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Black Theatre
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Staging the Puppet Show
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Black Theatre is a staging technique where the puppets are held in a "curtain of light." The advantage of Black Theatre is the puppets are no longer bound to the stage floor - they can move in the vertical as well as horizontal planes, and they can appear or vanish with ease. This technique is well explained and clearly illustrated. Topics include: What is Black Light? Light-the Basis of Black Theatre, Backdrop and Manipulators' Costume, Stage, Scrim, Scenery, Puppets, and Manipulation.

Authors: Arlyn & Luman Coad, Coad Canada Puppets
Total Pages: 16
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-02-7
Drawing on years of the author's years of experience as an art teacher, stage designer, creator of innovative adult marionette productions, and columnist for a theatrical magazine, this book is intended to vitalize the puppet theatre's aesthetics, scenery, production techniques, lighting, and stage design. It is a clear and concise exploration of some of the possibilities which are oft-neglected in puppet theatre.
 
"Clear, concise presentation of the many conceptual possibilities of design." Paul Eide, Puppetry Journal
 
Author: Jero Magon
Total Pages: 160
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-12-6
A step-by-step guide from the original idea through design and rehearsal to performance. This book is based on a workthrough the Coads presented at the 1985 National Festival of the Puppeteers of America. Topics include: the Creative Urge, Getting It on Paper, Mounting the Production, Finding the Audience, Performance Day, and the Professional Attitude.
"An A+ trip-tic...to reach a polished performance." George Latshaw, Puppetry Journal
Authors: Arlyn & Luman Coad, Coad Canada Puppets
Total pages: 66
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-08-9
Theatre of Hand Puppets
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A gold mine of information which cannot be found in other books on puppetry. The author discusses the theory of puppets, the artistic and educational uses of puppetry, movement & grouping, uses and plotting of lighting, puppet speech, acting, and voice differentiation. The original 1950's book is augumented with a biography of the author and a feature on his theatre in Edinburgh.
 
"One of the puppet classics." Ray daSilva, Animations
"Every puppeteer should own a copy and refer to it often for the clear and concise guidelines it offers."
George Latshaw, Puppetry Journal
 
Author: Miles Lee
Total pages: 244
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-13-3
Although many books on crafting hand puppets are available, little has been published about performing skills. This valuable book is filled with exercises, scripts, and gentle insights.
 
"...well worth reading and re-reading. Its combination of wisdom, wit, brevity and detail are extraordinary."
Michael R. Malkin, Puppetry Journal
 
Author: Lettie Connell Schubert
Total pages: 248
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-25.6
"Theatre of Hand Puppets" is more than instructions for making hand puppets. It is about creating puppet theatre which engages the emotions and intellect of audiences.

Drawing on his fifty-plus years as a full-time, professional puppeteer, Luman Coad, co-founder with his late wife Arlyn of Coad Canada Puppets, explains the principles and process they used for their award-winning work. The book has two goals: to pass on the hard-earned knowledge, and to challenge puppeteers to create great theatre.

Author:  Luman Coad
Total Pages: 101
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-39-3
Movement for Period Plays
Our Price: $25.00
Drawing on her extensive background as a mime, dancer, choreographer, director, and teacher, Bari Rolfe examines how stage movement should be tailored to suit the period of the play. As well as examining the times, the clothing, the customs and manners of historical eras from the Greeks to the Edwardians, the author discusses how people greeted one another and their dances. Exercises are suggested for developing confidence in each era as well as for developing characterizations to suit the period of the play.
Author: Bari Rolfe
Total Pages: 213
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-40-9
Richard Bradshaw, the world's leading shadow puppeteer, details how he conceives, designs, and constructs rod-operated silhouette figures, Included are examples of transformation figures, tips on finding simple solutions to complex ideas, creating the screen, selecting the light source, and building the stage frame, As well, Richard offers expert advice on putting together the production. This long-awaited book will be the go-to reference as you explore the realm of shadow puppetry.

"...like you are getting a private workshop."
Wendy Morton
Shadow Puppetry Consultant, Puppeteers of America

Author: Richard Bradshaw
Total Pages:204
ISBN: 978-0-921845-43-0

PUBLICATION DATE: 15 October, 2015
Originally published as a twenty session correspondence course by a founder of the Puppeteers of America, this well-written step-by-step guide is timeless and covers the entire process of conceiving, writing, designing, construction, rehearsing, and promoting a marionette or hand puppet production. The entire original text and illustrations are augmented with later revisions as well as some of the Lesson 20's which were written to address each student's questions. Includes a reprint of a 1947 Popular Mechanics booklet. More than 180 line illustrations.
 
"It is a happy day this material is once again visible and available to nudge young
puppeteers to find their own way of seeing and doing shows."
George Latshaw, Puppetry Journal
 
Author: Martin Stevens
Total Pages: 219
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-16-4