First of all, we want to thank everyone for coming out to the Southgate House Revival. We had such a great time hanging out with you. Puppet slams are great for puppeteers because they give us a chance to try new things with our art. We had many setbacks during the planning and implementation of our show but everything worked out in the end–and YOU came!
Our original emcee, Nate Brown, was unable to make it due to unforeseen circumstances. Guild President Linda Mason graciously stepped in to replace him and led us through a wonderfully hectic evening. The first half of the slam contained performances by Linda Mason, Michelle Robertson (with Jaime and Jenn), and our new Mime friends, Cincinnati Troupe du Jour led by Erin Butusov.
Meanwhile, there was a major car accident on the Brent Spence Bridge that held up performer Terrence Burke as he attempted to juggle the slam with another show in Lexington, KY. We decided that an intermission would be a great chance to regroup and shuffle our performers’ positions in the lineup.
After the intermission, Christine Langford performed a beautiful shadow puppetry piece. Ryan Moore continued the evening with an Elvis Presley puppetry piece. Finally, as if carried in on the wings of angels, Terrence Burke arrived just in time to debut an act by The Dolly Wankers (with the help of Michelle Robertson filling in for Terrence’s wife, Lara) entitled, “Punk and Judi,” followed by an appearance by Wump Mucket Puppets. Linda Mason concluded the evening with a marionette piece, “Is That All There Is?”
We would like to thank all of the performers for making this slam happen. Thanks to James Howes for videotaping the event. We would also like to express our gratitude to the Southgate House Revival and we look forward to bringing more slams to Newport in the future.
A video of the evening’s performances will be added to this soon so check back often.