2020 Greater Houston Puppetry Guild Activities
Puppeteers of America SOUTHWEST REGIONAL PUPPETRY FESTIVAL
and the 42nd Annual HOUSTON PUPPETRY FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 18 and 19, Friday and Saturday, 2020. 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
With an Evening Reception on Thursday, September 17.
For Info: call 832-585-1111 or 281-799-1398 or email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
January 11, Saturday: Guild meeting/workshop
Make and take workshop presented by Jean Pirtle. Construct a small portable
puppet stage with neck strap. This stage can be used with hand or sock
puppets in the classroom or to entertain as a walk-around at an event. Email
Time-1 pm to 3 pm
Place: Maude Marks Library, 1815 Westgreen Blvd. , Katy TX 77450
Foam board stage
Cardboard box stage
January 11, Southwest Regional Puppet Festival volunteer
meeting -Following Guild meeting and workshop at Maude Marks Library
Time: 3 pm to 4:30 pm
Workshop Presenters needed for the Southwest Regional
Puppetry Festival. Contact Joanne Schroeder at
email@example.com if you are interested.
February 8, Saturday : Houston Fest
Brian Berlin is inviting us to help Judge puppetry show competitions put on
by Middle School and High School students. The language is in German.
We have to pay attention to the puppet movement and participation by the
group. If you would like to participate you must contact Rustin Buck at
firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the event. For more information contact
Brian Berlin. Email address: email@example.com
Place: Heights High School, 413 E. 13th Street, Houston TX 77008
Time: 7:15 am to 1pm
Houstonfest is an annual competition for students in grades 8 through 12 who are learning German in school. They compete in 44 different categories such as skit, culture test, photography, puppet show, folk dance, contemporary music, and poetry reading. The winners qualify to attend the Texas State German Contest, where they compete against the winners of the other two regional contests Sprachfest in the Austin/San Antonio area and Winterfest in the Dallas area. Last year, we had 647 students from 23 schools participating. You can learn more about Houstonfest at www.houstonfest.org.
HOUSTONFEST Puppet Show Critique Sheet
School: __________________________________________________________________ Circle level: Lower Upper
Title of selection:
Number in cast: ______ (of which ______ are advantaged speakers – allowable only in Upper Level)
Judge’s initials: _______ Beginning time (excluding 3-minute set-up time): _______ Ending time: _______
INSTRUCTIONS TO JUDGES
Please read the “Instructions to Judges” sheet in your packet.
Entry Limit: 1 Lower Level show (German I-II) and 1 Upper Level show (German III-V, incl. advantaged speakers) per school.
Time Limits: Lower Level: 4-8 minutes. Upper Level: 7-10 minutes.
Contestants have a 30-second grace period (under or over) plus a maximum of 3 minutes to set up. Puppet shows may be written by the class, the teacher, German-speaking authors, or others. Fairy tales may be adapted as puppet shows. The performers must memorize all lines from the script. The judges will ensure that the performers have no scripts. No stage will be provided nor used on the contest site, but rather, contestants will perform behind chairs or desks covered by a black cloth (which is provided onsite). Backdrops should be no larger than 10' × 10'. They may be secured to the wall with painter’s tape only. Each group must provide its own puppets, props, backdrops, and painter’s tape. If advantaged speakers are included in an Upper-Level cast, this information must be given to the judges. Two copies of the script must be provided for the judges. Excerpts from the puppet show may not be reused in other categories by the same cast member.
CRITERIA FOR JUDGING
1. Selection and preparation: The selection is interesting and at the appropriate difficulty level; the contestants know their lines well; all the above-listed rules are followed. (0-20 points)
2. Pronunciation: The contestants’ pronunciation of the German language is correct and understandable; the intonation is characteristically German. (0-20 points)
3. Voice and diction: The contestants enunciate; their voices are clear and audible; they use changes in volume, rate, pitch, and inflection. (0-20 points)
4. Blocking, movement, and characterization: The blocking is adequate and motivated; the contestants use creative puppetry to bring the characters to life. (0-20 points)
5. Overall effect: The contestants create and maintain a mood; they maintain character and pace; the backrdrops, props, and puppets enhance rather than distract; the performance leaves a lasting impression.
