Larrikin Puppets at Stella’s 2nd Birthday Party in North Lakes

Brett will be performing a puppet show for Stella’s 2nd Birthday Party on Saturday 16th of March in North Lakes.

If you’re looking for unique 2nd birthday party ideas, you can’t go past a fun and exciting kids party puppet show from Larrikin Puppets!

Brett Hansen and his troupe of friendly and funny puppet characters provide some of the best party entertainment Brisbane has to offer! Heaps of fun for children and parents in and around Brisbane, the Moreton Bay Region, the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan and Gold Coast. See below for full details on how your child’s 2nd birthday party can be made extra special and memorable with puppets!

2nd Birthday Party Puppet Shows:

With plenty of humour for the parents to enjoy too, the puppet show is 30 minutes of age appropriate songs, games, jokes, skits and comical interaction with the audience – performed in the puppetry style of Sesame Street and The Muppets. 

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This is followed by a 5 minute presentation after the show where Brett explains how all the puppets work. Then a 5-10 minute meet-and-greet with Troggg the blue monster – the star of the show. Kids (and parents too!) often like to get photos and selfies with him during this time. The puppet show, the “how the puppets work” demonstration, and the meet-and-greet and photo session all lasts up to 45 minutes in total.

Number of puppeteers: 1

Access to power: Ideal but not required. A small battery powered amp with one microphone input can be used for the 1 puppeteer show if it’s performed in a council park with no access to power.

Venues: This show can be performed in back yards, front yards, garages, lounge rooms, council parks, restaurants, halls, clubs, pubs and play centres.

Party Entertainers, Childrens Entertainer | Puppet Show, Puppetry Workshops - Party Entertainment BrisbaneCost: $250.

We charge an initial 50% deposit to secure the booking (in this case it would be $125). This ensures that the agreed date/time is set aside for your event exclusively. Larrikin Puppets will turn away other work wanting the same date and time. And then the remaining 50% ($125) can be paid in cash on the day of the event, or via direct deposit afterwards. More on Payment Methods here: http://www.larrikinpuppets.com.au/faqs/what-are-your-payment-methods/

What's On 4 Kids Awards Best Party Entertainer FinalistLarrikin Puppets was a FINALIST in the ‘Best Party Entertainer’ category at the national What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2017.

 

 

 

 

Here’s a 3 minute video sample of a Larrikin Puppets birthday party puppet show!

On the day:

Party Entertainers, Childrens Entertainers | Puppet Show, Puppetry Workshops - Party Entertainment BrisbanePuppeteer arrives about 1 hour before the puppet show’s starting time to set up the stage, sound equipment, props and puppets. The show (as described above) is performed for 30 minutes, followed by the 5 minute “how the puppets work” demonstration and the 5-10 minute meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Troggg. The puppeteer then packs up.

 

Inclusions:

  • 30 minute puppet show.
  • 5 minute “How the puppets work” demonstration
  • 5-10 minute puppet meet-and-greet / Photo opportunity with Troggg.
  • Time allowance for travel to and from the event, set-up and pack-down of the puppet stage, props, puppets and sound equipment.
  • Rehearsal time prior to the event

Brett has a current blue card, and is fully insured, professional, and punctual.
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See Spencer Howson’s Bmag article about Brett Hansen and Larrikin Puppets here.

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Larrikin Puppets visit Little Diggers Early Learning Centre in Morayfield

Brett Hansen from Larrikin Puppets is heading off to Little Diggers Early Learning Centre in Morayfield to perform a colourful and fun puppet show for everyone!

 

Brett Hansen and Elissa Jenkins, along with their troupe of friendly and funny puppet characters provide top quality entertainment and fun for childcare and early learning centres all over Brisbane, Ipswich, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast!

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You can find out more about our colourful and exciting childcare puppet shows here:

Description:

We present a colourful and exciting puppet show for childcare / early learning centres, featuring zany Muppet-style characters performing age appropriate songs, skits, jokes, games and live interaction with the audience. The puppets encourage the audience to dance, sing and play along. Creative play is very important for the 0-5 year age groups. We then present a “How the puppets work” demonstration at the end.

Total duration:  45 minutes.

Educational content – such as sharing, kindness, exercise, looking after the environment and healthy eating – can also be requested in your booking enquiry. Educational shows require the two puppeteers. In most cases we are booked to perform our regular fun and exciting early learning centre puppet show which celebrates creative play!

