Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Puppetry Classes: Merlin Works and Geppetto Dreams, July - August

These opportunities popped up in the in-box:

Saturday, July 5 and following
Geppetto Dreams Puppet Company Offers Families Inexpensive Summer Puppet-Making Workshops (other courses for adults listed in "Read More" continuation below)

With summer now in full swing, Geppetto Dreams Puppet Theatre offers an inexpensive, twice-monthly family entertainment option to get the kids out of the house and into using their creative skills. On the first and third Sunday of each month, the puppet experts of Geppetto Dreams will host puppet-making workshops for Austin-area children and their families.

Beginning July 5th, Central Texas children will have an opportunity to learn puppetry and entertainment skills. The workshops are designed for different ages, with an emphasis on imagination and creativity.

Workshops include:
- Paper Puppets: ages 4 and up - price: $4 to $8
- Sock Puppets: ages 8 and up - price $6 to $10
- Trash Puppets: ages 8 and up - price $4 to $8
- Glove Puppets ages 6 and up - price $4 to $8
- Deco-Puppets ages 12 and up - price $9 to $18
- Trash Toys ages 5 and up - price $4 to $8

Prices are suggested donations, and parents or guardians must accompany their children. The workshops will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with expert workshop leaders who are leading professional puppet makers.

And in order to “give back to their community” of East Austin, workshops are free-of-charge to families living in the 78702 ZIP Code. However, space is limited, and reservations are suggested.
In addition, special workshops are also available - free-of-charge - to non-profit organizations serving children. Geppetto Dreams is located at 1715 East 7th Street, at the corner of E. 7th and Chicon. For more information and reservations - and to confirm age-specific workshop dates - call (512) 358-4632 or visit www.GeppettoDreams.com.

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Saturday July 11th 12pm - 3pm

Puppets mania is sweeping the nation and improvisers are catching the bug, too! In this 3 hour workshop we'll play with the basics of puppet manipulation (eye contact, breath, emotion, etc.), before we get into some improv games & scenes to explore how improvising with puppets can get you closer to PLAY and out of your head. A fun class to take, whether you're looking to expand your improv tool-belt with puppets, or just looking for a fun afternoon with puppets. $25

About the Teacher: Sara Farr is currently the sound improviser for Get Up, and has been performing with them for over 2 years. In addition to creating improved scorse for Get Up shows, she has scored "Cochise," "Ka-Baam," "Improvised Shakespeare," "Start Trekkin" and "Cops & Lawyers". She has improvised on stage with other improv troupes including "Haunted," "The Pom-Pom Sisterhood," "The Flying Theater Machine," "The Leading Brands" and "Wooden Nickel". Sara occasionally performs in "Maestro" - a short-form, elimination style improv show at The Hideout Theatre. In January 2009, she created the Puppet Improv Project and dedicated the year to focusing her improv around puppets.

Click for more information about Merlin Works.

Read more at AustinLivetheatre.com . . . .

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