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Staging the Puppet Show
Puppet Theatre: Production & Manipulation
A Manual of Hand Puppet Manipulation & More
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
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."
"Every puppeteer should own a copy and refer to it often for the clear and concise guidelines it offers."
, Puppetry Journal
Author: Miles Lee
Total pages: 244
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
Theatre of Hand Puppets
Movement for Period Plays
Exploring the Art of Puppet Theatre
"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
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
From his lengthy career as an award-winning professional puppeteer, Paul Vincent Davis offers sage and practical guidance in creating meaningful and memorable puppet theatre art.
Reaching behind today's often limited vision of puppet theatre, he explores the crafting of the characters, giving each a unique voice and movement.
Author: Paul Vincent Davis
Total Pages: 167
Richard Bradshaw's Guide to Shadow Puppets
Designing for the Puppet Theatre
Stevens' Course in Puppetry
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."
Shadow Puppetry Consultant, Puppeteers of America
Author: Richard Bradshaw
Arlyn Coad, co-founder and co-artistic director of Coad Canada Puppets, was a world-renowned puppet theatre designer. Before her untimely death, she detailed the skills and process she used in designing the company's award winning productions. Included are tips from her three decade career.
In her memory, the Arlyn Award for Outstanding Design in the Puppet Theatre was created. It is a world-wide search for truly outstanding puppet theatre productions. This book includes a photo retrospective of the productions and designers who have received the Arlyn Award and the Arlyn Certificate of Recognition which is presented to the entries remaining into the jury's final round of selection.
Proceeds from this book will be invested in the Arlyn Award Endowment Fund that provides the cash purse accompanying the Arlyn Award.
"Filled with practical and theoretical advice on every aspect of puppet theatre design, there is something in this book for both beginners and well-established professionals."
Author: Arlyn Coad
Total Pages: 124
Colour Photographs: Over 150
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
booklet. More than 180 line illustrations.
"It is a happy day this material is once again visible and available to nudge young
to find their own way of seeing and doing shows."
George Latshaw, Puppetry Journal
Author: Martin Stevens
Total Pages: 219