TOTAL POINTS: (100 possible) _______
MORE COMMENTS TO HELP THE CONTESTANTS (Write on the back if necessary.
RUBRIC FOR PUPPETRY by Jean Kuecher, Marionette Playhouse
GREAT *** NEEDS IMPROVEMENT *
WORDS: Enough words to understand the story. Not enough words/unclear.
ACTION: Lots of action. No action/dead puppets.
STORY: We know who the puppets are, and the problem and solution.
We do not know who the puppets are, and we do not know the point.
VOICE: Loud and clear. Could not be heard.
VISUAL: Puppets faced the audience. Puppets were backwards/too low.
BACKSTAGE: Puppeteers were quiet. Puppeteers were distracting.
WORKING: Each puppeteer participated. Some puppeteers did not help.
February 15, Saturday : Guild meeting/ Puppet performance
Twanda Smith will be presenting “Miss T goes to Texas”, a magical
adventure to the Lone Star State of Texas with Miss T and learn fun facts
from A to Z. Email address- firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: 1pm to 3 pm
Place: Aldine Branch Library, 11331 Airline, Houston, TX 77037
February 15, Saturday: SW Regional Puppet Festival Volunteer
Meeting- following Guild meeting at Aldine Branch Library
Time: 3pm to 4:30 pm
March 28, Saturday: Help with Workshop for Girls Learning Puppetry
Joanne Schroeder is inviting us to help her in a 2-hour workshop for girls
learning badges in puppetry. Email address: email@example.com
Time -10 am to 12 noon
Place: Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo at Lone Star College-
Montgomery, 3200 College Park Dr., Conroe, TX 77384
About the Guild
The Greater Houston Puppetry Guild was formed in August 1977 and Chartered by The Puppeteers of America (the national organization of puppeteers) in 1979. The Guild was first introduced to the public by presenting a performance at the Houston Children's Zoo by its members. This performance was so successful that public demand required the scheduled two performances to become three.
In September, 1979, the Guild further promoted itself by building a tent for its performance booth at the Texas Renaissance Festival. The Guild members performed "Punch and Judy" and other hand puppet shows every hour of the six weekends of the Festival.
The Guild has been a steady presence in the area ever since. We are puppetry enthusiasts of all descriptions and ages: professionals, beginners, teachers, librarians, puppet makers puppet collectors and people who simply enjoy puppets. You are invited to share our interest in puppetry by joining the Greater Houston Puppetry Guild.
PERFORMANCE AND CRAFTSMANSHIP.
Many of the Guild's members are puppet builders and performers. We come together to share our common interest, to learn from one another, to stimulate broader public interest in puppetry, and to raise the standards of the Art of Puppetry. We meet quarterly in the Greater Houston Heights area for dinner, to share our latest creations and shows, and and to conduct general business. We gather a few more times each year for member performances, technique swaps and build workshops.
The Guild is involved in education and in the promotion of the Puppetry Arts. To further these goals, every September the Guild has day workshops for school and church educators and librarians at Cypress Creek Christian Community Center. Professionals can earn 7 Continuing Education Hours while they attend playful, creative workshops on using puppets to promote literacy, building simple puppets for and with students, and teaching students to perform with puppets.
Members of the Guild also perform each April at the Houston Children's Museum for International Puppet Day. This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to sample the many puppetry styles Houston has to offer, meet some of our puppeteers, and ask questions.
President - Joanne Schroeder
Vice President - David Carranza
Secretary/Newsletter - Jean Pirtle
Treasurer/Festival Organizer/Website - Jean Kuecher
Title Image Credit. Artisphere, Creative Common License.