Advanced Puppetry

3 Things To Avoid In Your Puppet Presentations – Part 2

The last post talked about the first of three things to avoid during your puppet presentation. This one covers the second and third. Ventriloquist PuppetsA ventriloquist is someone who speaks without moving his lips to give the illusion that the voice is coming from somewhere else. A ventriloquist puppet is one that doesn’t move his […]

3 Things To Avoid In Your Puppet Presentations – Part 1

To have a quality puppet presentation, there are many things you should do; proper entrances and exits, good lip synchronization, maintain good eye contact, and others. There are also some things you should try to avoid. This post presents the first of three of them. The Dreaded Quicksand PatchesWe recently began training some new puppeteers […]

Working 2 Arm Rods at a Time?

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned the importance of developing the skill of using 2 rods at a time. With this post, I’ll cover how to do it. Using two rods at once is not a difficult skill to learn, but does take time and practice to accomplish properly. In this article, I’ll walk […]

The Top 10 Things to Work On When Developing Puppet Skills – Part 5

The last 2 posts have been about my Top Ten List of things to work on to develop your puppet skills. Today we look at numbers 9 and 10. Number 9: Moving Around the StageMost plays don’t require a lot of movement once the puppets are up; they can just stand in one place. But […]

The Top 10 Things To Work On When Developing Puppet Skills -Part 4

The last 2 posts have been about my Top Ten List of things to work on to develop your puppet skills. Today we look at numbers 7 and 8. Number 7: Develop Motions with One ArmPuppet arms are designed to hang naturally, so if you don’t use them they still look ok. That allows beginning […]

Top 10 Things To Work On When Developing Puppet Skills-Part 3

The last 2 posts have been about my Top Ten List of things to work on to develop your puppet skills. Today we look at numbers 5 and 6. Number 5: Proper Puppet Positioning and Eye ContactWhen puppets are talking together, they should face each other, not the audience. I’ve seen entire plays where two […]

The Top 10 Things To Work When Developing Puppet Skills – Part 2

The last post started my Top Ten List of things to work on to develop your puppet skills and covered the first two. This post continues the list. Number 3: Proper Lip SynchronizationIf the mouth movement is off from the words, it’s distracting and makes it difficult to concentrate on the message. The basic rule […]

Can You Make Your Puppet Sit?

In one of the plays we used to do, the prophet Samuel sits on a stool while waiting for David to arrive. So the question came up, “How do I make a puppet sit down?” After all, they don’t have legs and the audience doesn’t see the stool. How do you convince the audience that […]

Puppets Can Kazoo, Can You?

The last post talked about using a kazoo during a recorded play. Since it worked so well, we began to experiment on how else we could use the kazoo. I began to wonder if a live puppet could actually play a kazoo. We have a human arm style dog puppet used for adlibs and decided […]

How Can I Use Two Puppets at Once? Part 3

Using two puppets at once during a song is one thing, but what about when doing a play? Sometimes you may find yourself in a position where a puppeteer has to do two puppets during a play. It’s not the ideal, but it can be done successfully. Here are some tips: If possible, choose the […]

How Can I Use Two Puppets at Once? Part 2

Using two puppets during a song is not too difficult since they are both singing the same words. But what happens if each puppet has a different part or you are doing a play with two puppets? Here’s some ideas. Practice, practice, practice. At Christmas time, my wife and I did a song with a […]

How Can I Use Two Puppets at Once?

When we do a song in our Junior Church program, I like to have as many puppets up as possible for a bigger effect. In our current theater, we can have up to ten puppets onstage at once. The thing is, we only have six members on our team. To have ten puppets up, some […]

Attach Both Rods to Your Puppet Even if You Only Know How to Work One

Puppets arms are designed to hang naturally, so you can perform without using the arm rods and it will look fine. Using a few arm gestures does add to the presentation as long as you don’t overdo it. Beginning puppeteers can do some basic one arm movements (scratch head, rub chin, point, etc.) but it […]

A Common Mistake to Avoid

I’ve had the privilege of observing many puppet teams over the years as a judge for a Teen’s Involved program. In this post, I’d like to talk about a common mistake I’ve seen over and over. The mistake involves using rod arm puppets where the puppet’s arm is held out during most of the program. […]

Importance of Concentrating on Your Puppet

Between watching the puppeteers on my team and judging at a teen puppetry event for several years now, I’ve seen a lot of puppets in action—some good and some not so good. In watching the differences, I’ve asked myself the question, “What makes the difference between a quality puppeteer and an average or even poor […]