I think I might have come up with the regular theme for (working title of) “Something Borrowed”–the ghosts-and-shadow-puppets show. For now, I should probably start out,as Steve said, simply.With just me. The set is the only problem I forsee.The others can join/help later if they want to. Here goes:
The show centers around Evelyn, the bride character, telling a story to another character who is a puppet. This puppet would be some sort of night-dwelling creature, preferably a bird, like an owl or a whippoorwill. The owl would fit the very ghostly theme a bit better, but a whippoorwill would be more unique.
The episode opens, animated, to a night sky, following this bird in flight to an old, decrepit, but once grand house or mansion, as the credits and opening titles go. The bird flies to the uppermost window of this house, the attic, and perches there as the credits end.
Then as the show opens, and switches to live action the bird(now a puppet) calls for Evelyn to see if she is there and will tell him a story. Evelyn appears, and asks what kind of story her little friend would like to hear tonight. When the bird tells her “a love story”, or “a funny story”, etc…she begins to look around in the attic full of junk and finds some object or prop, making sure she mentions somehow that “so many of her old friends have left things here”, sort of indicating that there are many other objects lying around with stories behind them. She finds what she is looking for, and sits down on a stool or chair while the little puppet character draws near. The camera focuses on the prop/object and blurs and fades out…
As she begins to narrate a ghost story, the medium switches to shadow puppets; simple, but performed with the narration to compose a short story of perhaps a minute or slightly more. When the story ends, it too fades out and we are met with the real-live prop again.
The puppet character and Evelyn talk very briefly and comment on the story, and then Evelyn notices that “it’s Midnight”, and she has to be going.The puppet character bids her goodbye, and she tells him she hopes he’ll come back again soon for another story. The bird flies away, out the window from which he came, and as Evelyn watches him fly away, from the window, she slowly disappears.
It should feel almost like a macabre version of Mister Rogers going into the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Evelyn should be attractive, but not sexy, and the stories should be scary, maybe even a little bit gruesome, but not bloody or violent. All in all, it should have a lighthearted feel, but occasionally have a spooky surprise or two.