Hello readers and fellow puppet enthusiasts! We’ve had a long silence here on the blog, but only because so much has been happening elsewhere. We have some new things coming up in the new year, too, but I thought a quick recap might be in order first. I’ll do my best to put down the puppets and update you on some upcoming events, as well.
I’ve had the pleasure of spending much of my time with these fun characters! In October, I began a contract with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) as a puppeteer for their Kids on the Block troupe. We perform educational scripts in elementary schools in and around Peterborough, Ontario about mental and physical health. For more information about these shows, and to invite us to your school, please visit the CMHA Peterborough website.
Also in October, I had the pleasure of facilitating a workshop for the lovely volunteer announcers and hosts at Canoe FM in Haliburton. Turns out puppets and puppeteering are a great way to hone interviewing skills, while having fun at the same time, of course 😉
In addition to my puppeteering hat, I’ve been coordinating two community art projects in North Hastings, Ontario. The North Hastings Community Hand Bell Choir (funded by the New Horizons for Seniors grant) have been practicing their new musical skills and are now accepting invitations to perform for community groups and events. They recently had their first performance at the Riverstone Retirement Home in Bancroft, and received rave reviews. The hand bells really do sound amazing, and make for a fun, interactive and unique performance!
My second coordination project is a community arts project funded by the Ontario Arts Council called “Celebrating Creative Connections”. Participants are now enjoying a series of workshops called “Mural Painting and Papier Mache for Theatre”, facilitated by North Hastings artist, Ketha Newman. The masks, props, costumes and murals they create will be used by the dancers in the final project, a music video. It’s incredible seeing this great vision coming together!
I just got back from attending an amazing workshop in Toronto by PYE Global called Creative Facilitation 1 and 2. What an inspiring and energizing couple weekends! I can’t wait to apply some of these engaging activities and techniques in my own workshops with children, youth and adults.
It’s been a great couple months, but there are many exciting things ahead as well. Don’t forget to follow Puppeteria on Facebook for more frequent updates. I may even attempt to get a Twitter account going in the near future (I told you great things were happening!)