Larrikin Puppets perform a puppet show for schools that can be both educational and very entertaining for students and teachers alike!
Puppeteers Brett Hansen and Elissa Jenkins and their funny characters provide top quality entertainment and fun for schools in and around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
See below for full details on how you can treat the students to a special session of puppetry at school!
We offer two types of sessions for schools. The younger students in Prep and Grade 1 enjoy the puppet show, while the older students from Grade 2 onwards tend to prefer our hands-on (or hands-in) puppetry performance workshop. Here are details about both:
Option 1 – Puppet Show:
Our puppet show is a colourful and fun 30 minute variety show of songs, skits, jokes and games. The style of puppetry is like The Muppets and Sesame Street. It’s all interactive and live (rather than pre-recorded). Kids are encouraged to sing, dance and play along.
The show is followed by an additional 5 minute presentation where we demonstrate to the audience how all the different puppets in our show work. Then there’s a bit of a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity where the kids can then get their photo taken with “Troggg” the friendly blue monster and his little sister “Marina”. These shows can be performed either in the school hall, in a classroom or in the library.
Our general comedy puppet show always goes down a treat, but you can ask us in your enquiry if you’d like any educational material incorporated into the show. We have performed puppet shows themed around healthy eating, food allergies, Autism acceptance, friendship, anti bullying, World Environment Day and World Puppetry Day.
Total Duration: 45 minutes.
1-100 Students = $450 (for 100 students that works out to be $4.50 per student)
100-300 Students = $550 (for 300 students that works out to be $1.83 per student)
300-600 Students = $650 (for 600 students that works out to be $1.08 per student)
600 Students and over = $750 (for 1000 students that works out to be 75c per student)
- Two Puppeteers.
- 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, set-up and pack-up of the puppet stage, props, puppets and sound equipment.
- Rehearsal time prior to the event.
- Quality characters.
- Quality puppetry.
Option 2 – Puppetry Performance Workshop:
We also offer a 1 hour workshop where Elissa and Brett teach Muppet-style puppetry performance for beginners. We don’t teach the building/craft side. Just the performance side. We bring along 40 workshop puppets for students to practice with in the class. We teach lip sync, eye focus, walking, arm movement, character voices, etc. Puppetry is great for building confidence, improving communication and making people laugh. Students get an opportunity to come up on stage and demonstrate what they’ve learnt in the class.
The workshops usually begin with a short puppet show to demonstrate how the puppets look when performed.
Total Workshop Duration: 1 hour.
Workshop Cost: $500.
Note for schools:
Larrikin Puppets provide performances and workshops that are in line with the Australian primary school Design and Technologies 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.
Content on healthy eating and food allergies has been sourced from consultations with expert naturopath and nutritionist Lauren Stark BHSc from Naturally For You Health & Wellness.
Schools we’ve visited with our puppets include:
Acacia Ridge State School
Australian International School Hong Kong (Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Balmoral State High School
Baralaba State Primary School
Bardon State School
Belmont State School (Carindale)
Birkdale State School
Bribie Island State High School (Bongaree)
Brisbane Adventist College (Mansfield)
Brisbane Bayside State College (Wynnum)
Brisbane Central State School (Spring Hill)
Citipointe Christian College (Carindale)
Collingwood Park State School
Coolum Beach Christian College (Yandina Creek)
Eagleby South State School
Emmanuel College (Carrara)
Forest Lake State School
Geebung Special School
Gin Gin Primary School
Grand Avenue State School (Forest Lake)
Greenbank State School
Harristown State High School (Toowoomba)
Holland Park Nursery Road State Special School
Jindalee State School
Kilcoy State School
Kolan South State School (Bundaberg)
Mansfield State School
Maroochydore State School
Middle Park State School
Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School (Ormeau)
Nagoorin State School (Boyne Valley)
Norfolk Village State School (Ormeau)
Norris Road State School (Bracken Ridge)
Our Lady of the Angels School (Wavell Heights)
Pallara State School
Park Lake State School (Pacific Pines)
Payne Road State School (The Gap)
Redbank Plains State School
Redbank State School
Redlands District Special School (Thornlands)
Rivermount College (Yatala)
St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School (Goodna)
St Ita’s Primary School (Dutton Park)
St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School (Cornubia)
St. Brigid’s Primary School (Nerang)
St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Primary School (Daisy Hill)
St. John’s Anglican College (Forest Lake)
St. Margaret’s Anglican Girls School (Clayfield / Ascot)
St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School (Caboolture)
Talara Primary College (Currimundi)
The Gap State School
The Lakes College (North Lakes)
Tullawong State School (Caboolture)
Undurba State School (Murrumba Downs)
Wilston State School
Yeronga State School
See the article that 612 ABC Brisbane’s Spencer Howson wrote for Bmag about Brett Hansen and Larrikin Puppets here.