March 5, 1986 |
Down a darkened flight of stairs in the basement of Glassboro State College's Memorial Hall, piles of cloth and paper and foam are slumped in cardboard boxes and slung on wooden racks, waiting for the magic that will bring them to life. With the help of Diane and George Neff, artists in residence at the college, the inanimate materials become puppets, creatures of song and story and dance. And with the help of the Neffs, Glassboro State will present a monthlong exhibit featuring the creations of nine renowned puppeteers, including Jim Henson and Bil Baird.
June 16, 1988 |
Robert Smythe's parents like to tell stories about how he would rescue items from the trash and make puppets out of them. He would stage these little shows for his schoolmates. It probably was all very cute. Then, when he was in high school, he decided he was being very unfair. To the puppets. "I liked them, but I didn't know why, and I didn't know what to do with them," Smythe recalled. Enter fellow Phillips Academy student Peter Sellars, now an enfant terrible of the American theater.
February 28, 1997 |
The program for Fantoccini, the new Mum Puppettheatre production, notes that the term fantoccini was used by 19th-century traveling puppet showmen to describe short performances presented while scenery was being shifted. There is no scenery to move in the spare Mum presentation in its Manayunk theater. Artistic director Robert Smythe and technical director Bradley Pope are presenting the fantoccini without the excuse. The diverting, pleasant show consists of a series of short pieces of puppetry followed by a program of improvisation.
September 24, 1993 |
In this country we usually relegate puppet shows to the category of children's entertainment. But in Indonesia, where puppetry is taught in universities, the animated dramas are high art, essential to penetrating the culture. Shadow puppets, the flat rawhide figures traditional to the Indonesian island of Java, served as a useful motif in Peter Weir's classic film, The Year of Living Dangerously, about the 1965 Indonesian revolt. The movie opens with a small dance between two puppets.
December 27, 2012
LONDON - Gerry Anderson, puppetry pioneer and British creator of the sci-fi hit "Thunderbirds" TV show, has died. He was 83. Anderson's television career launched in the 1950s. Once "Thunderbirds" aired in the 1960s, "Thunderbirds are go!" became a catchphrase for generations. It also introduced the use of "supermarionation" - a puppetry technique using thin wires to control marionettes. - ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 28, 2012
Gerry Anderson, 83, puppetry pioneer and British creator of the sci-fi hit Thunderbirds TV show, has died. Mr. Anderson's son Jamie said his father, who got a diagnosis of mixed dementia two years ago, died in his sleep Wednesday at a nursing home near Oxfordshire, England. Mr. Anderson's television career launched in the 1950s. Once Thunderbirds aired in the 1960s, "Thunderbirds are go!" became a catchphrase for generations. It also employed "supermarionation" - a puppetry technique using thin wires to control marionettes - and made sci-fi mainstream, according to Jamie Anderson.
July 21, 1995 |
In 18th-century England, puppetry was the vogue. Everyone who was anyone was seen at puppet shows. The same was true in France, where marionette operas were fierce competition for live theater. Even shadow puppetry thrived, having its own Paris theater and a host of fashionable patrons. Today, puppetry has lost its gloss to high-tech media. Yet it continues to be beguiling entertainment, especially for children. Starting tomorrow, puppet lovers and novices of all ages may satisfy their passion and curiosity with a weeklong festival of puppet shows at the National Convention of the Puppeteers of America at Bryn Mawr College.
April 5, 2013
Jane Henson, 78, Jim Henson's partner in marriage and Muppets, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer, the Jim Henson Co. said. She and Jim Henson met in the mid-1950s in a University of Maryland puppetry class, and they became creative and business partners in the development of the Muppets. The Hensons married in 1959 and had five children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John, and Heather. The pair separated in 1986, and Jim Henson died in 1990.
September 28, 2008 |
Robert T. Lenton, 80, a classical musician, painter, craft-store owner, and puppeteer, died of rectal cancer last Sunday at his home in Philadelphia. In a 1979 interview with a Philadelphia columnist, Mr. Lenton voiced concern about the fourth career that he had chosen. "The hardest thing about puppetry is getting people in to see it, the Muppets notwithstanding," he said. "People just forget about puppets once they're out of childhood. They seem foreign and strange to adults.
May 28, 1989 |
Flower the Kite is the story of a journey traveled by a kite, whisked away from its owner in a gust of wind. The Magic Coin changed the events in Philadelphia on May 13, 1985. By wishing on a magic coin, the bombing of a house on Osage Avenue never happened. Leprechauns Always Lie told of a pot of gold spirited away by a fibbing green munchkin. Such were the titles and stories contained in books written by the 260 students at the Simmons Elementary School in Horsham.