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Terry Angus and Jim Henson

Terry Angus recently posted a video I’ve never seen before.

In 1989 both Terry and Jim Henson made an appearance on a show called “From The Heart: International Very Special Arts” It showcased people who had different disabilities that had very special talents. The opening of the show has¬†Jim Henson come out and talk about Terry Angus; the video also has an amazing performance.

Sadly, this was the last¬†Terry had with Jim…
“Little did I know this would be the last time that I would see Jim ever again. We will always miss you Jim and love you.” Terry Angus

Anyone who has had the pleasure of talking to Terry on-line or in person can tell you he is a fantastic person, a really contributor to the art of puppetry, always providing help when asked and someone who I look up to personally. Awesome performance and I’m glad camera’s were rolling to capture the moment.

You can see Terry’s work on his website at:¬†http://www.anguspuppets.com/

Now You Know

Now You Know - Chris Hadfield

Here is Howie and Baboo with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield! I build Howie and Baboo for a new show by Little Engine Moving Pictures¬†and Sinking Ship Entertainment called “Now You Know”. This picture was taken by Giordano Ciampini during an episode called “How do Astronauts Float in Space?” ¬†Howie and Baboo were¬†puppeteered by Frank Meschkuleit and Marty Stelnick.

I was very honoured to be a part of this show, everyone in the production were awesome to work with! I can’t wait for the premier of the show in end of Feb, early March!
Stay Tuned!

Muppet Christ Superstar- by fan Christo Graham

I was surprised to find Muppet fan Christo Graham from Lennoxville, Qu√©bec produced a Muppet musical based on the Broadway hit Jesus Christ Superstar. I’m pretty certain Christo hasn’t gotten the proper permission from Disney, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber to release this for sale to the public…so I recommend downloading it before the Cease and Desists arrive. LOL

I have given it a listen and it is pretty good from a character impression standpoint. You can give it a listen for free or download it for a donation HERE.
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Casey and Finnegan


I happen to be skimming through Youtube and accidentally found this audio interview of¬† Mr. Dressup’s Casey & Finnegan (Judith Lawrence) visit with Jenny Brown on Hornby Island Radio 96.5 CHFR Dated May 29, 2012.


Mr. Dressup aired every weekday morning, and each day Mr. Dressup (Ernie Coombs) would lead children through a series of songs, stories, arts, crafts, and imagination games, with the help of his puppet friends Casey and Finnegan, a child and a dog who lived in a treehouse in the back yard. Judith Lawrence was the puppeteer who brought Casey and Finnegan to life.

The show ran from 1967 to February 14, 1996. During that time Judith Lawrence retired and slowly so did Casey and Finnegan from the show. When Casey and Finnegan stopped appearing  it was explained on screen that Casey and Finnegan were now attending kindergarten.

On September 18th 2001, Ernie Coombs (Mr. Dressup) died of a stroke in Toronto. Generations of Canadian children, as well as kids growing up in northern regions of the United States which received the CBC signal, grew up watching Mr. Dressup were devastated.

Today Judith Lawrence lives in British Columbia, has the Order of Canada, became a strong community leader for her community, a designer of the recycling depot, and a farmer/environmentalist.

I managed to find a behind the scene image of the Tree House Cassey and Finnegan “lived” in…something I always wanted to see ūüôā

I also came across someone who built Casey and Finnegan puppets! Check out the step by step build HERE! and HERE!

Puppet Slam: One Night Slam

All during 2011- Unraku (located in Toronto, Ontario)¬†will be¬†hosting “One Night Slam”¬†an ongoing series of puppet slams! This trend of adult entertainment will be held at different locations throughout Toronto and the greater Toronto area.

The first One Night Slam takes place this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and will include work by The Bricoteer Puppetry Project, Quality Slippers Productions, Banjo Puppets, Applefun Puppetry, and Unraku
Admission is a suggested $10 but is a “Pay what you want” type event.¬†¬†As an audience member you will be treated to not only the best puppetry ever, but admission also¬†includes free drinks and snacks during the show. There will also be a small puppet market where puppet builders¬†can buy and sell¬†their wares.

To get all the details sign up to attend One Night Slam on Facebook.

Puppet Slam: Frozen Strings

Winnipeg’s Third Annual Puppet Slam event is happening at the Gas Station Theatre on January 31.

Heather Henson performed at Winnipeg‚Äôs first puppet slam in July, making the show a huge hit and¬†encouraging local performers to put on a puppet slam ‚ÄĒ a variety show for adults where various artists perform various puppet works.
This month’s event will feature live music by the Secondhandpants and new works by 6, Adhere and Deny, Jazz on a String, The Wishweweres, Prominent Chin, X, and Jeannine DesRoches.

Tickets to Frozen Strings Puppet Slam are $10 and can be purchased at WinnipegPuppetSlam.com, or at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Improvised Puppet Show

Brendan James Boyd¬†started¬†a Vancouver¬†puppet troupe¬†who hosts an¬†adult puppet show called¬†“Rear Entry:Improvised Puppet Show”.

Brendan explains the troupes focus…¬†
“It’s a little different from other puppet Improv shows because instead of a series of short skits we use puppet characters do a full improvised long form play. It’s been really neat so far, and it’s getting huge buzz here in Vancouver! There’s also no humans allowed in the scenes, and there’s quite a bit of audience interaction throughout !”

He continues…

“It’s been INCREDIBLY challenging to manipulate the puppets AND improvise, so it’s been a huge learning curve for all of us! SO MUCH FUN THOUGH.”

I’d advise watching¬†the video posted on their website– great performance and the audience¬†seems to be having a great time!
 
Rear Entry: a Improvised Puppet show takes place on the second Monday of every month after Tops & Bottoms and is presented by The Bobbers: Queer Comedy Improv and The J Lounge. 

The J Lounge is located at 1216 Bute Street, Vancouver, BC.