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Subplot: Memoirs of Chicago's Kungsholm Miniature Grand Opera Cover of Designing for the Puppet Theatre The Dick Myers Project
The Dick Myers Project
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For three decades the Kungsholm Miniature Grand Opera was a cultural gem in Chicago. After dinner at Frederick Chramer’s famous Scandinavian restaurant, patrons adjourned across the lobby to the plush 210 seat opera house to enjoy miniature but elaborate productions of such operas as La Bohème, Aida, La Traviata, and Madama Butterfly.

In 1967, Gary Jones joined the exclusive group of puppeteers who operated the unique rod puppets from beneath the slotted stage floor. He was the first, and only black puppeteer at the Miniature Grand Opera but his artistic talents were quickly recognized when he was invited to create the scenery for the opera’s new productions.

Here is his account of his adventures, the performers who worked “understage”, and the abrupt finale of the Kungsholm Miniature Grand Opera in 1971.

"a brilliant revelation of what life is like as a working puppeteer."
John Bell, Puppetry International

Author: Gary Jones
Total Pages: 138
ISBN: 978-0-921845-49-2

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."

Puppetry Journal
Author: Arlyn Coad
Total Pages: 124
Colour Photographs: Over 150
ISBN: 978-0-921845-46-1

With his unique rod puppets and memorable productions, Dick Myers was a highly respected puppeteer in the 1960s to 1980s. This full color book includes his biography, a detailed explanation of his mechanical designs, and the author’s adventures in restoring the puppets and faithfully remounting of two the original productions. Include all of the Myers' scripts: "Dick Whittington", "Cinderella", "Beauty and the Beast", and "Simple Simon."

"Every aspect of Seth Shaffer's meticulous research is documented in this handsomely crafted book..."
Puppetry Journal

Author: Seth Shaffer
Total Pages: 212
ISBN: 978-0-921845-45-4

Chicago's Unique Miniature Operas
Since 1935, Chicago has been the home of a unique form of miniature opera. Here is the story of these three companies and their entrepreneurs determination to create grand opera with puppets operated from below the stage floor. Illustrated with more than twenty historic B&W photographs and over 120 colour portraits of puppets from the three companies.

Author: Luman Coad
Total Pages: 142
ISBN: 978-0-921845-50-8

"...the first comprehensive history of Chicago's unique form of rod-puppet opera...rich in period illustrations and scores of contemporary puppet portraits."
John Bell, Puppetry International

"...a major contribution to the history of American puppetry ... with admirable and concise clarity."
Steve Abrams,
Puppetry Journal