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 and Elissa Jenkins.

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

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

Here are some of the different options for workshops:

45 Minutes – 1 Hour Puppetry Workshop:
Location: We visit your venue (theatre, hall, school, studio, dance school).
Costs:
$500 (eg. Schools, Vacation Care, Libraries, Theatres).
$600 (eg. Public Festivals, Shopping Centres, Corporate).
Minimum 5 students. Better value to have 10 or more. 30-40 is the ideal class number.

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Inclusions in the shorter puppeteer workshop:
– 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. Better value to have 10 or more. 30-40 is the ideal class number.

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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. Better value to have 10 or more. 30-40 is the ideal class number.

 

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.

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– 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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