Ideas In Progress

As we prepare for performances of Saudade this month, we are still hard at work on other ideas too. A few photos:

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Flowers and Ladders and Frogs, OH MY!

Rehearsals for Under the Canopy start today! In the midst of the snow last week, we got to set up some of the ladders and other objects in the Athenaeum to see how they look. It was a little odd creating a tropical rainforest in the midst of snowflakes! Here are some photos, and you can buy tickets for the show HERE. We hope to see you there!

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So Much COLOR

Under the Canopy is going to be a very colorful show. Can you guess what each of these photos is a close-up of? There’s a slide show of the final objects (as they look right now, things could still change!) at the end.

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Building a Shadow Show

How long does it take us to build a new puppet show? Coyote Places the Stars, which is a 5 minute show, took us about two weeks from start to finish. That includes writing and recording the script, designing and creating the puppets, creating the lightboxes and rehearsing all the movement. We divided a lot of the work; Cecilia handled the script, based on an idea from Genna and cut out puppets, while Genna designed all the puppets and sets and built the lightboxes. Here are some photos from the process:

The lightboxes that Genna built. They stack to form a tower.

The lightboxes that Genna built. They stack to form a tower.

Puppets in process of being cut out. After they are cut, we add velcro, sometimes to both sides so we can flip them.

Puppets in process of being cut out. After they are cut, we add velcro, sometimes to both sides so we can flip them.

Between the puppets and the stencils for the workshop, the living room table got rather messy.

Between the puppets and the stencils for the workshop, the living room table got rather messy.

Finished puppets mounted on their rods with velcro, waiting to perform.

Finished puppets mounted on their rods with velcro, waiting to perform.

We experimented with various lights and gels to get different looks and colors on the different lightboxes.

We experimented with various lights and gels to get different looks and colors on the different lightboxes.

The final sets in place, with Coyote looking up at the stars and Bear waiting down on earth.

The final sets in place, with Coyote looking up at the stars and Bear waiting down on earth.