2022 UPCOMING EVENTS
2022 Greater Houston Puppetry Guild Activities
Saturday, October 29, 10am-2pm
Family Day at Pearl Fincher Museum, Spring, Texas
Join the Greater Houston Puppetry Guild as children make finger puppets at their booth. The
families gather to enjoy face painting, balloon animals, food trucks, and puppetry. We will have a table with felt finger puppets that children can decorate. There will also be puppets for sale. Let me know if you plan to be part of the fun at our booth. Joanne Schroeder, President, GHPG
Sunday, November 13, 2pm
Zoom Presentation by Leonardo Velasquez “Mr. Leo”
Houston Puppeteer and Entertainer
Mr. Leo has been performing for 15 years with a family oriented company dedicated to the magic of puppets and marionettes. He uses magic, storytelling, music and much more to interact with his audiences. He also has fun Spanish sessions. He performs at schools, parties, community festivals and holiday events throughout the Houston area.
Visit his website mrleopuppetshow.com for more information.
Sunday, December 12, 2022, 2pm
Membership meeting at laMadeleine Restaurant
770 W Sam Houston Pkwy, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77024
(No zoom presentation)
Highlights of our POA Regional and Annual Houston Pepper Puppet Festival
Sept. 15, 16 and 17, 2022
Thursday night Dinner and Puppet Slam
Fun performances by members of the Houston Puppetry Guild at Hasta La Pasta Restaurant
Puppeteers of America Regional Pepper Puppet Festival on Friday:
Workshops, Pix Smith’s Puppet Exhibit, the Puppet store and two entertaining puppet shows made up a great day for our puppet enthusiasts and guests. We all had a great time sharing puppet ideas, stories, and experiences.
Shadow Puppetry Puppet Story Telling Czech Style Marionette
“Strings Variety Show” Puppet Exhibit “Fable, Fairytale,Big, Bad Wolf”
42nd Annual Houston Puppetry Festival on Saturday:
Make and take workshops kept everyone busy as well as provided time to show and tell. Our group of teachers from West University Methodist School had a great time creating puppets to take back to their classrooms and share with their students. The Puppet Store and Puppet Exhibit were popular with our guests as well as families coming to see the Puppet Shows at the end of the day. We saw many smiles on the faces of the winners of our Raffle prizes. Our puppet shows this year were fantastic on both days. What a great time for everyone! Thank you to all of our staff, performers, and volunteers that made this another successful event for the Greater Houston Puppetry Guild!
Sock Puppet Grocery Bag Puppet Box Puppet Flip Face Puppet Peter Rabbit Glove
“The Bumper Crop” “Calliope Kate and the Voice of the River”
Thank you from Jean Kuecher to the Participants of the SW Regional Pepper Puppet Festival and the 42nd Annual Houston Puppet Festival on September 16 and 17, 2022
“I want to thank you all for a wonderful and exciting two days. The presenters were all very professional, arriving on time and preparing so well. Everyone was kind, energetic and helpful. You are all very talented and creative. The evaluations were glowing with enthusiasm and admiration for new wisdom.”
“Thank you to everyone who attended for your extraordinary effort for our festival and the art of puppetry! Thank you to Jean Pirtle for taking on the difficult job of Registrar, and doing it so well. Thank you to Joanne Schroeder for working very hard to organize the South West Regional Festival and bringing many items to sell in the store. Thank you to Pix Smith for bringing an amazing Exhibit of beautiful puppets. Thank you to Michael and Lynnette Tello for being store managers and bringing many puppets to sell. Thank you to Greg Ruhe for promoting the Raffle so well and making fun Facebook advertisements for the festival. Thank you to Brian Berlin for hosting our monthly Zoom guild meetings and promoting the festival.”
Jean Kuecher, M.Ed. Puppeteer and Teaching Artist Performing Artist with Young Audiences of Houston Director of the Houston Puppetry Festival www.marionetteplayhouse.com cell 281-799-1398
October Puppet Guild Meeting Review by Joanne Schroeder
Lisa Sturz and puppet partners of Red Herring Puppets in Arizona presented Aesop’s Fables in a table top production for our meeting on Zoom. The puppets moved around the scenery which consisted of a tree, a stone arch and a stone wall. 2 puppeteers behind a table did the manipulation.
The rod puppets were beautifully crafted and portrayed the characters in the following stories: The Fox and the Crow, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Stork; The Lion and the Mouse, and the Owl and the Grasshopper. It was intriguing to see all of these fables presented in one puppet show. There was a scissor beak on the crow. All of the puppets had lovely flat feet which they showed off. It was a most delightful puppet show.
Hello Puppet Presenters and Performers and Enthusiasts,
You are invited to attend our Monthly Zoom Guild Meetings of the Houston Puppet Guild. Please email to request the link for the online meeting. If you want clock hour educator credit for the meetings, please ask for a certificate.
You are Invited
Greater Houston Puppetry Guild Meeting
On Zoom (Email Joanne Schroeder for the password before the meeting at email@example.com)
Earn 1 Texas Education Agency Continuing Professional Education Clock Hours.
The Greater Houston Puppetry Guild, a chartered guild of the Puppeteers of America, Inc., is an Approved Provider for the Texas State Board of Educator Certification.
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.
President - Joanne Schroeder
Vice President - Brian Berlin
Secretary - Greg Ruhe
Newsletter - Jean Pirtle
Treasurer/Festival Organizer - Jean Kuecher
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