PAGU Puppetry Workshops in January

Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

This just in from Joe for the January workshops in Orem. Everyone is invited. If you are not a current member of the Puppetry Arts Guild of Utah you can still attend for $5/workshop session.

For the month of January the Puppetry Arts Guild of Utah (PAGU) will meet on the 16th for one hour at the SCERA Center, 745 South State Street, Orem (12:10 pm). We will review and go over the Raptor and Parade Puppets to see where everyone left off. If you have something to work on bring that.

Then on the 23rd we will meet at Robotronics (1610 west 1600 south in Springville) to build and work on our projects. If attending two meetings is too much or distance or weather conditions are a factor (for those who have been attending from surrounding cities) you might want to attend just the workshop at Robotronics.

Joe Flores
Puppetry Arts Guild of Utah (PAGU)

P.S. You can contact Joe at [email protected] or [email protected] or 801-226-6899 if they have any questions.

Two Fun Workshops Planned

Piggie Tails, puppet workshop. Jan 2016

Piggy Tail Tales and Tongue Twisters

It’s a new year and time for planning new and inspiring puppet activities. Members of the newly formed Northern Utah Puppetry Guild (Salt Lake City and north) are planning a couple of puppet shows/workshops for the month of January and invite the public to attend.

Come see “Piggy Tails” –a few old and some new stories with and about pigs. Then take the “Positively Pompous Pig Patter Alliteration Challenge” and make your own “pigculiar” pig puppet. Participants are then also invited to stay and be part of an impromptu show:
“Percy the Private Eye Prevents a Pilfering Problem” or “Penelope Pig Plans a Party.”

We love the potential of puppetry for its artwork, creativity, and the language interaction it can inspire. Participants will be able to make their own highly specialize sock puppet, learn about the puppetry guild, and check out puppet resource materials. This can be a great creative project time for young families, educators of preschool and elementary children, puppeteers, and, of course, all those young at heart.

Workshops are Saturday, January 9, at the Cottontree Inn, 1030 North 400 East in North Salt Lake from 9 am to 11:30 am, and then again on Saturday, January 16, from 1 pm to 3:30 pm at the Fine Arts Center, 58 South 100 West in Brigham City.

The cost is $3 for kids and $7 for adults* (*$5 for adults not making their own puppet). For more information contact Susan at [email protected] or call Susan at 435-730-2487.

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.