Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Presidents' Day

What better way to celebrate President's Day than with finger puppets?  

We found this great kids' activity at  

What you'll need:
-Blue and black construction paper
-Cellophane tape
-Lincoln-head penny
-Washington-head quarter

How to make it:
  1. Cut two three-inch squares, one from each of the construction sheet colors.
  2. Roll each square into a tube that will slip over your finger.  Secure the roll with tape.
  3. To make the Lincoln puppet, tape the penny to the black paper tube at roughly an inch below the top.
  4. Cut a thin rectangle from the black paper for the hat brim.  Tape the brim along the top of the head.
  5. To make the Washington puppet, tape the quarter to the top of the blue paper tube.
  6. Cut a one and a half inch square from the blue paper for the hat.
  7. fold the square in half, corner to corner, making a triangle.
  8. Cut a slit out of the center fold of the square to make an opening.  Once again fold the square in half, this time folding the opposite corner to corner, making a triangle.
  9. Slip the hat over the top of the tube finger puppet.
  10. Tape both halves of the triangle together.
Dress them up by adding details to the puppets using collage materials.  You might want to add a gold sequin medallion to Washington's hat, for example, and some white doily paper to the chin for a lace collar.  For Lincoln, try adding a shirt collar made from white paper, and some buttons.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Critters & Creatures video

For footage of Larry Hunt's performance of Critters & Creatures, please enjoy this sample of shows presented at Puppet Showplace Theatre.  Critters is the last show on the video.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Larry Hunt of Masque Theatre at PST 2/16 & 2/17

The Puppet Showplace welcomes Larry Hunt of Masque Theatre as part of our Winter School Vacation Week lineup, with performances of Hunt's Critters & Creatures on Monday, February 16th and Tuesday, February 17th. Shows are at 1pm and 3pm both days.

For more information about the show, visit our Family Show calendar on the Puppet Showplace website.

Tickets are still available, though performances often sell out in advance. Tickets can be purchased in person at our box office, over the phone by calling (617) 731-6400, or through our online ticket service.

To learn more about Larry Hunt and his background as a maskmaker and performer, click to watch the video below.