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 Children's Entertainment, Children’s Entertainers, Party Entertainment For Hire | Puppet Show, Puppetry Workshops - Childcare Centres, Story TimeWe also offer Story Time with Larrikin Puppets at childcare centres / early learning centres, which is a segment where Elissa reads a children’s book by an Australian author, while Troggg, Frazzamatazz and friends play along and interact with the story. More details about our story time segment here.

 

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Inclusions:

  • 30 minute puppet show of songs, games, jokes and comical interaction with the audience.
  •  5 minute “How the puppets work” demonstration.
  •  5-10 minute puppet meet-and-greet / Photo opportunity with Troggg the blue monster.
  •  Time allowance for travel to and from, set-up and pack-up of the puppet stage, props, puppets and sound equipment.
  •  Rehearsal time prior to the event.
  •  Quality characters.
  •  Quality puppetry.

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Professional Development and Formal Training:
Brett and Elissa have completed three months of professional development in the USA, which included advanced, formal training with Jim Henson puppeteers from The Muppets and Sesame Street.
Blue Card and Insurance: 
Brett’s Blue Card number is 1161011/3, Elissa’s is 690261/3. We have public liability insurance through Duck For Cover Entertainers Insurance.

Enquire Now!

 

 

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Puppetry Workshop: Extra-Curricular Speech and Drama

With great delight, we have been visiting Citipointe Christian College Carindale annually to run our puppetry performance workshop as part of their Extra-Curricular Speech and Drama classes.

We teach the basic techniques that bring Muppet-style puppet characters to life in an interactive workshop.

Students get a chance to practice puppetry techniques using real puppets.

Citipointe Christian College Carindale

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This is a beginner level class. No previous puppetry experience is required. Our workshops range from 45 minutes to 1 hour.

If you would like to book a puppetry workshop as part of your Extra-Curricular Speech and Drama lessons at school, vacation care, libraries or theatres the cost is $500.

For public festivals, shopping centres or corporate workshops, the cost is $600.

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Inclusions:
– Introduction / Different types of puppetry.
– 10 minute puppet show demonstration.
– Show and Tell – How the different puppets work.
– Practical Workshop, teaching; Lip sync, Eye focus, Puppets talking to each other, Walking and running the puppets, Arm movements (waving, scratching, covering mouth, high fives, etc.), Emotions/Gestures without dialogue, Emotions/Gestures with dialogue, Assistant puppetry for arms, Assistant puppetry for right hand of ‘live hands’ puppets, Dancing to rhythms while lip syncing to vocals.
– Opportunity to perform and demonstrate to the class.
– Time allowance for travel to and from, set-up and pack-down of the puppet stage, props, puppets and sound equipment.

Enquire for Schools Now!

Larrikin Puppets at Maven’s 4th Birthday Party | Yeerongpilly

Troggg and his fluffy friends are heading to Maven’s 4th Birthday Party today in Yeerongpilly!

Birthday Party puppet shows have been part of the Larrikin Puppets menu of options since the beginning.

Book a puppet show for your birthday party today! Here’s how: http://www.larrikinpuppets.com.au/forkids-party-entertainment-brisbane/

One of the earliest puppet shows Brett Hansen performed was for his brother Dale’s birthday party. He made a puppet stage out of an old fridge box, curtains out of streamers, and a collection of puppet characters – Duck, Hippopotamus, Pig and Little Bird performed for the crowd.

Many years later, the first puppet show performed under the Larrikin Puppets business was for the 4th birthday party of Jacob in Bardon. One of the parents at that show subsequently booked Larrikin Puppets for her children’s birthday party in Paddington. Almost every other birthday party puppet show since has been booked via the booking enquiry form here on the Larrikin Puppets website.

Here’s what a few folks around South Bank Parklands thought about puppets when Troggg interviewed them way back in 2013:

You would be surprised how many kids named Charlie (boys and girls) have had birthday parties since this video of a Larrikin Puppets birthday show came out. Quite a few!

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Whether it’s for a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th birthday party (or even beyond that – we’ve done 40ths and 80ths!), puppet shows are great fun for birthdays.

