When I found out that Puppet School would be closing its doors, I jumped at the opportunity to enroll in one of their final classes. It also didn’t hurt that my workshop was going to be taught by an award-winning Muppeteer who performed as Mr. Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street.
After five years of teaching LA the art of puppetry, Puppet School ended all sales of future public classes on July 31, 2015. Don’t worry though they still may provide some special private classes at some point in the future.
Boxes have feelings too.
Believe it or not, this amazing creation was made by one of the students in my class.
Not happy that Puppet School is closing.
One of the co-founders of Puppet School LA is an award-winning Muppeteer who performed as Mr. Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street and also puppeteered lead characters in the film Team America.
Our puppets began with just these three items…
…which we cut out…
…and glued to form the head/mouth of our future puppet.
Inspiration surrounded us.
I wondered if my creation would end up looking as good as these.
I mean some of these puppets are stars and have performed in local productions of Avenue Q!
I could’ve sworn I’ve seen him in something.
After getting over my performance anxiety issues, I just had to accept that whatever I created with my own hands would be good enough. So after using the supplies I was given and putting together the first part of my puppet…
…I headed outside to spray on adhesive to connect my puppet’s head to its newly selected body.
And this is where our creativity would become the most important part in developing our puppet creation. I started mine off with some basic googly eyes…
…one very sharp tooth…
…and a bright orange furry nose. I then hit my creative wall.
Once we were done creating our puppets it was time to introduce them to the rest of the class.
Jenny and Ken, a married couple who I’ve seen at some other events, sat next to me during the workshop.
I knew Jenny’s puppet, who was based on her husband Ken, was going to be a hit.
Drew took his 3D creation to a whole new level.
It was probably the best in class.
There was so much creativity in the room that I started to second guess what I had done to mine. I even stalled at introducing my puppet and continued to work on him while the others were introducing theirs.
I mean how could I compete with ‘Donald Trump.’
But you know what, it wasn’t a competition, It was a chance for us adults to tap back into to our creative child side, make something original and most importantly have fun.
So with that, I completed my puppet by adding a long thick tongue…
…came up with a random name (that I can’t remember now) and introduced him to the rest of the class with some crazy impromptu voice that I felt best suited him.
After my intro it was time for some fun puppet games that included a puppet version of Simon Sez which was a perfect way to end our once in a lifetime experience at Puppet School.