Ventriloquism Workshop scheduled for Saturday, November 4

Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

Brigham City Fine Arts Center, in conjunction with the Puppetry Art Guild of Utah Northern Branch, is offering a 4 and 1/2-hour workshop on the art of ventriloquism on Saturday, November 4, from 9 am to 1:30 pm. at the Brigham City Fine Arts Center, 58 South 100 West, Brigham City, UT.

The goal is to help participants 8 to 88 years of age make their own talking puppet the first 45 minutes to an hour, and then have time to learn Ventriloquism basics (or enhance their skills), learn character development, study a few vents on video and live, play theater games to further practice the vent techniques, and end with trying out staging techniques.

We will take a brief lunch break (participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch or there are several fast food places available near by), and then back for some short routines with your new partner.

Registrants are asked to bring a stuffed animal that they would like to make into a wide-mouth puppet. Be sure the critter has a large enough neck to get your hand through and it’s nice if there is a seam along where the mouth will be. Second-hand stuffed critters should always be washed and air dried or fluff dried with no heat in your dryer (even low dryer heat will melt or frazzle most fake furs) before starting the makeover project. There are also a few stuffed figures that will be available for purchase here from past “wanna-be puppet” workshops.

The World of Puppetry Museum will be open that afternoon starting at 1 pm, and registrants are welcome to stay and tour the museum. Admission to the museum and a 2 pm Punch and Judy show is free to workshop participants.

The cost for the day is $30 per participant (parents are welcome/encouraged to sit in as helpers for younger students since hot glue guns are involved). If you have more questions contact Susan at 435-730-2487 or

If kids have an interest in the art of ventriloquism, this is an economical way for them to try it out. Check out Darcy Lynn, 12-year old winner of this season of America’s Got Talent.

Hope to see you all there. You’ll get a chance to meet and learn from Kerry Summers, professional ventriloquist!

SLC Puppets in the City

Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

The Salt Lake area puppeteers are planning a Puppets in the City monster finger puppet making workshop on Saturday, October 7 from 10 am to noon. It will be at Shelby’s studio in the Art Factory, 193 West 2100 South, Salt Lake City. It will be geared for anyone 5 and up. The cost will be $15 for two puppets and a small stage for them to perform with.

If you have questions or to preregister call Shelby at 801 554-4257 and preregister at

Wishing you great puppet ideas.

Puppet Fever — Catch it!

Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

Well, the National Day of Puppetry has come and gone and was well celebrated throughout our great state with fun puppet festivals. If you missed the Puppet Festival in your part of the state, or if you have not had quite enough, or now that you have been bitten with “puppet fever,” there are a few more puppet related events scheduled.

There will be a sock puppet workshop and puppet performances this Saturday, April 22, at the Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th Street in Ogden, in conjunction with their Earth Day Celebration. There will be lots of other activities for kids including face painting and a climbing wall. The event runs from 11:30 am to 4 pm, and the cost is only $4/person entrance for the day. The workshop is scheduled at 1:30 pm and the puppet performances start at 2:45 pm.

Then on Friday, May 5, there is a Children’s Art Fair at 151 South University Ave., Provo. The Fair runs from 2 to 8 pm and there is a lot for kids to do. Connie is scheduling puppet performances to run from 5 to 8 pm that evening. If you don’t want to perform just come for the activities and see the puppet shows she has lined up.

Then a “Puppets-in-the-Park event is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, from 10 am to 2 pm at the University Mall in Orem (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 Joe Flores at or with questions or for more info.

The St. George Laughing Cactus guild has shows lined up at the libraries for the summer. Check it out if these libraries are in your area.
Summer Schedule
St. George Library June 20 3:00 pm
Santa Clara Library June 21 10:30 am
Enterprise Library June 28 10:30 am
Washington Library July 10 2:00 pm
Beaver Library July 25 11:30 am
Minersville July 25 2:00 pm
Milford July 25 4:00 pm

Catch the fever and keep this art alive!

Not Too Late to Celebrate National Day of Puppetry

Registration Form

Dear Guild Members and Friends of Puppetry,

If you missed the first two workshops (St. George and Northern Utah) or have just not had quite enough puppet fun, you will get one more chance on April 15. The workshop will be held at the SCERA Center, 745 South State, Orem. Registration starts early at 8:30 am and workshops run from 9:10 am to 3:45 pm. The cost is $8/person, $25/family (five members), or $5/child with a paying adult. There will be a lunch break from noon to 12:50 pm. Then the annual Follies will be from 4 to 5 pm and are open to the public for $2/person or free with the purchase of a workshop pass.

Open and fill out the attached Registration Form and mail with your check to SCERA tickets, 745 South State Street, Orem. OR Pre-register online at OR Call the ticket office at 801 225-ARTS.

Hope to see you all there!

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
We could use a few more puppet shows/skits. Please contact Susan Neidert at 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 or

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 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 or

Have a great month (plus) of puppet events!