Workshops and Puppet Happenings

Dear Friends of Puppetry,

I just got notice about these two puppet happenings in our great state. If you live in the SLC area or the St. George area you may want to check these out.

The first is a fun workshop by Shelby in the SLC area.

Create a mini-world with two finger puppets and your own stage! Endless stories and fun await you! Use a holiday theme or another of your own imaginings!

Ages 5-105
(Younger is fine with adult help)
All materials provided.

Sat. December 8, 10:00 – 12:00
The Art Factory
193 West 2100 South SLC

The second is a fun performance/demo with Lorie and Sharon in St. George.

We are doing a performance/demo at the St George Children’s Museum on Saturday the 8th from 11:00-1:00. Basically it will be fun & play time with the kids.
Merry Christmas

Wishing you all happy puppet thoughts and events this holiday season!!

Puppet Happening in SLC area

Dear Friends of Puppetry,

Just in time for Halloween! Build your own monster, witch, ghost, mummy or vampire. This puppet has moving arms and is very easy to operate. Great for all ages, and a fun way to greet Trick-or-Treaters on All Hallows Eve!!
No experience necessary, all materials provided.

October 13th, 10:00am – 12:00pm
The Art Factory
193 West 2100 South SLC, UT
$12.00 per puppet
Tickets at the door or online

More Puppet Events

Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

This just in from Joe:

The Puppets-in-the-Park event in Orem will be Saturday, June 30, from 10 am to 1 pm. It will be held at the University Mall, 575 East University Parkway, Orem, in the courtyard (north side of the mall).

Joe is looking for puppeteers to present shows during that time frame (from 10 am to 1 pm). There will be a raised stage set up in one of the three pavilions so you will definitely be in the shade. There will be power, speakers, and mics available. Just let Joe know what you need for your show. If you would like to participate in this Puppets-in-the-Park event, please contact Joe ASAP to get a time slot scheduled. Shows are all volunteer. You will be able to hand out cards or fliers with your contact info. Great exposure to what you do.

If you would like a booth space to sell puppet related items, you will need to bring your own table/s and canopy. There is NO fee to set up a booth.


Also—More puppet workshops happening at the Art Factory, 193 West 2100 South, SLC.

What’s better than watching puppets? Making your own!!
What do you get when you add a sock, materials, and your own creativity together? A great Puppet!
We’re offering three workshops to “make-n-take” a sock puppet of your own design. All ages welcome, no experience necessary. All materials provided.

June 9th
July 14th
August 11th
From 10:00 am—12:00 pm
$12 per puppet

To sign up or if you have questions, call Shelby 801 554-4257

And the Puppet Fun just keeps coming!

Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

Here are the puppet events scheduled in May.

If you are in the SLC area, please join “Puppets in the City” for their next workshop, “Fun Finger Puppets.” It will be held on Saturday, May 12, at The Art Factory, 193 W 2100 S, Salt Lake City. You can register at the door or online at It goes from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. It is designed for ages *5+ (*younger with parent supervision). The Cost is $18 for two puppets and a mini-stage. Bring your story to life with two characters and the world they live in! You will create two finger puppets and a cardboard mini-stage for your performance. All materials are provided.

The other puppet event on Saturday, May 12, will be at the Ogden Union Station Heritage Festival held at Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave, Ogden, There will be a “Spoon Puppet” making booth with interspersed puppet shows by Alan Griffin and Friends and Little Red Riding Hood by Paradise Puppetworks, from 1 pm to 3 pm. If you are in the Ogden area please join us there.

Then on Saturday, May 19, “Puppets in the City” are offering two puppet shows at The Art Factory, 193 W 2100 S, Salt Lake City. These are fun shows for all ages. Princesses and Pirates They are performed back-to-back with a ten minute intermission in between. There are two performance times: 10:00am and 11:15am. Both puppet shows will be shown both times. Doors open at 9:45 am for show A, and 11:00 am for show B. Tickets are $5 for adults, and $2.50 for children under 12. You can buy tickets *online, or at the door. (*Please be ready to show your online ticket before being seated.)

Also, on Saturday, May 19, Joe Flores is offering the first of a two-part workshop on “Making Foam Puppets.” The class will be held at the SCERA Center, 745 South State Street, Orem, starting at 12:15 pm. This first class will be a demonstration followed by questions & answers and a supply list. Then next month come prepared to make a foam puppet head. If you are interested in making a Muppet type puppet, this is where you will want to be.

As always, Happy Puppet Thoughts

Puppetry Workshops Throughout the State

Thanks to everyone who attended the first three workshops. We had a great time and made some really fun puppets. If you missed them, there’s still more to come.

Wanna-Be Puppets and Ventriloquist Class

Soft Sculpture Faces

And the Last Workshop Scheduled (so far)

The Puppetry Arts Guild of Utah’s Annual Puppetry Workshop will be held this year at the SCERA Center, 745 S State Street, Orem, on Saturday, April 14. Registration starting at 9:30 am with workshops following from 10 am to noon, with a break for lunch and resuming again from 1 to 4 pm followed by the puppet follies.

The Registration is $25/family (up to 5 members), or $8/person. The following is a list of the classes offered this year:
– Parade Puppets–Learn how to make parade puppets (All Ages) taught by Randall McNair
– Learn Ventriloquism–Learn techniques and tips (All Ages) taught by Kerry Summers
– Wanna-be Puppets–Learn how to take a stuffed animal and make it into a wide-mouth puppet Bring your own stuffed animal (All Ages) taught by Lorie Hawley and Sharon Evans
– Puppet Performing–Learn Performing Techniques and participate in Improv Skits (All Ages) taught by Jonathan Wilson
– Wanna-be Marionettes–Learn to turn smaller stuffed animals into simple marionettes Bring your own small stuffed animal (All Ages) taught by Lorie Hawley
– Sock Puppets–Bring a sock that will reach your elbow and make a fun sock puppet (All Ages) taught by Joe Flores
– Nylon Soft Sculpture Faces–Learn basic techniques of soft sculpture and make-n-take a spoon rod puppet $6 kit fee for this class (Teens and Adults) taught by Carla Schulz

Hope to see you all there on Saturday, April 14!

Happy Puppet Thoughts to All.