Your SlideShare is downloading. ×
How to do Effective Puppet Shows
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5

Thanks for flagging this SlideShare!

Oops! An error has occurred.

Saving this for later? Get the SlideShare app to save on your phone or tablet. Read anywhere, anytime – even offline.
Text the download link to your phone
Standard text messaging rates apply

How to do Effective Puppet Shows


Published on

A short overview of conducting an effective puppetshow

A short overview of conducting an effective puppetshow

1 Comment
  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total Views
On Slideshare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

Report content
Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

No notes for slide


  • 1. Puppets Galore Fundamentals of Effective Puppet Shows Glenn McKnight
  • 2. Topics ● Part One  Part Two –Scripts ­Logistics –Characters ­Staging ­Extra Staging –Protagonist ­Special Effects –Plot ­Electrical and Lighting –Humour ­Music –Rehersals –Having Fun
  • 3. Scripts  Know your audience and know what you can or cannot write about. If your skit will be put on in a church, make your skit about Biblical principles and so forth.  If your skit will be put on in front of an organization run by the government or in a government building you may not be allowed to use religious beliefs in your skit.
  • 4. Characters  Know the characters that will be in your play. Look at what you have to work with and write your script around that.  Pick a main character (protagonist) from among the puppets you have in your selection.
  • 5. Characters: Antagonist  Choose a bad guy (an antagonist) who will make life hard for your hero.  When choosing this character, which can be a boy, girl or animal, make sure it is one that is believable in appearance.  For example, don't choose a sweet looking little boy to be your villain.
  • 6. Plot  Come up with a plot. Along with who your character is, you need to know what your play is about, where it is happening and what is wrong.  Your character must desire something, but is unable to get it for some reason.
  • 7. Humour  Come up with some humour. Children love slapstick humor and lots of animation.  Make it fun and exaggerate everything to the hilt
  • 8. Rehersals  Practice your skit with your puppets. Check out their expressions as you go through the play which will give you inspiration.  Use improvisation as you go and write down any new ideas or dialogue that comes to you in this process.
  • 9. Have Fun  Try to avoid preachy language or longwinded dialogue.  Make your skit full of action and try not to let the scenes in your script be stagnate. The most important rule in creating a puppet skit is to make it fun and enjoyable.
  • 10. Logistics  If you have alot of stuff,  ask for suitable truck  size parking near  unloading doors ­Ice/snow free path ­Access to  ramps/elevators  Adult assistance if equipment must be carried up/down stairs
  • 11. Staging  Shape: A stage is a triangle  Size: 14' wide x 7'deep x 9'high.  Pathway: A path 3'wide must be left on all sides.  Location: The stage is most often set in a corner of the room with diagonal seating.  Height: The puppets' playing floor is 6' off the actual floor - we do not need or want a raised stage.  Viewing: From chairs are set back ten feet  Viewing: From the floor are set back fifteen feet .
  • 12. Extra Staging  Video screen & projector (placed to the SL side)  Picture props are place in the front of the stage  Mood and spot lighing attached on the frame or at the
  • 13. Special Effects  Dramatic effects to showcase the action including:  Use of "smoke"/fog machines to create a mood for scary  or compelling stories  Video projection  Projection of pictures, videos and on location cameras to  enhance the story Others  ­micro pyrotechnics ­bubbles ­"snow"
  • 14. Electrical and Lighting  Standard electrical outlets  CSA rated Extension cords  2 separate circuits preferred  LED lighting  Strobe light/Kaleidoscope light  Spot lighting on stage
  • 15. Music  Music enhances the performance  Select free music from Internet Archives.   Http://    Songs can be saved as a MP3 file or Wav format  and played during the performance  If you have any musical volunteers or performers  have them be creative and provide music interludes  or character music forms ie. Peter and the Wolf
  • 16. Thank you