Saturday, December 12, 2009

Puppet Show

This afternoon we were able to go on a trip to the Open Hand Theater in Syracuse, NY to see A Christmas Carol performed by The Puppet People. It was the culmination of the puppet making class that R9 took as part of our homeschool co-op this fall. We took the whole family and it was a very nice show.

The set which the puppeteers made themselves. The white window areas were for the shadow puppet scenes used while Scrooge was being shown his past, future, and present- at least some of the time.

The main characters were marionettes. This is one of the husband and wife pair that make up The Puppet People. He hand sculpts all the puppets which were really well done.

Each of the spirits were in part costumes made for the puppeteers to wear. This was the ghost of Christmas future which was made from a back pack frame.

There is a window for him to look through the fabric. The fingers were really creepy!

The shadow puppets! And wasn't Michelle kind enough to pose for Dan when she saw the camera poised?
Great performance! Great story! The kids were familiar with the story from hearing it told by us, from reading it in What Your 4th Grader Needs to Know, and by listening to the Jim Weisse audio CD. They were ready for the performance and we were not disappointed.

If you visit The Puppet People show portion of their website, you can see the other shows they have made and there are videos available. They are out of Schenectady, NY so anyone who is near by can check their schedule. Rather than send you to a link, I thought I'd give you a sneak peak here. I really think their work is very creative. See what you think!



And R9? She was completely taken with the entire thing! She had questions for them at the end and one of the things she was so excited about is that these two people have made a career out of their creativity. She loves to create and she loves to perform. In fact, she has announced that she wants to audition for next semester's play. I guess I really need to get a hold of that script...

I think she really enjoyed seeing all the puppets and how they were put together. Something tells me we will be seeing a lot more puppet creations and puppet scripts coming our way. She would be in absolute heaven if I sat her at the table with a big bowl of paper mache so she could keep her hands in it all. day. The rod puppet she made pictured below was made with a paper mache made from tacky glue and toilet paper. Can you even imagine???

I think I will work on an assignment involving the Civil War, puppets, costumes (think sewing!), and a puppet script (think writing practice!). Hmmmm....this could be very successful for Miss R9 and I bet she could wrangle some help out of her brothers. Stay tuned...

2 comments:

Tracey said...

Fabulous!

Anonymous said...

The gods tempt people for which they are most weak. Artificial Intelligence will create desire in people's minds for the following sins:::
1. Alcohol
2. Drugs
3. Preditory "earning"
4. Homosexuality
5. Gambling
6. Something for nothing/irresponsibility (xtianity)
7. Polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny (Islam)
Much like the other prophets Mohhamed (polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny) and Jesus (forgiveness/savior), the gods use me for temptation as well. In today's modern society they feel people are most weak for popular culture/sensationalism, and the clues date back to WorldWarII and Unit731:TSUSHOGO.
It has been discussed that, similar to the Matrix concept, the gods will offer a REAL "Second Coming of Christ", while the "fake" Second Coming will come at the end and follow New Testiment scripture and their xtian positioning. I may be that real Second Coming.
What I teach is the god's true way. It is what is expected of people, and only those who follow this truth will be eligible to ascend into heaven as children in a future life. They offered this event because the masses have just enough time to work on and fix their relationship with the gods and ascend, to move and grow past Planet Earth, before the obligatory xtian "consolation prize" of "1000 years with Jesus on Earth" begins.

Your job as a future mother is to learn the god's ways and to help your child understand despite the negative reinforcement and conditioning of today's society. Without consciousous parents the child will have no hope, and may even exaserbate their disfavor by becoming corrupted in today's environment.
Your ultimate goal is to fix your relationship wiith the gods and move on. You don't want to be comfortable here, and the changes in Western society in the last 100 years has achieved just that.
1000 years with Jesus is the consolation prize. Don't be deceived into thinking that is the goal.

The Prince of Darkness, battling the gods over the souls of the Damned.
It is the gods who have created this environment and led people into Damnation with temptation. The god's positioning proves they work to prevent people's understanding.
How often is xtian dogma wrong? Expect it is about the Lucifer issue as well.
The fallen god, fighting for justice for the disfavored, banished to Earth as the fallen angel?
I believe much as the Noah's Flood event, the end of the world will be initiated by revelry among the people. Revelry will be positioned to be sanctioned by the gods and led for "1000 years with Jesus on Earth".
In light of modern developments this can entail many pleasures:::Medicine "cures" aging, the "manufacture" of incredible beauty via cloning as sex slaves, free (synthetic) cocaine, etc.
Somewhere during the 1000 years the party will start to "die off", literally. Only those who maintain chaste, pure lifestyles will survive the 1000 years. They will be the candidates used to (re)colonize (the next) Planet Earth, condemned to relive the misery experienced by the peasantry during Planet Earth's history.
If this concept of Lucifer is true another role of this individual may be to initiate disfavor and temptation among this new population, the proverbial "apple" of this Garden of Eden. A crucial element in the history of any planet, he begins the process of deterioration and decay that leads civilizations to where Planet Earth remains today.

Only children go to heaven. By the time you hit puberty it is too late. This is charecteristic of the gods:::Once you realize what you have lost it is too late.
Now you are faced with a lifetime to work to prepare for your next chance. Too many will waste this time, getting stoned, "Hiking!", working, etc.