Flashback – USA, 2016
Australian kids entertainers Larrikin Puppets (based on sleepy Bribie Island – North of Brisbane in Queensland) spent three months in the USA for professional development in 2016. Much of this time was spent meeting Jim Henson puppeteers, and participating in some formal training.
In New York City, we attended casual puppetry workshops at The Puppet Kitchen with Michael Schupbach. There we met several other puppeteers – both independent performers and Henson stars from Sesame Street and The Muppets, as well as cast members of Broadway’s Avenue Q.
Brett participated in the intensive Beyond The Sock workshop at the University of North Texas under Jim Henson puppeteers Marty Robinson and Noel MacNeal, both involved in Sesame Street and The Muppets. Marty is known for being the performer of Telly Monster and Mr. Snuffleupagus, and Noel is known for his lead role as Bear from Bear In The Big Blue House.
We also spent a bit of time in Los Angeles with Jim Henson Company puppeteers Grant Baciocco and Russ Walko.
Left: Troggg in front of The Jim Henson Company (Hollywood, California). Top Right: Troggg in front of Kaufman Astoria Studios (Queens, NYC), where they film Sesame Street. Bottom Right: Frazzamatazz and Brett performing (in Denton, Texas) under the watchful eyes of Henson puppeteers Noel MacNeal and Marty Robinson during the ‘Beyond the Sock’ puppetry workshop.