Category Archives: Local Puppetry News

Puppets & Booze Slam

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.

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National Day of Puppetry

Howdy!
On Saturday, April 26, the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild hosted a day of pancakes, puppet shows, and workshops in celebration of National Day of Puppetry at Happen, Inc in Northside.

Christine Langford performed an extremely interactive and completely entertaining shadow puppet show to kick off the morning. Following Christine’s performance, Terrence Burke hosted a workshop next door on the topic of “creating silly voices.”

Up next, Ryan Moore performed a short variety set featuring a gassy rendition of Let it Go and a puppet doing a puppet show. Afterwards, Christine Langford provided a workshop on shadow puppetry at the Toy Lab.

The final performance of the day was given by Carly Varatta. She performed an original piece about a caterpillar’s transition into a butterfly.

Bill Yost did a walkaround demonstration of how a marionette works. Following the performances, Happen, Inc. provided materials for the audience to make their own sock puppets.

The CAPG would like to thank everyone who helped made this possible, including Happen, Inc. and all of the parents and children who showed up.

“The most sophisticated people I know–inside, they are all children.”
-Jim Henson

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Happen, Inc. Easter Party

Last Saturday members of the CAPG provided walk-around puppetry for Happen, Inc.’s Easter celebration in Northside. Puppeteers Terrence Burke, Jessie Mooney-Bullock, and Ryan Moore spent the afternoon entertaining children and their parents as they relaxed in the gorgeous weather, eating and hunting Easter eggs. Happen, Inc. has been a great asset to the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild by allowing us to use their facility as a venue for our National Day of Puppetry celebrations. Be sure to come out this Saturday and have a day of puppets and pancakes with us! 20140421-103832.jpg

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UPDATE on Madcap Puppets press conference

From John Lewandowski, Artistic Director/Executive Director of Madcap Productions:

We would like to invite you to join us at a Press Conference with Mayor John Cranley on:
Thursday the 13th of March at 9:30AM at the Madcap Center located at 3054 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45211.
The Mayor will announce his support for the new Madcap Center and this unique public/private partnership that will anchor the revitalization of the Historic Westwood Business District. Please join us in this celebration.

 

Congratulations to Madcap Puppets!

Mayor John Cranley announced during last week’s City Council meeting that Madcap Puppets will be receiving $500K from the City of Cincinnati for the capital costs associated with the new Madcap Center building.

Mayor Cranley  will be holding a press conference on Tuesday the 25th at 9:30AM in front of the new Madcap Center (3054 Harrison Ave) to announce the City’s support for Westwood and Madcap Productions.
UPDATE:
Due to urgent business the press conference with Mayor Cranley of Cincinnati has been postponed to Tuesday the 4th of March.  
This is fantastic news for our pals at Madcap, and for puppetry in Cincinnati!

Here is a video created by Madcap Puppets about their move to the Westwood neighborhood: