Sunday, March 18, 2012

Monsters and Voices and Workshops, Oh My!


PST is celebrating spring, and we invite you to try new things - like one of our workshops!

Build Your Own Monster Puppet!
Learn how to build your own
monster puppet from fur and foam!

Instructor: Jonathan Little (Little's Creatures)
Three sessions, April 3 - 17
Tuesday nights, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Cost: $175 + $30 materials fee
(PST members save 10%!)

Register Online!

Have you always wanted to make your own customized puppet? What about your own pet monster? Well, now you're in luck! This class will give you all of the skills you need to start building your very own puppets (monster or otherwise).

Class participants will be guided step by step through the process of making a moving-mouth puppet with rod-controlled arms, a style frequently used in television puppetry. You will be taught how to properly cut faux fur, how to hide and minimize the appearance of seams, how to create posable hands, and much, much more. In addition to learning how to build the puppet, participants will be introduced to the materials generally used in puppet design, and the common tools every puppet maker needs. Everyone in the class will be expected to sew, use hot glue, and use basic hand tools. Prior building experience is not necessary.

Find out more about Little's Creatures and puppet building in this video!

Fundamentals of Silly Voices
A fun, creative vocal technique class
for actors and puppeteers

Instructor: Brenda Huggins
Four sessions, May 7 - 28
Monday nights, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Cost: $95 (PST members save 10%!)

Register Online!

Puppeteers are known for their vocal versatility. Want to learn their secrets? Whether you're a singer or actor, comedian or magician, a politician or a puppeteer, this foundational skills class will give you everything you need for excellent and creative vocal performance.

Students will explore their own vocal range while learning techniques for proper breath support, projection, and good vocal health. The class will cover the basics of vocal techniques and philosophies such as Linklater, Laban, Alexander, and Bel Canto. Building from these core ideas, the class will then explore connections between voice, character, and storytelling. Puppetry performance exercises, such as discovering voices in found objects and voicing multiple puppet characters in one scene, will be incorporated throughout the class. Participants will be encouraged to learn from each other while practicing their newly-acquired skills in a fun, safe, and supportive environment.

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