Behind the Scenes at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Perhaps you’ve been to the Center for Puppetry Arts and enjoyed a show, but have you ever thought about the amount of work required to put that show together? We went backstage to visit the folks in the puppet shop as well as the puppeteers to see what’s involved.

The first decision to make is what size the puppets will be. “The biggest one ever built here was 16 feet” puppet builder Jason von Hinezmeyer told us. “Marionettes are a little more difficult to make than some other kinds of puppets because there’s nothing between the performer and the puppet except some string so the puppets have to be made pretty well or they’re just not going to work at all.”

Emily Pape told us that a good puppet builder needs a variety of skills — “everything from carpentry, wood carving, sewing as well as painting. The biggest thrill is watching them as they are assembled. They start to come together and you can see the personality of the puppet start to emerge even before the puppeteers get their hands on it”.


The Center for Puppetry Arts

www.puppet.org

Latest News from WABE 90.1 FM

After Rejecting Bailout Plan, Greece's Economic Future Is 'Invisible'

After Rejecting Bailout Plan, Greece's Economic Future Is 'Invisible'

The Greek word for no is oxi, and across Athens and the Greek Islands on Sunday, it was on posters, spray-painted on...

Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

If you've been following the Greek financial crisis, you've certainly seen this old cliche in the headlines.In USA...

From Early Failures To New 'Trainwreck,' Judd Apatow Gets Serious

From Early Failures To New 'Trainwreck,' Judd Apatow Gets Serious

It's a bit of an understatement to call Judd Apatow busy.His new book, Sick in the Head, a 500-page collection of...

Pain Prescription.jpg