A high school commissioned this piece from me. I think it came out pretty nice.
So yeah, here’s what I’ve been up to lately…makin’ a puppet for a MYTHBUSTER!
Tags: grants, The Children's Bilingual Theatre
The production Mr. Ooba’s TEAM is an anti-bullying play conceived by my friend Jordan Schwartz and being built and eventually performed by Puppatoons, having been portrayed in various installations by Jordan’s pet project, The Children’s Bilingual Theatre. Recently we were awarded at the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Event given by Bank of America. Miss Schwartz was at Bryn Mawr in the middle of exams and could not attend the awards dinner, so I and Jacko, one of the characters from the show, attended and accepted the award check in her place.:)
Now, while I keep most of my puppetry work “all ages”, I do enjoy adult puppetry and a do a bit every now and then, keeping the genres carefully separated.
One of the more mature adult puppetry bits I can’t get enough of is Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.He recently covered Occupy Wall Street. Enjoy.
Neil Patrick Harris, at the 2011 Tony Awards, rode in on Joey from War Horse when beginning a segment of the show. Let the video get to about 4 minutes in to see this extraordinary work of art in motion. I love Hugh Jackman’s face, out in the audience.:D
Jordan Schwartz is one heck of an achiever. At 10 in 2003, she founded The Children’s Bilingual Theater. Jordan started with raising $3,000 in donations and encouraging schools to host the shows. CBT not only brought students together, but brought community volunteers to help make the shows a reality. Jordan’s project explores Hispanic language, culture and history and engages the diversity of our community. She has produced 4 bilingual musicals and 4 storytelling and literacy events leading 200 volunteers.
At age 11, Jordan became a disability rights advocate. In 2008 in an unprecedented move in selecting a 14 year old, the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Organizing Institute chose Jordan as one of 5 participants trained in organizing skills to return to their communities to promote systems change around issues that affect people with disabilities. Jordan wrote a bilingual play.
Mr. Ooba’s TEAM is an anti-bullying puppet show produced by Puppatoons & The Childern’s Bilingual Theater . The show was written by Jordan Schwartz. This production addresses the issues of bullying of developmentally disabled & medically fragile children & diversity in the classroom. Mr. Ooba is an owl, presiding over a class of forest animal children. When one of the kids gets out of hand bullying some of the others about having a disability or nonconformity due to illness, Mr. Ooba steps in to warn the children of the harm of “just making fun”, and to help the kids understand the value of working together.
CBT is a 501c(3) non-profit corp. Sponsorships are available & are tax deductible. For information contact: 678-485-1986
Tags: mythical creatures
Recently I’ve become aware of a lip-synching phenomenon, called Serenading Unicorn, who apparently works for Juicy Fruit:
I’ve had to very quickly put together a show for the Southeastern Flower Show this year, and this year my production is called Tales from DirtLand. It stars a diminutive garden witch called The Great Gazinga, and she essentially “shrinks” all you folks out in the audience down to bug size and brings out bugs to talk to you.
Care to meet and talk to an earthworm? Well, we have Irma Worm for that.
Irma is six feet long and has a pair of glasses where her eyes should be.
Here she is with the stage backdrop.
Unfortunately, due to the death of my grandmother (to whom I will dedicate an entry later) I was not able to finish this whole play in time, so I will be only performing an excerpt. Still, I think we’ll have a good time.
Anyone who knows me knows I love The Beatles. I love them so much, in fact, I’ve visited Liverpool, their city of origin. I had a great time and would love to go back again.
In 2009 another visitor was in Liverpool who had probably never heard of The Beatles, but its visit was certainly spectacular. It was an enormous robotic spider, and it looks as if it spent at least a full day creeping along the city streets, much to the awe of the Liverpudlians.
I can only imagine the exhaustion of the puppeteers after a long day astride the spider, but surely watching the faces of the thrilled viewers was a fine reward.
Earlene, my second wolf in my Western show!