Calling all Baltimore puppet fans!

Puppet SlamwichAnyone looking for a fun, unique (and cheap!) night out this Saturday? Look no further than the Puppet Slamwich being presented by Black Cherry Puppet Theater in Baltimore!

For those who have never experienced this kind of event, a puppet slam is a night of short acts by various puppeteers, sometimes with music, that allows performers to experiment with new and different material. For puppeteers who primarily work in children’s theater, this is often a venue for more adult-oriented content; for others it’s an opportunity to workshop unusual ideas.

We will be presenting an excerpt from the first half of The Amazing and Marvelous Cabinets of Kismet, so if you can come, you will be able to see the FIRST EVER glimpse of this brand new show. Black Cherry is located at 1115 Hollins St. Baltimore MD and directions can be found on their website here. Tickets for the event are $7 and can be purchased at .

We hope to see you there!

Building Kismet #3

Genna and I experimented with adding controls to some old characters last week, including Swirl Dancer, here:

Genna operating Swirl Dancer.

Genna operating Swirl Dancer.

We also created Mophead, a friend for Kismet, who is made of odd plastic pieces and fabric scraps:

He's a colorful character.

He’s a colorful character.

Kismet and Mophead

Kismet and Mophead

Looking Ahead at 2013

Cabinet for the KISMET set

Cabinet for the KISMET set

We have so many exciting projects and events coming up that I’m not even going to try to list them in one post. Instead, I’m going to focus on the two largest: The Amazing and Marvelous Cabinets of Kismet and our upcoming workshops at several D. C. public and charter schools.

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Friends Community School in College Park for a workshop in creating puppets from recycled materials later this week. Later in the spring we will be offering the same workshop, along with the opportunity to write and perform a show with their newly-created puppets, to students at Inspired Teaching Public Charter School and School Within a School at Logan Annex. These workshops will give us the opportunity to share our love of puppetry with several different age groups and encourage students to express themselves creatively through art.

Our work on The Amazing and Marvelous Cabinets of Kismet is continuing at a break-neck pace! Each week we are creating new puppet characters, as well as meeting with designers and our production team to talk about the environment and storyboard of the show. In January, we are looking forward to holding auditions for our puppeteers–we hope to add even more people who are passionate about puppetry and storytelling to our team. Check this page often for more updates and photos of our work!