Archive for March, 2010

Important “Little” Things Part 3

When putting on a puppet presentation, if you aren’t careful, it’s easy to overlook some simple things that add to the professionalism of the presentation. This is the third “little” thing in this series. When we train new puppeteers, we don’t rush to have them start working the arm rods. Their focus needs to be […]

Important “Little” Things Part 2

When putting on a puppet presentation, if you aren’t careful, it is easy to overlook some simple things that add to the professionalism of the presentation. Last post we looked at the puppet’s hair. This week we’ll focus on eye contact. When two puppets talk to each other, they should look at each other, not […]

Important “Little” Things

When putting on a puppet presentation, if you aren’t careful, it is easy to overlook some simple things that add to the professionalism of the presentation. The first one is the appearance of the puppet’s hair. I recently judged puppetry at a teen ministry competition and just about every team had puppets with messy hair. […]

Don’t Just Read the Script…Act it

I’ve had the privilege for eight to ten years now to judge puppetry at a teen competition. One of the rules of the event is that the plays have to be done from scripts, not pre-recorded. So I’ve seen a lot of scripts performed over the years. Each year a few teams stand out above […]

Add a Puppet Drummer to Your Repertoire

This past week, we introduced a puppet drummer to our Junior Church to accompany the songs we were doing. He went over great so I thought I’d share with you how we did it. To start with, we purchased a child sized drum set from Puppets from One Way Street and built a shelf for […]

Where Are Some Places Our Team Can Perform?

One great place to perform and promote your ministry at the same time is in a town parade. For several years, our team entered a float in the annual Memorial Day parade. For the theater we used a 16-20′ flatbed trailer donated and pulled by a contractor in our church. We used half inch plywood […]

Types of Introductions Part 3

The last two posts have focused on three of four types of introductions. This will finish the series by discussing the fourth type, an object lesson. Read over your play and determine the main point you want it to convey. Brainstorm possible objects you could use for your introduction that you can tie to that […]

Types of Introductions – Part 2

In the last post I talked about two types of introductions, using questions and telling a short story. This post will focus on a third, a direct start where you take a few moments to set the scene and start the play. As you do, though, try to find one thing to have the audience […]

Types of Introductions – Part 1

Before performing a play, it is a good idea to introduce it, but find a creative way to do it. The children/audience knows that a play is coming so you want to do something other than, “And now it’s time for a puppet play…” In this and the next couple of posts, I’ll describe four […]

The Importance of Working On Fundamentals

In our puppet practices, we incorporate time to work on puppetry fundamentals at the start and end of practice. In the beginning we work on fundamentals using the strong arm and at the end the weak arm. The three areas we focus on are: entrances and exits, lip synchronization, and arm rod movements. Without this […]

Outfitting Your Puppet

When you purchase a puppet, it usually comes with a shirt or outfit of some kind. That outfit will work for most of your plays, but some plays may call for a different type of outfit. We discovered early on that most of our puppets wear a size 2T shirt and knew there were places […]

The Value of A Practice Agenda

Over the years, I’ve conducted many puppet practices and have discovered the value of planning ahead. For some reason, even though I know it, I don’t always follow through. Case in point…I recently began a new puppet team with four sixth and seventh graders. These kids have a passion for puppets and are excited about […]

An Effective Way to Move Your Presentation from Entertainment to Ministry

Puppets are entertaining which is a major reason why they are so effective. You have to be careful you don’t focus so much on the entertainment factor, that you weaken the ministry factor. Also, without some direction, most people will watch a puppet show for the entertainment factor and not think about the message behind it. […]