I am not 100 percent sure of this wolf’s name…but it is a female, and she will be a host for possibly talking about weird nature. This round of puppets I am making right now are going to be much smaller and more compact and simple than my previous creations–mainly because my performing abilities are limited right now as I still heal from surgery, and also,just because I don’t have a lot of storage space. I want to be able to open a drawer and several puppets can fit in there, not have to use big plastic bins with many one puppet each.
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.
Whooping Crane puppet from Erica L.
California Condor at the Santa Barbara Zoo
Maui Parrotbill at the San Diego Zoo
I’ve always loved and been fascinated with birds, and I think it’s brilliant that endangered species of birds have been raised in captivity utilizing puppet heads that keep the babies from imprinting on humans. The chicks of California Condors, Peregrine Falcons, Maui Parrotbills and Whooping Cranes have been raised in this manner. The chicks are fed, cleaned,and attended by puppet heads that mimic their species, and never see human faces. In this way, the babies are taught to act like birds and not depend on humans.
My friend Erica has had the fascinating privilege to assist in rearing endangered Whooping Crane chicks. I asked her to describe the experience,because if there ever had to be a convincing performance in puppetry, this is it.
As told by Erica L: