Sunday, May 3, 2009

Summer Puppet Program: Geppetto Dreams Seeking Kids (10 weeks, free of charge!)

Received from Ricki on May 1:

Geppetto Dreams Puppet Company is looking for 20 kids between 12 and 16 for their Stop Motion Puppet Program, “Ghost Stories.” The kids will be split into teams of five; each team will work on their own 2 minute short stop motion film based on the ghost story theme.

This program is designed to teach a full range of stop motion puppetry arts. Storyboarding, scripting, puppet design/construction, music, set design, filming and editing.

The project runs 10 weeks, starting June 11, the workshops will be held Wednesday/Thursday from 11am to 5pm.

The first week will be an orientation and brainstorming sessions the next six weeks will be devoted to production, puppet and stage design and construction, the final three weeks will be editing and DVD transfer. We intend to make sure that everyone gets a chance to work all aspects of their production.

The end of the program culminates with three showings of their films, which will be offered free to the public. The showings will be held at a local venue, preferably the Long Center , and each participant will receive a copy of their film.

It is our hope that this program will provide an artistic outlet for kids giving them a chance to try a variety of different art forms at one time. Drawing, sculpture, painting, and movement are all incorporated into the program. It also teaches them to work together as a team. All our programs are an exercise in the teamwork between director, stage techs, puppeteers, and puppets. As with a machine, all parts must work in unison in order to turn out the best product possible.

The educational benefits include writing, science, and math skills. Finally it provides all the participants with a deep sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when a project comes together and you take your bows in front of an applauding audience.

Thanks to extra funding from the city the program is provided free of charge to kids from or visting the Austin Community. Spaces are filling up fast so interested kids should write a short pitch (idea) for a two minute ghost movie and send it to by the deadline May 30th, 2009. If you have any questions please feel free to email us or call 512 358 4632.

Thanks for your time,

Ricki Vincent

Artistic Director

Geppetto Dreams Puppet Company

1715 E 7th st

Austin, TX 78702

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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