2020 Greater Houston Puppetry Guild Activities
Puppeteers of America SOUTHWEST REGIONAL PUPPETRY FESTIVAL
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.
Event website: http://www.PuppetFest.org
For Info: call 832-585-1111 or 281-799-1398 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
March 7, Saturday : Guild meeting/ Puppet performance
Time: 1 pm to 3 pm
Place: Helen Hall Library, 100 W. Walker St. League City, TX 77573
Mr. Berlin's Enchanted Puppet Theatre - Brian Berlin will be presenting a quirky one-man puppet riff about a stage show trying to survive in a modern streaming society and a powerful exploration of artists searching for meaning and identity through their craft. Mr. Berlin’s Enchanted Puppet Theatre has lyrical poetry, live music, and commentary on the world in which we live. In this show-within-a-show, the real drama begins after the curtain falls. Note: This is a preview performance of a show that is still in development.
Brian is an interdisciplinary teaching artist. He teaches elementary school music and enjoys writing and performing original songs, poems, and short stories. He uses puppetry in his classroom. Mr. Berlin studied music at the University of Texas at Austin, holds a B.S. in healthcare administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, an M.A. in music education from Liberty University, and is currently working on his Doctorate of Music Education at Liberty.
March 7, Saturday: SW Regional Puppet Festival Volunteer
Meeting - following Guild meeting at Helen Hall League City Library
Time: 3 pm to 4:30 pm
April 18, Saturday : Guild meeting/ Puppet performance/ Workshop
This Puppetry Guild Meeting will be cancelled.
During this time of physical distancing, we hope that all of you are safe and staying well. Make some puppets if you can, but it's OK to just cope and relax and think!
Time: 1 pm to 2 pm.
Place: Barbara Bush Branch Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77379.
Comedy Writing will be the topic at our April Puppet Guild meeting. Joanne Schroeder of Adventureland Puppets will perform short puppet skits. After each skit the comedy in it will be discussed. Joanne uses all kinds of puppets in her routines, from ventriloquist dummies to hand puppets, rod puppets, finger puppets and marionettes. Bring paper and pen so you can take notes on how to put comedy into your puppet show.
She has written 2 books: Fun Puppet Skits for Schools and Libraries, and Puppets Tell Bible Stories. Many Bible stories are gruesome, but Joanne has learned how to insert some humor into the stories. For example: When she asks the lion what he thought when Daniel landed in front of him, he replies, “Dinner’s ready”.
April 18, Saturday: SW Regional Puppet Festival Volunteer Meeting - following Guild meeting at Barbara Bush Library, Spring, TX. Time: 2 pm to 3: pm.
May 30, Saturday : All Guild Puppet Show!
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Place: The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive Suite #280, The Woodlands, TX 77381.
For May we have scheduled an “All Guild Puppet Show”. That means anyone is welcome to perform a short puppet skit in a variety show. We will be performing a variety puppet show at The Woodlands Children’s Museum at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30. Each show is to be 20 minutes long. Let me know if you plan to be there to perform. We will be performing 3 shows. Short puppet routines that do not require a large hand puppet stage will be most welcome. It will be easy to get on and off the performance stage at the Museum if you use a little portable box stage on your hands, or have a marionette dance routine. The kids are under the age of 7, so short skits and musical numbers get and keep their attention. The theme is “Animals”. Bring animal puppets for your performance.
Joanne Schroeder, Adventureland1@mac.com
May 30, Saturday: SW Regional Puppet Festival Volunteer Meeting -
The meeting will take place between performances. 11:00 - 11:30 and 12:00 - 12:30.
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
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