for kids. Check their schedule of events to see exactly when. Please contact Alan Griffin at [email protected] for more info or to volunteer to help with these activities.

A “Puppets-in-the Park” is scheduled for Saturday, June 24th from 10 am to 2 pm at The Orem
Mall (The University Place at their new park). This event is sponsored by the Orem library, the University Mall, and the Puppetry Arts Guild of Utah members in Utah County. Contact President Joe Flores for more information at [email protected] or [email protected]

Have a great month (plus) of puppet events!

Puppetry Workshop

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Guild Members and Puppet Lovers,

Susan Neidert has come up with a fun way to create 16″ marionettes using an articulated plastic skeleton as an armature. You can use it as it comes or you can fill it in using plastic clay to form facial features, hands and feet, and dressing it to fit your show. She will be heading a workshop to explore the possibilities on Saturday, October 15, from 9 am to noon at the Brigham City Fine Arts Center, 58 South 100 West, Brigham City, Utah.

The articulated skeletons can be found in Smith’s Food and Drug stores starting at $4.79. (I also found them in Walmart starting at $4.99.) Susan has purchased a few extra if you have trouble finding them but you’ll need to contact her early to reserve one. You will also need some plastic clay (Model Magic) or latex wood putty, wood for the controller, braided fish line to string it, scraps of fabric to dress it, and lots of imagination to get started.

If this all sounds like a lot to gather up, Susan has offered to provide all of the above for $12/puppet, but you must contact her right away to reserve a skeleton.

If you would like to come and join us and see what you can create please mark your calendars now and contact Susan by phone 435 730-2487 or by e-mail at [email protected] to sign up.

Thanks for loving the art of puppetry!!

Wanna-Be Puppet Challenge

Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

The Northern Utah Puppetry Guild would like to issue a challenge to ALL puppet guild members and other persons, families, or groups who would like to try your hand at puppetry to put together a skit or show using “Wanna-be” puppets of your choice. “Wanna-bes” can be used as hand puppets, wide mouth (Muppet style) puppets, rod puppets, strung as marionettes, or made into ventriloquist partners. The possibilities are boundless.

Since this is the season of “yard sales” (and consequently bounteous donations to your local DIs and other thrift stores), it is the perfect time to go in search of “Wanna-be” puppet candidates. We would like to challenge each member/group/family to put together a “Wanna-Be Puppet Show or Skit” to be performed at the August 13th Puppets-in-the-Park event held in Brigham City. Each show should be between 5 and 15 minutes in length and showcase your “Wanna-be” puppet cast. The theme is “Once Upon. . .”

Start with a story you want to tell or just peruse your local garage sales, DIs, other second-hand thrift stores (or your kids toy boxes) until an idea opens up your creative instincts, the idea is formed, and then go to work to make it happen.

This is a great opportunity and relatively inexpensive way to put together and try out a new show or make over an old one to make sure it is going to work before you invest tons of time making special puppets—It will also give you a new show in your repertoire you can pack in a bag or tote and have ready to pull out and perform as needed.

The gantlet has been thrown down!! Hope you will take the challenge and join in the fun outcome. August 13 sounds like a long way off, but trust me it will be here before you can say it backwards.

Please respond to me (Carla) if you plan to take the challenge so I can coordinate shows/skits. That way we won’t have three shows of say, “Jack and the Beanstalk.”



P. S. Save your stuffing (not the nasty foam pellets) as you pull it out and we will get together in September to try our hand at “nylon stocking soft sculptured face” puppets. The fun just keeps going on.

Now, what to do with all those plastic eggs???

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Workshops and Follies 2016 FINAL revised

Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

If, like me, you are wondering what to do with all those plastic eggs left over from the Easter Egg hunt. Well, we have a great suggestion! Join the Puppetry Arts Guild of Utah for the 25th Annual Puppetry Workshop and Follies on Saturday, April 16, at the SCERA Center (745 South State, Orem) for one of many fun workshops we have lined up to share with you. This simple marionette can be constructed in just under an hour with time to practice some awesome moves to show at the follies later that day.

There will also be a “Wanna-Be” puppet making class for everyone. Just bring a stuffed animal/critter with a head and neck large enough that you can get your fist through it and a long sock. Joe will have mouth plates built ahead of time to streamline the process. You will walk away with a fun wide-mouth style puppet. Just visit your local second-hand/thrift store and find that perfect “wanna-be” puppet candidate (or go through your kids’ toy box and give new life to an otherwise discarded favorite).

There will be classes on how to make your puppets come alive, cable control foam puppet heads, sock puppets, paper bag puppets, paper mache puppets, and much more.

Just open the attached schedule of the day and registration form then mark your calendars so you can join us for a day of “Puppet Fun” and “Puppet Follies.”

Hope to see you there.

Leprechaun Puppet Workshop

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Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

St. Patty’s Day is almost upon us! Are you lookin’ to catch a leprechaun this year? If that’s your plan then here’s hopin’ you’ll join the Northern Utah Puppetry Guild for a fun day of stories and puppet making.

Join us on Saturday, March 12, as we present “Stories of the Wee People and other Blarney” at the Brigham City Fine Arts Center, 58 South 100 West, Brigham City, UT 84302, from 10 am till noon.

After we share some fun stories with you be prepared to make this mischievous leprechaun simple cardboard and fun foam marionette. The cost is only $4/person for this whole puppet event.

If you have questions and to register for this event, please call Susan Neidert 435 730-2487 at the center, or Carla Schulz 435 881-6729.

Hope to see you there.