2021 UPCOMING EVENTS
2021 Greater Houston Puppetry Guild Activities
Upcoming Zoom Guild Meetings and Workshops
March 14, Sunday, 2pm
“How to Use Puppetry in Storytelling”
by Mary Jo Huff
Mary Jo will introduce you to the world of “Peeper Puppets” and how to introduce them to children. Her session addresses listening and oral language standards, as well as the connections to emergent reading and writing. She has a passion and love of language and believes in the power of challenging the imagination. This language rich presentation will show how stories and puppet play connect and transform young lives.
Find Mary Jo on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube Website: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 11, Sunday, 2pm
Pop-up Book Puppetry by Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre
“Kate Shelley’s Train Rescue”
“Kate Shelley’s Train Rescue “tells the story of the Iowa teenager who, in 1881, saved the train from plunging to a watery death. Created and performed by puppeteer, Stephanie Vallez, this exciting tale unfolds in the pages of two giant pop-up books peopled with paper puppets, masks, rod marionettes, and fun, low tech special effects. After the recording, Stephanie will be available to answer questions about the construction of the pop-up book stage and puppets.
Monica Leo is the founder and proprietor of Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre in West Liberty, Iowa. It was founded in 1975 and later became a non-profit organization to provide high quality performances, workshops, and to educate the public about the art of puppetry. They have a Texas division under the leadership of Justin Cornett, a San Antonio native, with shows such as “Three Little Pigs, Texas Style”, and “John Brown’s Journey”.
More information is available on their website www.puppetspuppets.com
Puppet Guild Zoom Meeting Reviews
Review of January Guild Meeting
by Joanne Schroeder
Karen Konnerth of Calliope Puppets in New Orleans gave us a very entertaining and informative program for our January Greater Houston Puppetry Guild meeting on Zoom. We started off with a puppet show of City Mouse/Country Mouse using hand carved wooden puppets. She learned this art in Prague in 2019. She used a toy motorcycle to get the puppets from one place to another in the show. The mice puppets had to be carved in a width that would fit on the motorcycle seat. The mice encountered a cat when they attempted to eat cake, upsetting the Country Mouse so much that he went back to the country without getting any cake. In the last scene, the City Mouse rides in on the motorcycle with a trailer loaded with a large slice of white cake with pink frosting. It was a rousing finish. Sound effects such as one would hear in the country and in the city were well done, and added much to the show.
After the show Karen talked about using trash to make puppets out of paper and cardboard. During the meeting Susan Keys made a mouse puppet using an old file folder. Brads were used to make joints in puppets.
Karen suggested using colored paper to cover cereal boxes to make little stages for the paper puppets. A craft stick or skewer would be taped to the top of the character. One would manipulate the puppets by holding the skewer and moving the puppet across the stage as the legs swing freely.
The show and workshop were delightful, and gave us ideas on using materials we have on hand. That is, trash that we don’t have to throw away.
Review of February Guild Meeting
by Jean Pirtle
Judy O’Hare presented our February zoom program on “Puppets to Entertain and Educate”. She started her career as an English, Speech, and Drama teacher in Massachusetts. Her interest in puppetry began after she taught a paper machete class at a local YMCA. She soon discovered the “power of puppetry” in many areas including mental health and special needs programs. She has worked with the Massachusetts Dept. of Mental Health, teaching creative arts and developing music and art programs for schools. She later developed a love for toy theater and had the opportunity to present a workshop on toy theater/pop-up scenery to teachers in China. She participated in the International Puppetry Festival in Nairobi, Kenya and also taught classes at a college in Tanzania, Africa. Children and adults have created a variety of puppets under her guidance. She has seen the “magic of puppetry” when a mute child speaks with a puppet or an individual explores their inner feelings through the action of a puppet. Judy is certainly a talented artist and we were so fortunate to have her at our guild meeting. We were able to see slides of her puppets and workshops from around the world and really appreciate the wonderful presentation.
You can email her at email@example.com or her website is www.youandmepuppets.com
HOUSTON PUPPET FESTIVAL &
SOUTHWEST REGIONAL PUPPET FESTIVAL of PUPPETEERS OF AMERICA
by GREATER HOUSTON PUPPETRY GUILD
OFFERS 7 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.
Jean Kuecher, Houston Puppet Festival Director.
Joanne Schroeder, Puppeteers of America Southwest Regional Festival Director and President of the Greater Houston Puppetry Guild.
September 17 and 18, 2021
For Info: call 832-585-1111 or 281-799-1398 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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 - Brian Berlin
Secretary - Greg Ruhe
Newsletter - Jean Pirtle
Treasurer/Festival Organizer - Jean Kuecher
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