Practical Puppetry


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Practical Puppetry
A Threadbare Theatre Guide
By Mark Burrows
68 pages

Creative, practical and full of unique ways to bring fun and learning into the classroom. There are directions for making more than a dozen puppets, ideas for puppet stages and five scripts. And because puppetry is less about the puppets and more about the puppeteer, you'll learn how to manipulate your puppet, find its voices and use it to teach music concepts. Mark even shares his Top-Ten Mistakes so that you can be spared the same fate.

Children love puppets and if they love it, they'll learn it. Thanks to Practical Puppetry, you can bring that learning into your classroom and be good to the environment at the same time - found objects make up more than 90% of the materials used to make these puppets.


Part One: The What, Why and How

  • Welcome to Threadbare Theatre
  • Puppetry in the Music Room
  • My Top Ten Mistakes
  • Getting a Handle on Puppet Manipulation
  • Helping Your Puppet Find Its Voice
  • Puppetry Watch

Part Two: Scripts

  • Developing Your Puppetry Script
  • Night of the Jampire
  • Food Friends
  • The Ant and the Grasshopper
  • Wendell and Lorraine: Promise
  • Wendell and Lorraine: Celebrate

Part Three: Making Puppets and Stages

  • Threadbare Theatre List of Stuff
  • The "No Hand Turkey" Policy
  • Tennis Ball Puppets
  • Pull-Tab Eye Puppets
  • Torn-Paper Stick Puppets
  • Telephone-Wire Finger Puppets
  • Cardboard-Tube Dragon Puppet
  • Hand Shadows
  • Shadow Puppets
  • Rod Puppets
  • PVC Marionettes
  • Found Object Puppets
  • Plastic Bottle Bunraku
  • Additional Threadbare Friends
  • Puppet Stages


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