Programs

Contact Nicole at puppetsalacarte@gmail.com

PUPPETS A LA CARTE

Our signature presentation begins with a short performance and continues as a highly interactive workshop.  The puppeteer introduces children/adults to several types of puppets.  Nicole then demonstrates how the puppets are used, gives tips for movement and voice techniques, and guides children/adults to use the puppets following prompts to create 2 minutes skits.

$150/hour

PUPPETS PLAYED TO ORDER

The customer chooses the puppets that will be featured and the theme that the show will embrace.  The puppeteer will gladly make suggestions.  Audience members are encouraged to play with puppets at the end of the show.  A three week advance notice is required to prepare the tailored theme.

$300/hour (depending on nature of preparation time)

PUPPETS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

Great for all ages.  Use puppets to start a conversation about topics of interest in your community – however you care to define “your community.”  Nicole will use Theater for Social Change techniques to engage participants in theatrical play that helps unearth topics of concern, celebration, and discussion.  If groups wish to continue the practice, Nicole will guide you in devising a unique performance using puppets.

$150/hour

SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS

Around the World with Puppets: A one hour introduction to various forms of puppetry (hand puppet, marionette, rod puppet, shadow puppet, giant puppets) from countries around the world.  This presentation asks for several student volunteers and allows all children to participate from their seats.  Ideal for groups as small as 5 children and up to 50 children.

$150 (optional small handmade caterpillar puppet for each child, add $1 per child)

Story Spirit: A one hour interactive story telling show using children’s choices of puppets as well as objects for object theater.

$150

Characterization: In this one hour workshop, Nicole teaches upper elementary aged students about characterization.  Through an introduction to various puppets of her own, the children learn the elements of characterization that they can apply to their own creative work, or to analysis of fiction.  Classmates are divided into teams and circulate to a number of stations where they practice elements of characterization with a variety of puppet types.

$150

Celebrate Lunar New Year: Learn about Lunar New year (aka Chinese New Year, Spring Festival).  Our giant home made dragon puppet will inspire children to imagine what they can make on their own as well as think about what the new year means to them.  Children stand under the dragon holding up hoops and marching forward to bring this mythic creature to life. One child or teacher can be chosen to lead the puppet in its movement with the “pearl of wisdom” topped staff. Other children can run along side with noise makers or other (quieter) decorations.

$150/hour

BIRTHDAY and OTHER PARTIES

After a short performance, puppets chat with your guests, making the guest of honor feel special, read a story while children participate with props, and invite children to play with a whole box of puppets. Individual approaches will be considered.

$200/hour

ATTENTION GETTER: ROVING PUPPETEER

Looking to add a little pizazz to your party?  Consider having one of our puppets mingle with your guests, or provide a short opening act. Got music? Our scarf marionette loves to dance.

Else, a 70 year old lady from the old world, enjoys reflecting out loud on her observations of life and likes to learn from the audience.

Other options possible.

$100/hour

CONSULTING

I greatly enjoy working with theater people, teachers, and all puppet lovers to help incorporate puppetry in your work and play.  Send me an email and lets start a conversation!

$50/hour

PUPPETRY CAMP

Currently by invitation only.  Offered over spring, summer, or winter breaks.  3 or 5 hours each day for 2 or 5 days.  Maximum of 10 children (or adults) per session.  Participants will learn about warming up body and voice for performances, will have the chance to play with my puppet collection, will make their own puppets, and create a short collaborative performance for their loved ones.

$60 for two days $125 for five days.

Summer 2019 I will be offering two options.

1) Punch Camp:  July 15 – July 19 for kids 5 and up (this camp is good if you have siblings of varying ages)

9:00-12:00 Cost = $105 for first child, $80 for siblings. (VIP Club price)

Includes a snack every day and a performance for parents on the last day. No after program swimming except on Friday at the conclusion of our performance – each puppeteer needs a parent or designated adult there to supervise him/her in the pool.  Block off your afternoon because we love to stretch out our pool party into the early evening!!

2) Judy Camp:  July 22 – July 26 for kids 8 and up

9:00-2:00 Cost = $105 for first child, $80 for siblings. (VIP Club price)

A little more advanced, with more concentration and fine motor skills required.  Includes a snack every day, kids bring their own lunch and stay to eat & swim (if competent swimmers) from 12-2, performance on last day for parents. Swim party for all families after performance. Block off your afternoon because we love to stretch out our pool party into the early evening!!

I need at least 5 enrollees to run each camp and will cap the enrollment at 10 kids per camp.

Non VIP members may sign up after early bird registration ends (on May 1), if slots are available and by invitation only at $125//$100 for siblings.

Email me by May 1st to reserve your spot and submit your payment by June 15th to enroll. 

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