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APRIL - 2009
Kelly Kirkham Papier Mache WorkshopWhat's new in the StorePuppets Up 2009

CAVALCADE OF CLOWNS!!
NOW IN THE WINDOW
(Open Door Designs does not accept responsibility for any ensuing nightmares...)


KELLY KIRKHAM Papier Mâché Workshop
On March 22nd a group of librarians and daycare workers spent the day making puppets with Kelly Kirkham of Kirkham Puppets. In the morning Kelly taught her technique of papier mâché construction so that each participant created their own character and in the afternoon, blanks, pre-fabricated by Kelly were painted and dressed so that everybody went away with two new characters. It was a wonderful workshop. Thanks Kelly!          
Kelly & Friends
KELLY KIRKHAM
& Friends

Here are a couple of comments about the workshop:
"I loved the workshop. I thought it was really useful and practical. I loved that I was able to make something that I'll be able to use in my work with children. The workshop was a ideal length - we had enough time to complete our projects but also went home good and tired. There was ample opportunity to ask questions and get practical advice from Kelly."

"The workshop was wonderful. Very relaxed, yet informative at the same time. The time just flew by! "

If you are interested in signing up for future workshopS visit the WORKSHOP page for more information.

NEW SHIPMENT FROM KNOGGIN KNITTING
Beautiful felted hand puppets made by local puppeteer Kristi Wilson.
 

AND OTHERS

Alexander's newest marionettes are only 10" tall and feature a very easy-to-use controller for a wide range of expressive movement. Each character is beautifully dressed in fine detail.

Each $80

PRICES VARY DEPENDING ON SIZE AND CONTROLLER TYPE.
ALEXANDER MERGOLD
 
More From ALEXANDER MERGOLD
 
Il Dottore
Pierrot
Tin Man
 

Alice's TWO OF SPADES (15")
$150.00

DUPA (12")
$50

ELF (24")
$150
 
Il Arlecchino
Il Capitano
Colombina
 
HARLEQUIN ( 24")
$250
PIERROT (30")
$250
PUNCH ( 16 ")
$150
 



Check out the new PUPPET RESCUE PAGE. You will see some of the rescued, vintage and used puppets that now share lodgings with puppets by ALEXANDER MERGOLD, KELLY KIRKHAM, KRISTY WILSON, STEVEN BARKLEY and of course OPEN DOOR DESIGNS.

   


PUPPETS UP 2009 - August 8th & 9th
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.

       

Telling Stories
“This year, the festival’s Telling Stories theme has inspired a story writing competition and a youth production”, says Noreen Young, Puppets Up! Artistic Director. ”We are going to take the winning children’s stories and fashion them into a puppet production to be presented at the festival by a youth troupe comprised of eight local Mississippi Mills and Carleton Place children”.
The Puppets Up! story writing competition is open to children ages 8 to 15 and submissions are due by April 30, 2009. Within 1,000 words, entrants will be asked to write a story involving a bookworm and a kid (boy or girl). A panel of local authors, booksellers, librarians and artists will judge the results.
The top three competition winners will join Nick, the festival mascot, in the daily festival parade on both August 8 and 9. They'll earn prizes in the amounts of $100, $75 and $50 as well. More Info