Basic 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 […]

Do You Make Use Of The Entire Stage?

Puppet stages come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but it seems that most puppeteers tend to gravitate to the front and don’t move around much. I’ve also seen times when puppets bunched together on one side of the theater and left the other side wide open. While some plays may call for puppets […]

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 […]

The Top 10 Things To Work When Developing Puppet Skills-Part 1

There are a number of Top 10 lists being created, so I thought I’d chime in with my own. In this and the next couple of posts, I’ll cover my Top Ten List of things to work on to develop your puppet skills. The list is written in the order the things occur, not in […]

Rod Arm Puppetry 101 (Part 3)

In this post, we’ll talk about some of the motions you can make using one rod at a time. There’s a whole host of them, but I’ll cover some of the basic ones. Point Things OutHave the puppet point things out, point in one direction or the other, up to the sky, or down to […]

Rod Arm Puppetry 101 (Part 2)

Beginning puppeteers should focus on mastering the basic skills before worrying about moving the puppet’s arms and hands. The reason is simple: if you have to concentrate on the puppet’s mouth to make sure you are doing it properly, it is easy to forget about the puppet’s arms. I’ve seen many puppet plays where a […]

Rod Arm Puppetry 101

Rod arm (or hand) puppets are designed so that their arms hang naturally and often come with some type of a wrist band and a metal rod. This allows you to move the hands and arms to give the puppet a more lifelike appearance. Arm rods open the door to making your puppet more lifelike, […]

7 Voice Altering Tips for Your Puppet Plays

When performing using a script, it’s a good idea to alter your voice a bit, especially if you’re performing before a group of people who know you. You don’t have to make a huge change, just enough so it sounds different. With the slightly different voice coming out of a puppet most people won’t know […]

How Consistent Are Your Characters?

We have a fairly large collection of plays to choose from, and included in that is a group of plays that use the same characters. The group includes one adult, five children, and a dog, but all the characters don’t appear in every play. When we had a traveling team, it didn’t really matter who […]

3 Tips for Beginning Puppeteers (and a Reminder for the Rest of Us)

In this post, I want to share three important fundamentals that if done properly will help your puppet look more lifelike. When people talk, they drop their lower jaw, so your puppet needs to do the same. To do that, you need to drop your thumb when talking with the puppet. The normal tendency is […]

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 […]