Shoebox Theatre Company – Avenue Q | Larrikin Puppets

Flossy and Frazzamatazz had a fun night out at Shoebox Theatre Company’s excellent production of “Avenue Q” in Toowoomba.

 

We ran a pre-audition puppetry workshop in September 2018, and then we returned to Toowoomba in November for a revised workshop with the chosen cast, and assisting with specific scenes they might need help with.

 

 

 

The September workshop made it onto Seven News!

We love Avenue Q and have trained a few different casts. If you’d like some puppetry training, contact us here:

 

In the meantime, if you’re in or near Toowoomba, go and see Avenue Q at USQ Artsworx!

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Having trained a few casts of Avenue Q over the years we were delighted to teach some new people the skills required to bring this wonderful production to life with good puppetry.

I love Avenue Q. I first saw the show when an Australian and New Zealand touring production came to QPAC in 2010. I’ve seen the off-Broadway production in New York City twice (the second time we were lucky enough to be taken on a backstage tour to meet all the puppets and have a look at the sets up close).

In 2012 I auditioned for a role in the Brisbane Arts Theatre production of Avenue Q, and ended up being cast as co-puppeteer for Trekkie Monster and Nicky, as well as being the puppetry trainer for the whole puppeteer cast. My official title was ‘puppetry consultant’.

In 2014 I was asked to train a new Avenue Q cast at Brisbane Arts Theatre. New director, new cast, new production team.

In 2017 I trained the Sunnybank Theatre Group production of Avenue Q.

Now in 2019, this is Toowoomba’s first local production of Avenue Q with performances taking place in February.

Elissa and I had a great time attending the show at USQ Artsworx last Friday 8 February 2019.

– Brett.

 

 

 

Larrikin Puppets at Rise & Shine Kindergarten – Maroochydore / Buderim, Sunshine Coast

On Monday, 18 February 2019 we’re heading up to Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast to perform a fun puppet show at Rise & Shine Kindergarten – Maroochydore / Buderim.

If you’d like a puppet show at your Sunshine Coast childcare centre or kindergarten, visit us at http://www.larrikinpuppets.com.au/childcare-and-kindies/

Childcare and Kindy

Children's Entertainment, Children’s Entertainers, Party Entertainment For Hire | Puppet Show, Puppetry Workshops - Childcare Centres, Early Learning Centres, KindergartensWe always love performing on the Sunshine Coast. Past performances by Larrikin Puppets in the areas have included Maroochydore State School, Noosa Tewantin Playgroup, Tewantin Community Kindergarten, Little Characters Early Learning Centre in Woombye, the Teddy Bear Fair at Sunshine Coast Private Hospital in Buderim, the Kawana Waters Hotel in Buddina, Buderim Tavern, Noosa Reef Hotel, Cooroy Fusion Festival, Cooroy Library, Noosaville Library, AEIOU Early Learning Centre in Sippy Downs, the Tewantin-Noosa RSL, Guppy’s Early Learning Centres in Beerwah, birthday parties in Witta (Maleny), Kuluin, Palmwoods and more.

We’ve completed three months of professional development in the USA, which included performances and advanced training with Jim Henson puppeteers from The Muppets and Sesame Street.

We also perform in shopping centres, libraries, council festivals and schools all over South East Queensland and Central Queensland, and have performed puppetry on such children’s TV shows as Totally WildThe Bureau of Magical Things and Juiced TV.

If you’re a Sunshine Coast kindergarten or childcare centre, you might be interested to know that we present a colourful and exciting puppet show for childcare centres, featuring zany Muppet-style characters performing age appropriate songs, skits, jokes, games and live interaction with the audience. The puppets encourage the audience to dance, sing and play along. There’s also a “How the puppets work” demonstration at the end.

Brisbane Entertainment, Childrens Entertainer, School | Puppet Show, Story Time - Book WeekWe also offer our Story Time puppet show featuring a story book by one of three Australian children’s authors – read by Elissa with puppets demonstrating active listening and engagement, plus a story sing-along.

Total duration: 45 minutes.

Here’s a fun 30 second YouTube video showing all the excitement of our shows.

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Cost Options:
$450 – Two performers; Brett Hansen and Elissa Jenkins.
Same price for regular puppet show and Story Time puppet show.

$350 – One performer; Brett Hansen.
For those with a smaller budget we offer a simpler show with just one performer (myself) without the female characters.

