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August - 2009
Clay & Paper:
Between Sea and Sky - PUPPETS UP 2009 - Fairyland in Oakland
Me and My Shadows - Bricoteer Workshop at Puppets Up - Jagdish Bhatt
New in the Store - Gift Certificates -Workshops Scheduled
Alexander's Automaton
Our New Rail Path

Hanuman Dances on a Banana!
(Open Door Designs does not accept responsibility
for any ensuing MONKEY BUSINESS...)

The Bricoteer Workshop at Open Door Designs.

Sign up for the Bricoteer Workshop at Puppets Up!

It is a particularly perfect workshop for educators and aspiring puppeteers. We teach you about construction AND about how to collaborate with others to create a show! All the tools you need! $60.00 More Info



An unlikely comedy with puppets, live music, and special appearances from a biologist, a babysitter, and some rock star pirates. Performed amongst the trees of beautiful Dufferin Grove Park, Between Sea & Sky is the story of a nautical journey across a wet pebble called Earth. As the great ship carrying half of humanity charges forth into uncharted waters, will its passengers choose to look forward or look back? Between Sea & Sky is a comedic allegory with somber implications; when push comes to shove, who will be left behind?
Evening performances will also feature a pre-show by our very own Cyclops: Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad . This newly-formed performance squad, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will be bringing theatre to cyclists and cyclists to the theatre over the next three years.

Dufferin Grove Park (Dufferin south of Bloor)
July 10 to August 9, 2009
Wednesday to Sunday @ 7:00 PM
Matinees Saturday & Sunday @ 2:30 PM
Matinees with American Sign Language interpretation:
July 29 to August 2 @ 2:30 PM
Matinees with Touch Tours and Integrated Descriptive Dialogue:
August 5 to 9 - Touch Tour @ 1:30, show @ 2:30 PM

$10 or Pay-What-You-Can

PUPPETS UP 2009 - August 8th & 9th
An international festival of puppets that each year attracts thousands of visitors to beautiful Almonte, in Mississippi Mills, Ontario, 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa. The third weekend of August, professional puppetry troupes descend on Almonte to amaze, amuse, and astound audiences with a wide range of exceptional performances for all ages. Shows are held in five main theatres set up along the historic main street beside the waterfalls of the Mississippi River. Street entertainment includes clowns, buskers, musicians, dancers, and daily puppet parades led by celebrity parade marshals. Come discover the arts in Almonte at Puppets Up!

Visit the PUPPETS UP! 2009 website. The line up this year is, as usual, very exciting with ten different troupes coming from across Canada, the U.S., Iceland and the UK.



Alexander Winfield performed Little Red Riding Bow at the Perth/Dupont Public Library
on July 23rd to the delight of all!



Fairyland’s Storybook Puppet Theater, the oldest continuously operating puppet theater in the United States. First parted the curtains in 1956, they’ve presented "hundreds of delightful and wondrous tales through the magic of puppetry".

The image is from a postcard from the 50's.


Me and My Shadows

OPEN DOOR DESIGNS recently had a fun visit from Susan Allen of Me and My Shadows, a general partnership owned and operated by Susan Allen and Susiawan, Me and My Shadows works in the field of learning through the arts and movement, and offers diverse performances and workshops in Javanese/ Balinese shadow puppetry, mask-making, integrated art, creative movement and yoga to engage all ages in creative, active, cultural expression and sharing.

Susiawan & Susan Allen









A couple of weeks ago I opened my email to find images and information about Jagish Bhatt. He has performed around the world. He would like to come and perform in Canada. Wouldn't it be wonderful to get him here? If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. For more information and copies of references he has sent me, email me.

Jagdish Bhatt is an original puppet maker and player from Rajasthan. His family is originated from a village called Basanimod, 150 km away from Jaipur. The puppet tradition in his family is transmitted from father to son so since his childhood (6-7 years old), Jagdish Bhatt was traveling with his father from, village to village doing puppet shows and learning by observing his father’s work. He can remember 7 generation of puppeteers in his own family but this tradition is probably even older than that. Jagdish Bhatt and his father Amra Bhatt were also engaged to use their art for social projects. In that way, in the 1960, Amra Bhatt was asked from the Governmental Office (Suchna Prasaran Mantrale) to use his puppets to make understandable to the people from village to village the main ideas of the family planning, to struggle against alcohol and drugs problems. Nowadays Jagdish Bhatt, engaged by big social companies, uses his skills to provide information to people from all parts of India , about AIDS, drugs and alcohol. He is engaged in a lot of health care programs.


March 2009

Kelly's next workshop will be on
Sunday, September 20th, 2009
at Open Door Designs.

Please email us to get on the list.

To Download the Workshop Description
Click Here

Call (416) 531-1290 for more information.


October 2009

Open Door Designs will be hosting a marionette building workshop with Alexander Mergold in October this year. If you are interested on getting on the Mailing List please email us.
New Marionnettes by Alexander Mergold - $55.00
The perfect retirement, shower or birthday gift.


Try out the new Railpath, it's great. A car-free connection between our neighbourhood and, at the moment, Parkdale and Roncesvalles. The Railpath will eventually run all the way from Cariboo Avenue, just north of the Dupont Street and Dundas West Street intersection in the Junction Neighbourhood, south to Strachan Avenue and King Street West, where it will connect with the Wellington Street bike lane.

More Information

Why should you be concerned?
Metrolinx and the Province of Ontario plan to run over 400 diesel trains a day through our neighbourhoods. Diesel exhaust is a known threat to human health, especially the health of children and seniors, and is linked to cancer and respiratory diseases. Diesel trains will spew fumes, create noise and divide our neighbourhoods. This plan will seriously impact our quality of life.