Kids’ Puppeteer Workshop

Beginner Puppeteer Workshop for Kids

Learn the basic techniques that bring Muppet-style puppet characters to life in an interactive workshop led by Brett Hansen.

Larrikin Puppets runs beginner workshop programs for children. No previous puppetry experience needed. Students will get a chance to practice puppetry techniques using real puppets.

Brett School Puppetry Workshop

This is a beginner level class. No previous puppetry experience is required.

Here are some of the different options for workshops:

 

1 Hour Puppetry Workshop:
Location: We visit your venue (theatre, hall, school, studio, dance school)
Cost: $400.
Minimum 5 students. Better value to have 10 or more. 30-40 is the ideal class number.
If 5-10 students, Brett will teach only.
If over 10 students, Elissa will assist.

 

45 Minute Puppetry Workshop:
Location: We visit your venue (theatre, hall, school, studio, dance school)
Cost: $350.
Minimum 5 students. Better value to have 10 or more. 30-40 is the ideal class number.
If 5-10 students, Brett will teach only.
If over 10 students, Elissa will assist.

 

Inclusions in the shorter puppeteer workshops:
– 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-up of the puppet stage, props, puppets, sound equipment and camera/monitor equipment.

 

1 Day Workshop:
$60 per student.
10am – 3pm.
With 30 minute lunch break 12:00 – 12:30pm.
15 minute afternoon tea break 1:45 – 2:00pm.
BYO lunch and afternoon tea. Cost doesn’t factor in meals being provided.
Performance puppetry for live theatre.
Minimum 5 students.
If 5-10 students, Brett will teach only.
If over 10 students, Elissa will assist.

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2 Day Workshop:
$100 per student for a 2 day workshop.
10am – 4pm both days.
With 30 minute lunch break 12:00 – 12:30pm each day.
15 minute afternoon tea break 1:45 – 2:00pm each day.
BYO lunch and afternoon tea. Cost doesn’t factor in meals being provided.
Day 1: Performance puppetry for live theatre.
Day 2: Monitor puppetry for film & TV.
Minimum 5 students.
If 5-10 students, Brett will teach only.
If over 10 students, Elissa will assist.

 

In this course we will be covering:

– Basic puppetry skills – Exploring range of movements from puppet and puppeteer, stance, eye focus, lip sync, breathing, puppet vibrato, walking, hearing and rod manipulation.

– Proper entrances, proper height, left and right handed skills, moderate arm rod manipulation (one arm, two arms), puppet assisting (two puppeteers working one puppet).

– Character building, Voice acting and Working with scripts.

– Character building on the spot – Improvised scenes.

– Television monitor technique (as used in Sesame Street & The Muppets) – Only for the two day workshops.

Monitor Puppetry

– Working with human actors (puppet/actor interactions).

 

Why learn puppetry?

  • Build confidence

  • Improve communication

  • Make people laugh

  • Learn the skill behind the magic of Sesame Street and The Muppets

  • Expand your drama/theatre portfolio

  • Have fun!

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