Cost Covers:
– Two performers ($450) or One performer ($350).
– 30 minute puppet show of songs, games, jokes and comical interaction with the audience.
– 5 minute “How the puppets work” demonstration.
– 10 minute puppet meet-and-greet / Photo opportunity.
– Time allowance for travel to and from venue.
– Load in, set-up and pack-down of the puppet stage, props, puppets and sound equipment.
– Rehearsal time prior to the event.
– Quality characters.
– Quality puppetry.

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Our puppet stage is 2.5 metres wide, plus the two speakers – making our front of stage roughly 3 metres to 3.5 metres in total. We use about 1.5 to 2 metres behind the stage to set up our puppets, props, seat and ourselves for performing. We use one powerpoint.

Blue Card and Insurance: 
Brett’s Blue Card number is 1161011/3, Elissa’s is 690261/3. We have public liability insurance through Duck For Cover Entertainers Insurance.

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Larrikin Puppets at Tewantin Community Kindergarten C&K

On Friday, 15 February 2019 we’re heading up to Tewantin on the Sunshine Coast to perform a fun puppet show at Tewantin Community Kindergarten – part of C&K.

If you’d like a puppet show at your childcare centre or kindergarten, visit us at http://www.larrikinpuppets.com.au/childcare-and-kindies/

Childcare and Kindy

Children's Entertainment, Children’s Entertainers, Party Entertainment For Hire | Puppet Show, Puppetry Workshops - Childcare Centres, Early Learning Centres, KindergartensSince our formation in 2012, Larrikin Puppets has performed at many childcare and kindergarten centres including all Avenues and Guppy’s Early Learning Centres, a large number of C&K and Goodstart Early Learning Centres, and many other independent centres and kindys.

We’ve completed three months of professional development in the USA, which included performances and advanced training with Jim Henson puppeteers from The Muppets and Sesame Street.

We also perform in shopping centres, libraries, council festivals and schools all over South East Queensland and Central Queensland, and have performed puppetry on such children’s TV shows as Totally WildThe Bureau of Magical Things and Juiced TV.

We present a colourful and exciting puppet show for childcare centres, featuring zany Muppet-style characters performing age appropriate songs, skits, jokes, games and live interaction with the audience. The puppets encourage the audience to dance, sing and play along. There’s also a “How the puppets work” demonstration at the end.

Brisbane Entertainment, Childrens Entertainer, School | Puppet Show, Story Time - Book WeekWe also offer our Story Time puppet show featuring a story book by one of three Australian children’s authors – read by Elissa with puppets demonstrating active listening and engagement, plus a story sing-along. Please let us know if you’d like us to present our story time show.

Total duration: 45 minutes.

Here’s a fun 30 second YouTube video showing all the excitement of our shows.

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Cost Options:
$450 – Two performers; Brett Hansen and Elissa Jenkins.
Same price for regular puppet show and Story Time puppet show.

$350 – One performer; Brett Hansen.
For those with a smaller budget we offer a simpler show with just one performer (myself) without the female characters.

Cost Covers:
– Two performers ($450) or One performer ($350).
– 30 minute puppet show of songs, games, jokes and comical interaction with the audience.
– 5 minute “How the puppets work” demonstration.
– 10 minute puppet meet-and-greet / Photo opportunity.
– Time allowance for travel to and from venue.
– Load in, set-up and pack-down of the puppet stage, props, puppets and sound equipment.
– Rehearsal time prior to the event.
– Quality characters.
– Quality puppetry.

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Our puppet stage is 2.5 metres wide, plus the two speakers – making our front of stage roughly 3 metres to 3.5 metres in total. We use about 1.5 to 2 metres behind the stage to set up our puppets, props, seat and ourselves for performing. We use one powerpoint.

Blue Card and Insurance: 
Brett’s Blue Card number is 1161011/3, Elissa’s is 690261/3. We have public liability insurance through Duck For Cover Entertainers Insurance.

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Larrikin Puppets at Caba Happy Home Family Day Care

On Thursday, 7 February 2019 we’re heading down to Bogangar in Northern NSW to perform a fun puppet show at Caba Happy Home – part of the Northern Rivers Family Day Care scheme.

