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 jflores@robotronics.com or joefloresartist@gmail.com 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 www.scera.org/events. 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 bcfineartscenter@aol.com.
We could use a few more puppet shows/skits. Please contact Susan Neidert at bcfineartscenter@aol.com 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 jflores@robotronics.com or joefloresartist@gmail.com.

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 agriffin5@yahoo.com 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 jflores@robotronics.com or joefloresartist@gmail.com

Have a great month (plus) of puppet events!

Puppetry Workshop

skeleton-1 Got one of these?
slkeleton-2 Make one of these…or MORE

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 Pupetmania@aol.com 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.