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.

December Puppet Workshop at the SCERA Center

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Puppet Eyes Vacuum Formed

Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

This just in from Joe about the December workshop at the SCERA Center, 745 South State Street, Orem, on Saturday, December 16, from 1 pm to 3 pm.

I will be teaching – “How to make puppet eyes.” I will demonstrate two processes. One will be vacuum forming eyes out of plastic, and the other will be casting eyes using a mold and resins. The class will be from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the SCERA Center in Orem. We will meet in the tile room down stairs. If you take the elevator, it will be the room on your left when you exit.

Thanks Joe Flores

This class is a must if you are even “thinking” of making your own ventriloquist figure (or any puppets with moving eyes). In Joe’s “day job” he gets to build automated creatures all the time so he has some great skills, techniques, and tips to get them right the first time. This is a great opportunity to see how it’s done. (Don’t forget a notebook and your camera or phone to record the step-by-step.)

If you have not been to the SCERA Center before – Yes, it is the theater building. There’s usually a lot going on so just tell them when you go in that you are there for the puppetry class and get directions to the elevator (not hard to find).

Hope to see you all there THIS Saturday.

Budding Ventriloquist from our Ventriloquism Workshop

Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

These are all budding ventriloquists with their new partners. What a fun time we had at the Ventriloquism Workshop with Kerry Summers and friends at the Brigham City Fine Arts Center last Saturday.

Ventriloquism is a really fun way to share the art of puppetry. All attendees learned basic ventriloquist skills, created a wanna-be puppet, and vowed to take their new partners home, dress them, write a short script for them, and then practice, Practice, PRACTICE!!!

We would like to give a huge THANKS to Kerry Summers. He was great and we all learned so much. Watch for follow up workshops and other puppet related events.

Happy Puppet Thoughts to All!!!

Ventriloquism Workshop Update

Ventriloquist poster with Kerry Summers pic

Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

Not only will we have a great time creating a new wanna-be vent puppet partner (from your own or a second-hand store stuffed character) with help from those who know how from the Brigham City Fine Arts Center, but we now have Kerry Summers, an internationally known professional ventriloquist, joining us for this special workshop as instructor and mentor. (Click the link above to see the attached flyer.)

Some of you already know Kerry as a Puppetry Arts Guild of Utah member from Utah County. However, if you are new to the guild you may not have met him yet because he is often busy traveling the world with his puppets including Elvis. Kerry is listed as one of the top ventriloquists in the country, and has performed in over 30 countries and regularly performs on cruise ships and venues in Branson, Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Japan.

Kerry has always been supportive of our local puppetry guild and he is home and agreed to attend, teach, and perform at the November 4th workshop!

Since sending out our first blurb we now have Kerry Summers to inspire and help us, and we have decided to do an introduction to ventriloquism and look at different vent character ideas for the first half hour before making our own wanna-be vent puppets. Also, note that workshop hours have changed a little to accommodate—now running from 9 am to 2 pm with Kerry’s show at 1 pm. (Bring a sack lunch.)

AND. . . If you are not able to attend the whole morning workshop you can still come and bring your friends and family to the Brigham City Fine Arts Center and World of Puppetry Museum (58 South 100 West, Brigham City) to enjoy the performance at 1 pm. The cost for the show only will be $3/person.

So, if you have other plans for November 4th, change them! This will be an awesome event!

**Just a quick reminder: Your wanna-be critters should have a neck large enough to accommodate your hand and arm, a seam where the mouth will be is nice, but not mandatory, and they should be clean (wash in cold to help prevent color transfer, and dry on fluff only or room dry—any heat from your dryer will frizz or melt most fake furs).

So get out there and find that perfect partner. See you all there.