If you’d like a puppet show at your childcare centre or family day care, visit us at http://www.larrikinpuppets.com.au/childcare-and-kindies/

Childcare and Kindy

Since our formation in 2012, Larrikin Puppets has performed at many childcare centres and kindergartens including all Avenues and Guppy’s Early Learning Centres, a large number of C&K and Goodstart Early Learning Centres, and many other independent centres and kindys.
We’ve completed three months of professional development in the USA, which included performances and advanced training with Jim Henson puppeteers from The Muppets and Sesame Street.
We also perform in shopping centres, libraries, council festivals and schools all over South East Queensland and Central Queensland, and have performed puppetry on such children’s TV shows as Totally WildThe Bureau of Magical Things and Juiced TV.
We present a colourful and exciting puppet show for childcare centres, featuring zany Muppet-style characters performing age appropriate songs, skits, jokes, games and live interaction with the audience. The puppets encourage the audience to dance, sing and play along. There’s also a “How the puppets work” demonstration at the end.
Brisbane Entertainment, Childrens Entertainer, School | Puppet Show, Story Time - Book WeekWe also offer our Story Time puppet show featuring a story book by one of three Australian children’s authors – read by Elissa with puppets demonstrating active listening and engagement, plus a story sing-along. Please let us know if you’d like us to present our story time show.
Total duration: 45 minutes.
Here’s a fun 30 second YouTube video showing all the excitement of our shows.
Cost Options:
$450 – Two performers; Brett Hansen and Elissa Jenkins.
Same price for regular puppet show and Story Time puppet show.
$350 – One performer; Brett Hansen.
For those with a smaller budget we offer a simpler show with just one performer (myself) without the female characters.
Cost Covers:
– Two performers ($450) or One performer ($350).
– 30 minute puppet show of songs, games, jokes and comical interaction with the audience.
– 5 minute “How the puppets work” demonstration.
– 10 minute puppet meet-and-greet / Photo opportunity.
– Time allowance for travel to and from venue.
– Load in, set-up and pack-down of the puppet stage, props, puppets and sound equipment.
– Rehearsal time prior to the event.
– Quality characters.
– Quality puppetry.
Children's Entertainment, Children’s Entertainers, Party Entertainment For Hire | Puppet Show, Puppetry Workshops - Childcare Centres, Little Seeds Early Learning, Palm Beach
Our puppet stage is 2.5 metres wide, plus the two speakers – making our front of stage roughly 3 metres to 3.5 metres in total. We use about 1.5 to 2 metres behind the stage to set up our puppets, props, seat and ourselves for performing. We use one powerpoint.
Blue Card and Insurance: 
Brett’s Blue Card number is 1161011/3, Elissa’s is 690261/3. We have public liability insurance through Duck For Cover Entertainers Insurance.

 

 

 

School Incursions for Design and Technologies Curriculum

School IncursionsLarrikin Puppets is excited to announce its 2019 School Incursions program. Our new program includes performances and workshops that are in line with the Design and Technologies strands of the Australian Curriculum. As part of this curriculum students create a simple two dimensional design then learn about working parts and how to turn their design into a three dimensional puppet character.

 

Many schools (both public and private) around South East Queensland and Central Queensland have booked Larrikin Puppets to either perform our puppet show – which includes a segment on how the puppets work, or run our puppetry performance workshop – which is a hands on workshop teaching students the mechanisms of Muppet-style puppetry.

Quite a few schools booked these in 2018 as part of their Design and Technologies curriculum including schools from rural and regional areas.

In 2019, in addition to our exciting puppet shows and intriguing puppetry performance workshops, we’ve also launched a new sock puppet craft and performance workshop. There are two versions of this workshop; one for ages 5-8 and a more advanced version for ages 9 and over.

 

 

We find that the puppet show performances are more enjoyed by students in Prep and Grades 1 and 2 while the workshops tend to be enjoyed by students of all ages.

While an ideal fit, our school incursions are not restricted to the early primary Design and Technologies curriculum, with many schools booking our workshops for upper primary as well, particularly as a supportive and fun medium for storytelling, drama, theatre, comedy, music and singing. We also run the same programs for Vacation Care.

Explore more info on the Sock Puppet Making Craft Workshops and the Puppetry Performance Workshops.

If you have any questions please complete the Booking Enquiry Form or contact Elissa on 0418 786 986.

School Incursions